I'm quickly at the front, I've had the items scanned and feeling ahead of the game.
Alas, I have forgotten the 'new rules'.
The checkout lady adjusts the armband on her uniform, pulls her jackboots under her stool and fixes me a look of cool steel.
"Would you like a bag?"
Shit. I hadn't planned on coming to the supermarket and so inevitably hadn't brought one of my stash of 'green reusables. Shit.
I quickly scan the immediate locale to see if I can buy a 'green' bag, but am out of luck.
I gaze at my shoes,
" I'm sorry? I didn't quite catch that?"
"erm...I said... erm.. yes please?"
"No, still not hearing you. Can you repeat that?"
"YES PLEASE, I WOULD LIKE A BAG"
There is immediate silence, as every shopper turns to look at me with scorn. The only sound heard is that of another tree falling in another dying rainforest.
A man at the auto-checkout drops his handful of hair and tuts pointedly.
The checkout guard hands me the flimsiest of plastic bags, and fixes me with me that glare.
"You won't forget again will you?"
"Are you quite sure?"
"Good. We'll be watching.."