Ikea Irony

Maybe it was the not-so-subliminal suggestion of Coulton’s performance of his song Ikea on Friday night, or perhaps just a straight-forward effort to placate my darling girlfriend after dragging her to a friend’s debut wrestling performance, but today we ended up in the Ikea in Woodbridge.

At some point since the last time we were there, Ikea has decided to start encouraging use of re-usable bags by charging $0.05 per plastic bag. Alternately they sell blue versions of the yellow ones they provide for use inside the store for $0.55. As someone who re-uses plastic store bags – if you buy something from Nice Mirror when we’re at a street fair you’ll get Ikea, Wegmans or Target bags for your merchandise – I find this somewhat irksome but hey, their heart is in the right place.

Or so I felt till we sat down for a cup of coffee after checking out… and discovered that the creamer was in individual plastic containers and – my favorite part – each wooden stirring stick was individually wrapped in paper, like a fast food straw. Guess the environmental left hand cashiers don’t know what the right hand cafe is up to….

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