Scarborough — In response to increased pressure to encourage reusable bags, Hannaford is now offering a way for real Mainers to check out easily.
The new ‘I Brung My Own Bag’ option lets real Mainers tell the self-checkout computer they’ll be filling up bags brought from home rather than using one of the bags offered at the kiosks.
Hannaford’s Chief Mainer Gary Jay said it’s all part of keeping Maine’s top grocery chain grounded in its home state.
“We have an aisle for organic crap and a buncha other stuff for the yuppies and summer people, and now we have this new feature in our self-checkout to help regular people,” he said.
Hannaford doesn’t care what type of bag it is, Jay said.
“So long’s you brung it from home, do whatevah,” he said. “Duffel bag, book bag, Christ, if you want to bring in a bait bag or a potato sack, don’t matter to us.”
Hannaford already has an option for people who bring their reusable bags, but Jay said this new one is special.
“Lets us know you’re from here, so we won’t charge you so much,” he said.
“All them people from away, they cry poor, but we know they all got money.”