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Hot Rod
Revved Up
Sun Jul 01 16:34:53

A Kid.

Yesterday after shopping in our local supermarket, I was in the queue at the Check Out, and heard when the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.
The woman apologised to the young girl & then sighed, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."
The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. You folk didn't do enough to save our environment for future generations."
The older lady said "Ahh yes you're right -- our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day." She sighed then continued:
Back then, we returned milk bottles, lemonade bottles & beer bottles to the shops. The shops then sent them back to the plant to be washed, sterilized & refilled, so those same bottles were used over & over, thus REALLY were recycled. But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.
Grocery stores put our groceries into brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) were not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalise our books on their brown paper bag/covers. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.
I remember how we walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store or office building; walked to the grocery store & didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go 200 yards.
. . . But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.
Back then we washed the baby's nappies 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 & solar power really did dry our clothes back in our days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. . . . But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.
Back then we had one radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And if anyone did own a TV, it had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of a football pitch. When cooking we blended & stirred by hand coz we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send by post, we used layers of old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline 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., , , , But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.
We drank from a tap or 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, & we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the "green thing" back then. Back then, people took the bus & kids rode bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mothers into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's expensive car or van, which cost what a whole house did before the "green thing"..
Oh and 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 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest leisure park.
. . . . But it so sad this current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then? . . . I think you should forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from some smart ass young person. .. ...
We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off... Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smart ass who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Wrath of Orion
Sun Jul 01 16:56:57
Nobody gives a shit about what you think.
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Sun Jul 01 17:35:49

Evidently you do fart smeller.

the wanderer
Sun Jul 01 18:25:11
old people created the newer people so they will always be to blame for everything
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Sun Jul 01 18:39:24

Not my fault you turned out lazy.

Mon Jul 02 07:34:24
What "green things" are the old lady talking about?

"Back then, we returned milk bottles, lemonade bottles & beer bottles to the shops. The shops then sent them back to the plant to be washed, sterilized & refilled, so those same bottles were used over & over, thus REALLY were recycled."

Bottles are recycled today too.
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Mon Jul 02 08:21:02

Plastic bags that you get at the grocery store and other items that are bad for the environment.

Are the bottles you recycle in the hundreds of millions?

smart dude
Mon Jul 02 09:36:55
Rod already posted this at least twice before.
Average Ameriacn
Mon Jul 02 10:02:30
Good to know:
How to Recycle Spent Ammo
smart dude
Mon Jul 02 11:19:12
Previous generations trashed the environment but, hey, at least they recycled bottles?

Meanwhile the old bag in the OP story seems to have fully assimilated into the wasteful culture that she attempts to condemn with all of her "In my day..!" bullshit. After all, she's the one using the plastic bags at the grocery store, not the young person. She has absolutely zero moral high ground to stand on. Typical entitled old person: "Durr, I'm old and my generation was better 1,000 years ago so I can do whatever I want now." Retarded.
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Mon Jul 02 11:46:53

sd - Stop telling lies. You are starting to sound like a liberal.

Tentacle Rapist
Mon Jul 02 13:40:59
smart dude
Mon Jul 02 14:40:57
Lie? Read your own post (which is asking a lot from you). Who in the story is using plastic grocery bags? The ones that are "bad for the environment," as you said yourself?
Hot Rod
Revved Up
Mon Jul 02 15:47:33

Cthulhu - No. She voted the way the Pendergast machine told her to for the extra help they gave us.

sd- old people like me.

We don't have school books or other uses for brown paper bags.

But, we did do all of those things back in the forties and some of it spilled over into '50s and '60s.

the wanderer
Tue Jul 03 10:52:51
Scott 'sound-proof booth' Pruitt scandal #71:

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and his aides have kept "secret" calendars and schedules to overtly hide controversial meetings or calls with industry representatives and others, according to a former EPA official who is expected to soon testify before Congress. A review of EPA documents by CNN found discrepancies between Pruitt's official calendar and other records.

EPA staffers met routinely in Pruitt's office to "scrub," alter or remove from Pruitt's official calendar numerous records because they might "look bad," according to Kevin Chmielewski, Pruitt's former deputy chief of staff for operations, who attended the meetings.


Trump ♡ corruption
the wanderer
Tue Jul 03 13:58:35
#72 & #73:

Scott Pruitt told EPA aides that he wanted his wife to make $200,000 or more a year -- and suggested she get a job at the Republican Attorney Generals Association, which he led. He also asked EPA lawyers to help him win a dispute with his landlord.

the wanderer
Tue Jul 03 14:02:44

The former treasurer of @EPAScottPruitt's super PAC now runs the office that reviews all FOIA requests for his office.


...found that while trying to find yet a different one i saw today
the wanderer
Tue Jul 03 14:08:02
this was it


Scott Pruitt repeatedly asked his 25-year-old staffers to put hotel reservations on their personal credit cards rather than his -- then refused to pay them back.


same article as #72 & #73... haven't bothered to battle the pay wall to read it
Cherub Cow
Tue Jul 03 16:14:45
"I think you should forward this on"

In case you didn't think this was a "FW FW FW RE RE RE" e-mail chain meant for old people, they were kind enough to include this line at the bottom. So sweet! ;p
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