I’m noticing myself getting increasing irritated at having to tell cashiers at grocery stores and convenience stores “I don’t want the receipt.” Is it just me that thinks in this debit-card, eco-conscious world it’s time to rethink the idea of giving out paper receipts for a bottle of water and pack of gum? Or for a burger from the drive-through?
Cashiers usually plop the receipt in my hand along with my change or hold it out for me to retrieve. I then have to figure out where to put it in order to put my change back into your wallet. I can throw it into my already unorganized purse, toss it onto the floorboard of my car, or find a trash can and immediately throw it away. Granted, it doesn’t take much effort to do any of these things, but when I’m having a particularly busy day, even the simple task of dealing with the receipt feels like a major annyonance.
In these days of credit and debit cards a purchase will automatically be reflected in your monthly statement so you don’t need to diligently bring your receipts home and keep them safe. With all the recent eco-conscious programs – particularly in Austin – why do we need to waste paper on printing out a receipt for a pack of gum and a bottle of water? Don’t get me wrong, I still want receipts for non-perishable big-ticket items in case I need to return something. But it feels impractical and grossly out-dated to keep handing out receipts that (I think) in most cases are simply thrown away.
Am I the only one that’s having a problem with this? Does this bother you? I’d love to know what you do with your receipts.