Jamie Andrews

I’ve got a fucking bag!

I recently bought the domain name ivegotafuckingbag.com.

Every time I visit a shop I am massively frustrated by the fact that I am offered a bag for anything but smallest of items. Every single time I have my own bag, and I have to politely interrupt the cashier as they attempt to put my items into one of the shop’s plastic bags.

Although I am polite every time (I know that the person serving me thinks that they are being helpful), inside I am screaming “I’ve got a fucking bag!”, especially when (a) it is a shop I visit regularly and the person should really know by now that I always bring my own bag or (b) it is a chain store like Tesco who supposedly have policies around who they offer bags to, but that are hardly ever followed in practice (in the post below I’ve published some emails I’ve previously exchanged with Tesco customer service on this subject).

Today, I read that after a temporary decline (potentially in part due to a short-term fashion-fuelled awareness boost from I’m not a plastic bag and similar campaigns), the use of plastic bags is on the rise again in the UK. So I thought I should write this blog post and try and make something happen.

I bought the domain, inspired in part by goodfuckingidea.com and now I am thinking of things to do with it. I’ve had a few thoughts myself, and I’d love to hear any responses/further ideas in the comments:

  1. It could simply be a place to go and say “I’ve got a fucking bag!” and feel less bad because you’ll see all the other people who have got a fucking bag and are feeling as frustrated as you…
  2. We could have a map where users could add a red pin to say they’ve visited a shop and had to prompt the shopkeeper to stop putting stuff in bags or  a green pin if the shopkeeper explicitly asks if they need a bag. If the shop is already on there then there could be voting system to say whether the shop is improving or not.
  3. We could use it to create a dialogue between the big retailers and their customers. If a company has a stated policy and their individual store managers aren’t passing it on to the people actually serving customers, then they should be told, and they should do something about it!
  4. Maybe the site could become a (non-confrontational!) talking point between customers and smaller shopkeepers, though it may be difficult to build any kind of momentum with independent shops (i.e. the ones where the same person serves you every time) with this approach.

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