Joke: Cashier Mocks Old Lady in a Supermarket Checkout for Her Bag

A cashier ridiculed an old woman in the supermarket. However, the grandmother's splendid reply left the youngster speechless.

An old lady was on the checkout at the local supermarket when a young female cashier approached her.

Image of a black flat screen monitor | Photo: Pexels

Image of a black flat screen monitor | Photo: Pexels

"Back then, people took the bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mothers into a 24-hour taxi service."

The cashier told her that she ought to bring her own grocery bags next time since plastic bags aren’t "green" and that she was hurting the planet. 

“We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days,” the senior woman explained.

“That’s our problem today," the cashier replied. "Your generation didn’t care enough to save our environment for future generations. You almost blew it and ruined the planet.”

The old lady admitted that the cashier was right about one thing - their generation didn't have the green thing in their day.

She asked herself, "So what did we have back then?"

After some reflection and soul-searching, the grandma told the cashier, "Back then, we returned milk bottles, lemonade bottles and beer bottles to the shop. The shop sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled so that it could use the same bottles repeatedly. So they really were recycled."

"We walked up stairs because we didn’t have an escalator in every shop and office building. We walked to the shop and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks."

"Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days."

"Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing."

"Back then, we had one TV or radio in the house, not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of Scotland."

"In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the post, we used old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or bubble wrap."

"Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burned petrol just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working, so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity."

"We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull."

"Back then, people took the bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mothers into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint. But yeah, we didn't care enough."

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