Grandmothers are perhaps the sweetest humans on earth, but once you ruffle their feathers, you wouldn’t want to be around them. A young cashier seems to have not realized this when she tried to lecture an elderly customer for using a plastic bag instead of an environment-friendly alternative. To be fair, the grandmother was quick to get the point and apologized, explaining that during her early days, they didn’t have what she called the “green thing.”
Apparently, this was a lame excuse for the cashier, whose response reads:
“That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”
This uncalled-for statement took the elderly customer by surprise. Just as the cashier thought that the grandmother would walk away, the latter decided to stay just so she could give a much-needed lecture to the younger generation.
“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 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 school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribbling. 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.”
At this point, the savage elderly woman was on fire.
“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 you’re right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.”
“Back then we washed the baby’s diapers 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 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.”
“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 in the family’s $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the “green thing”.”
You could say that the cashier was as good as beaten. But the grandma’s last words were the coup de grâce.
“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?”
While it wasn’t clear whether this story was real or fictional, we can all learn from this elderly customer about how to respect those who came before us. Read what netizens had to say about this interesting encounter.
Now, would this cashier dare cross another elderly customer after this memorable encounter?
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