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Supermarkets Can’t Handle Paper Bags

Alert — and frustrated — “06880” reader/shopper Bob Weingarten writes:

Several years ago Westport banned plastic shopping bags. They were replaced by paper bags. Most had paper handles, for ease of carrying.

Only one supermarket consistently provided paper bags without handles: Stop & Shop.

But a month ago, Fresh Market switched from paper bags with handles to ones without.

When Fresh Market management was asked about the switch, they said it was done by corporate, because all other Fresh Markets use plastic. That’s not really an excuse.

I no long buy more than one bag of groceries, since it is difficult to carry bags without handles. I could use a cart to my car but would rather not. It just causes congestion in the parking lot.

“06880” readers: Has the plastic bag ban worked out for you? Click “Comments” below.

Local grocery store bags — with and without handles. (Photos/Bob Weingarten)