Photo by Salt Water New England

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Grocery Decontamination Zone

Photo by Salt Water New England

13 comments:

  1. I've heard several pundits state that this pandemic may result in the return of plastic bags because the reusable totes, to include those shown here are nothing more than incubators for bacteria. I for one do not utilize reusable totes mainly because the few I have are always forgotten at home when I head out to shop for groceries.

    Given the easy communicability of COVID-19,as well as other baterial infections, I think they may have a point.

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  2. You can wash totes in warm water and detergent...which kills the virus. It can live for days on plastic. When you get home and unpack your bags, wipe down everything you bought and then throw the bags in the wash.

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  3. I just washed one of my large totes in the washing machine yesterday. I thought now was a good time to do that.

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  4. Trying to get the totes washed on a regular basis,can really help!

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  5. If you're going to use those totes for trips to the grocery, boil them. Then boil them again when you return after each trip to the grocery store.

    Or simply use the plastic bags that the grocery store offers, and recycle them as under-the-sink or kitchen trash-can bags. Or use paper bags from the grocery and recycle those as containers for recycling newspapers, junk mail, etc.

    Fabric bags aren't great for situations like this because they can harbor pathogens, which mean they need to be thoroughly cleaned after every use.

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  6. Is that Amy's Lentil Soup I spy in the picture? I too am partly relying on that to get me through the pandemic. Oddly, that and Rao's are the only two soups that customers have not completely cleaned out of my grocery store. Go figure.

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  7. At Quick Chek I was told I could no longer use my thermal coffee cup nor could I pour my own coffee. The employee put it in a paper cup for me. Then at Whole Foods, the cashier said I had to load my own cloth bag because the Health Department said they were no longer allowed to do that. I am still trying to stay eco-friendly but its getting challenging.

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    1. Would that there might be a gentleman about to load your bag. Back in the day no man would think of standing by without helping a woman fill a grocery bag, especially a cashier.

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    2. How true. When we lived in New York City there was a firehouse next door to the local grocery store. The firemen would always pack their own groceries. Other so-called men stood by and watched the cashiers do the packing.

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    3. I use my canvas and cloth totes and just spray them with Lysol or anything that contains 70+ percent isopropyl alcohol. I always keep 91 percent IA on hand for such things but lately it's been difficult to find.

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    4. Interesting comments. I suspect at least some are from older generation readers. "... so-called men stood by and watched the cashiers..." There seems to be a stereotypical assumption that the cashiers are female, and that these fragile cashiers and customers are not strong, independent women." I believe comments like that are called-out on most of today's college campuses.

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    5. Yes, interesting comments. My only observation; did you ever notice how much more quickly the check out line moves, when the customers help with the bagging? Make life easier for the cashier. Move the line along. Bag your own. Especially you men!

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  8. Yes. This is one of the things we’ve lost. During the late sixties I worked in a grocery store as an all around stock clerk/bagger. They even let me run the cash register. When it was busy we would hop from cashier to cashier to help with the bagging. It would have been unthinkable for a man to stand by and not help the cashier bag. This in the day, of course, prior to “brand extensions.” Many of the cashiers knew prices by memory. There was no swiping again and again of a single item. You couldn’t keep up with the cashiers often they rang up the orders so fast!

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