QUOTED: Toronto retailer slams businesses (like Metro and Shoppers) that still charge for plastic bags
It makes me sick that other stores are still charging [the plastic bag fee]. I think that it should be up to the consumer to choose if they want to come in and bring their own bags or not.
—Christy McMullen, manager of Summerhill Market in Rosedale, on why her store stopped charging for plastic bags when the city-mandated fee expired on July 1—and her disgust for businesses that continue to do so. Rob Ford’s bittersweet victory over the bag fee didn’t change a whole lot for shoppers at Loblaws, Shoppers Drug Mart, Metro, Rexall PharmaPlus, Highland Farms and Fiesta Farms, all of which kept the fee and are raking in some serious coin—mostly for charities and other sustainable ventures, of course. For his part, Ford said last week, “I’m not the one to tell them what they should charge for their milk or their lettuce, but I don’t believe they should be charging for bags.” [National Post]