One TikToker named Matt expressed his anger at being asked to pay 11 cents for a bag after purchasing over $3,000 worth of merchandise at Best Buy.
In his video, he is seen carrying out his merchandise alongside another person, explaining the situation to the camera as he walks back to his car.
The video is captioned: "What are you doing to give your customers a less than stellar experience? Thank you @bestbuy”
Matt is based in Kentucky, where the plastic bag tax is not implemented statewide. However, Best Buy announced they would set up their own 11-cent fee policy for plastic bags.
"It worked, didn’t it? You didn’t take a bag you didn’t need?" - said one commenter.
Viewers were divided on the matter, with many agreeing with Matt’s distress over the 11-cent policy. Many claimed to feel the same way Matt did in their own experiences, claiming that they also shopped at Best Buy but refused to pay the plastic bag fee.
However, others found it funny that Matt was living proof that the policy was working to reduce plastic bag usage since he did not purchase a bag that he would eventually throw away and contribute to plastic waste.
@mattplapp What are you doing to give your customers a less than stellar experience? Thank you @bestbuy #mattplapp #americasbestrestaurants #bestbuy #badcustomerservice ♬ original sound - Matt Plapp
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Plastic Bag Tax. Good or Bad?
There are two sides to every debate, and the plastic bag tax is no different.
Many have expressed that there is no reason to oppose a ban on plastic bags as they serve no greater purpose except ending up in landfills or as litter that harms the environment.
Some of the pros of the plastic bag ban include improving marine life, enhancing the economy, and reducing the price of goods.
On the other side, many have expressed that there are cons to eliminating plastic bags, as the plastic bag industry provides jobs to many Americans and ensures greater food safety for consumers.
Regardless, some viewers were more shocked to see that the TikToker was okay with spending $3,000 on merchandise but drew the line at paying 11 cents for a bag to carry it all out.
All over the world, many businesses have introduced something called a “plastic bag tax” as a way to eliminate how often plastic bags are used to simply carry out a customer’s goods, just to be thrown out later and end up in landfills.
In some areas around the U.S., like California, the plastic bag tax has been very effective with studies reporting up to an 85% decrease in the usage of plastic bags statewide.
However, in many other areas, the idea was much less effective, with many reporting that people have turned towards using bags made of heavier plastics in order to compensate for the lack of free bags.
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