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The lost art of grocery store bagging

Dear Editor:I once remember my mother tipping the grocery store baggers a dollar every Sunday on our weekly grocery store trip. They smiled and winked and were satisfied from creating a perfect collage of fruits and boxed items. Since the invention of the high speed grocery store belts, I wonder if baggers are needed anymore.A typical visit to City Market: I start through the fruit and vegetable aisle and carefully pick my selections for the week. Everything is well moistened and fresh-looking; I pack the cart with antioxidants and fiber-rich food – that is after all what’s lacking in the American diet. I slowly approach my doom: the belt, the high-speed quad of veggies and packed goods. It is all I can do but dash to the end of the belt and save the tomatoes, rescue my whole wheat bread from being pummeled by the diet Coke cans. Lift and grab, and do the best I can to quickly arrange items for safe departure.Anyway, what I am saying is: Slow down the belt, City Market. Please stop rushing to the next customer. Train the baggers in proper care and attention of each item. Managers, instead of evaluating work on how fast checkers can ring items, what about a merit raise for stacking and not bruising peaches or plums. Gold stars for actually saving on plastic bags. I just want to bring it out into the open, and make my plea for the lost art of grocery store bagging. Kathleen MilbrathAspen


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