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By Ed Neely, Dana Point

Regarding the letter in last week’s paper from Dick Rudolph about the newly implemented bag ban in Dana Point, I appreciate his investigation of Smart & Final and how having to use customer provided bags or paper bags have slowed things up at checkout in the store.

I would suggest, however, that a more widespread investigation is warranted before he passes judgment. Since the start of the bag ban, I’ve shopped in various super markets in town and find the checkout procedure takes the same amount of time as before. The only difference is that I provide my own grocery bags, or when I forget, the checker pulls out a paper bag rather than a plastic one.

Now I’m not conducting any study here, it’s just one guy’s observation, but just saying…

I do like Smart & Final and do shop there once in a while. If there is a problem, perhaps it’s in the way they check and bag rather than not having the skills to use paper bags as opposed to plastic.

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