I do a lot of the shopping for our household, and I shop for groceries at a number of places, including 3 different grocery stores with an ethnic focus. They are Grants, which is an Asian market, Starsky’s with Polish (etc) focus, and Adonis, with a Middle Eastern focus. They’re all great places to shop.
For some time, I’ve reduced my use of those lightweight plastic grocery bags in favour of bigger, heavier-duty bags you can reuse many times. I have bought them from various different stores and so they have the branding of those stores on them. For my part, I don’t pay much attention to that. Eventually those reusable bags become disgusting and I replace them when I need to. A bag is a bag.
One day last week, I pulled into Starsky’s because I wanted to get some kielbasa for the bbq and a few other things. I normally have a bunch of bags in the back of the car, so I grabbed one and started walking to the store. This particular bag was a bright new one, with Adonis branding.
I didn’t get 10 steps before some guy shouts at me, “that’s the wrong bag to be using here”. I said, “huh?” and looked at my bag. I realized the guy had some issue with me using an Adonis bag at Starsky’s. I started to laugh, but he didn’t think it was funny. “You should always shop here. Starsky’s is the best.” So I said, “I shop at lots of different stores. They’re all pretty good in their own way”. And he said, “No. You shop Starsky. It’s the best.”
The guy was disgusted with me both because I would shop at a grocery store with a different ethnic focus and because I would bring an Adonis bag into Starsky’s. I said, “have a good day, my friend”. He walked away, shaking his head.