My biggest grocery shopping challenge as a retiree (aside from dodging other retired shoppers) has been dealing with those darned flimsy plastic bags that are intended for loose fruits and vegetables. I can't open them. I finger the edges again and again, and they stay doggedly shut. What is going on?
Are these new bags since last June? A cost cutting strategy, perhaps? A ploy to keep me in the store for twice as long? Because I now seem to take 2 or 3 minutes to wrestle just one little bag open.
Or perhaps it is my fault. It could be that my aging fingers are becoming inept, or perhaps they are just really dry. But I refuse to lick them in order to gain traction.
I was recently engaged in a power struggle with what was intended to be a carrot bag when a nearby voice echoed my frustration. "I just hate those bags!" said the older woman on my right. "So this is what I do", and she reached out to finger a wet bunch of parsley. Then she opened her bag.
Whatever works. If you see me petting the damp veggies I'm not testing them for freshness.