I never thought stopping by a local grocery store last Monday for a couple of boxes of oatmeal would put my spotless criminal record in jeopardy. When I went into the store, I realized I didn’t bring my cloth shopping bag. When checking out I told the cashier to charge me for a bag (10 cents) rather than juggle the two boxes to the car. In the garage I took the two boxes from the bag and went in the house leaving the bag with my two others.

Last Friday, I went shopping at a different store with my shopping bags and when the cashier pointed out the bag I had purchased last Monday was imprinted with warning that it is a violation to use this bag at any store except the one I purchased it; and this was not that store. My heart started palpitating as the cashier stared at me. Did the bag have some sort of tracking device, was the cashier going to report me (she has my name off my credit card), or is the bag treated with some agent to make my food spoil if it detected it was being used at a different store? All these thoughts were racing through my mind as I told the cashier to “fill it.”

Fred Snyder is a Gettysburg Times columnist. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the newspaper. Contact Fred at fsnyder@gburgtimes.com or 717-334-1131, ext. 2850. “Around Town” is published in the Gettysburg Times every Tuesday.

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