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:rofl:Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days." The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were truly recycled. But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribbling's. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But too bad we didn't do the green thing back then.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throwaway 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. But that young lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

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 the state of Montana.

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 mail, we used wadded up 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 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. But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms 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 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?
 

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It's embarrassing how stupid some of my generation really is......I hate to have to claim this gen of wannabe greenie liberal douchebag morons.


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And a buddy and I used to "borrow" a grocery cart left in the parking lot to push along the roadways and collect the soft drink & beer bottles to cash in at the grocery. We got either 2 or 3 cents per bottle but back then a cart full of bottles provided a nice supplemental allowance.
 

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It's embarrassing how stupid some of my generation really is......I hate to have to claim this gen of wannabe greenie liberal douchebag morons.
Don't put yourself in with that group :what? A lot of younger people in my rural area surprise me, more brains then their parents:rofl:

There is a element of douchebags in every generation !!!

No matter age or location we have all kinds !!:rofl:
 

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And a buddy and I used to "borrow" a grocery cart left in the parking lot to push along the roadways and collect the soft drink & beer bottles to cash in at the grocery. We got either 2 or 3 cents per bottle but back then a cart full of bottles provided a nice supplemental allowance.
There was a little country store about 2 miles from our house. We used to ask if we could go get a coke and a candy bar, knowing full well we didn't have any money. By the time we got there, we had picked up enough coke bottles to buy what we wanted and enough to surprise Mom with a Tab. (Of course it was warm by the time we got back with it, but she'd drink it anyway.)
 

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Ahh yes the good ol days. Now we all have given up the bicycles and got our own motorized versions. Lol

I know one summer me and grandfather collected cans from local back road hang outs, and by mid summer I had saved enough money from recycling cans, I got me a huffy 15 speed mountain bike. And the rest of the summer I rode it.
 

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Stores used to pay a bounty for returned shopping carts. Now they think you stole them to get a bounty and give you nothing. Today, I take them home remove any ID and crush them flat with the excavator and toss them in the scrap metel pile.
 

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We had a garden that we raised most of our own veggies in, we hunted and fished for meat.

Remember when appliances were made of metal instead of plastic, and they actually lasted more than 2 years? When they did break, they could be fixed instead of thrown away.
 

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Stores used to pay a bounty for returned shopping carts. Now they think you stole them to get a bounty and give you nothing. Today, I take them home remove any ID and crush them flat with the excavator and toss them in the scrap metel pile.
So this is why grocery prices are out of control.:think
 

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Stores used to pay a bounty for returned shopping carts. Now they think you stole them to get a bounty and give you nothing. Today, I take them home remove any ID and crush them flat with the excavator and toss them in the scrap metel pile.
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