I started a new job as a Christmas temp in some retail work today. Aside from dealing with idiots asking for help finding a specific film they can't remember the name of, or the story to. Or even the incredibly attractive girl asking for music recommendations being shadowed by an over protective mother that stepped in at the most inappropriate of times. I found myself dealing with something I now like to call, "Green Snobbery". Granted, its not the most inventive of names but I'm knackered and...sod it I'll be honest, I just can't be bothered to think up a good name for it now. I was instructed not to ask, "Would you like a bag with that?" but, "Do you need a bag with that?" Because we're supposed to promote being green and the less people who ask for bags, the less we have to order, even though the stock room is chock full of boxes with bags in them and there's a new order on the way. Now I'm all for the being green effort and have no problems with people who are genuinely putting in an effort, put plastic bags doesn't cut it, it doesn't even scrape the surface. "No thanks, I'm doing my bit for the planet!" followed by a smug smile and a brisk walk out of the shop, head held high, started to get on my nerves after a while. Guess what prat? You've done bugger all for the planet. Whether you refuse to take a bag or not, we've still got hundreds of them all over the stock room and behind the till and head office will still send hundreds more each week, because they're barmy like that. As I said, I'm all for the green effort. I don't find myself irritated by everybody who did this. The sweet old lady with the tote bag stacked full of goodies, the guy who just carried his larger purchase out in his hands, and the mother who used her child's pram as a shopping cart all came across as genuinely trying to be resourceful. Actually I think I liked the last one just because she made her brat get out and use his legs for once. But as for the girls who had nearly empty backpacks as fashion accessories, carrying up to six shopping bags from other stores, hair laden with hair spray, irritated me to no end. Don't preach to me about being green and reducing your carbon footprint because you think it makes you look 'hip', especially with all that crap in your hair and argument contradicting items dangling from your arms. Discuss instances of people latching on to causes for the image status, preaching when in dire need of taking their own advice, or just how shitty I am at dealing with people because they didn't want to see my fantastic bagging talents. Super bonus added fun time poll! Do you support the green movement?