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Thu May 5, 2016, 06:56 PM May 2016

Best rant on PC I have seen for awhile...long, but worth it. [View all]

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.
The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."

The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

The older lady said that she was right -- our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day.

But then, the older lady went on to explain:
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled,
so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.

We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.

Back then we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.
In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.
When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.
We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.
We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the"green thing."
We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.
And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person.

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off... Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much.

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But they voted for Nixon KatyMan May 2016 #1
"those little lantern holder black guys" Egnever May 2016 #10
Fascinating mountain grammy May 2016 #15
Snopes: Unproven pinboy3niner May 2016 #68
Thanks. One question I had about the story was spooky3 May 2016 #69
The story may reflect a temporary or local expedient... malthaussen May 2016 #82
The story represents how human beings generally lived for millennia cheapdate May 2016 #158
No. It wasn't an ideal world, but we did our own work and walked JDPriestly May 2016 #14
It was nice to be reminded of at least a simpler, slower time. The pace today is too hectic! Dustlawyer May 2016 #33
I baby sat for 25 cents an hour...late 1950's. dixiegrrrrl May 2016 #93
We bought our kids clothes they could wear while they Hortensis May 2016 #36
I am a Goodwill type store junkie, and have found some incredible bargains. dixiegrrrrl May 2016 #56
I appaud both for doing their part - better than most. ffr May 2016 #114
No. The generation the woman is talking about... bvar22 May 2016 #31
Your last point is well taken and so true. Boomerproud May 2016 #40
Who is "they"? that voted ????? dixiegrrrrl May 2016 #38
yup shanti May 2016 #46
Not this "old person" whathehell May 2016 #99
Lynchings were never "common". Certainly not in the grandmother's lifetime. SylviaD May 2016 #111
Even the under 30 year olds voted for Nixon in 1972. braddy May 2016 #146
hmmmm... that must be a very old lady indeed. Warren Stupidity May 2016 #2
Yep, long before the "tattooed, multiple pierced smartass" people came along. arcane1 May 2016 #5
I was using a push mower in 1980 chowder66 May 2016 #12
Used a push mower 60s, 70's & 80's, wish i still had it, well made tool! Dont call me Shirley May 2016 #121
: ) Push mowers unite!!!! Thanks for that! eom chowder66 May 2016 #163
Yes. I lived "back then." Depended on your economic status JDPriestly May 2016 #16
I had 2 kids late 60's......cloth diapers for them both. dixiegrrrrl May 2016 #35
All 5 of my brothers and sisters were raised on cloth diapers 1954-1966. Dont call me Shirley May 2016 #120
My grandmother cloth diapered her 8 kids from 1946-1960 laundry_queen May 2016 #144
We used cloth diapers from 1985 - 1994. phylny May 2016 #184
Well I am old enough to remember all of those things. zeemike May 2016 #37
Oh that one has been in circulation for years nadinbrzezinski May 2016 #55
Her back then, was her back then. Fla Dem May 2016 #66
"We only had one TV my whole life at home for a family of 6." dixiegrrrrl May 2016 #88
And how long were those three channels on air for? mwooldri May 2016 #130
To the best of my recollection, in our area of the Pac. NW dixiegrrrrl May 2016 #136
Different years... mwooldri May 2016 #150
Slow me, I finally figured out what you were asking, I think. dixiegrrrrl May 2016 #161
one t.v. in the 80's DLCWIdem May 2016 #156
Let's be honest, here: Act_of_Reparation May 2016 #97
The story is NOT about insulting millenials! It's about how we used to live the green walk! My Dont call me Shirley May 2016 #122
No, and no. Act_of_Reparation May 2016 #132
You're the one doing the blame shifting. The real cause of environmental degradation is the Dont call me Shirley May 2016 #135
The point could have been made thucythucy May 2016 #133
My son was born in 1970 and never had anything except cloth diapers. I rode a city sinkingfeeling May 2016 #67
You make a good point but we used ink cartridges spooky3 May 2016 #70
Just because things were invented in a year does not mean they came into general use then. flor-de-jasmim May 2016 #72
Guess I must be a very old lady MadCrow May 2016 #91
Our household was like that in the 1970s cyberswede May 2016 #92
Pampers not in general use until late 60's at the earliest. No Vested Interest May 2016 #101
How factual it was, wasn't really the point. passiveporcupine May 2016 #118
Think about it. Warren Stupidity May 2016 #123
2016 DLCWIdem May 2016 #152
This has gone around the internet for years abelenkpe May 2016 #3
I don't think it is bashing. It is just remembering. JDPriestly May 2016 #17
My mom used to bring home computer paper abelenkpe May 2016 #47
Considering the bashing that Boomers get - if this makes us "even" in the LiberalElite May 2016 #29
Boomers don't deserve bashing either abelenkpe May 2016 #44
but we do get bashed - including on DU - LiberalElite May 2016 #52
Arguably, the Greatest Generation "ruined" America... malthaussen May 2016 #84
I agree with you, and I cannot stand phylny May 2016 #185
+10 Duppers May 2016 #61
I beg to differ... malthaussen May 2016 #85
We have generation wars????????? dixiegrrrrl May 2016 #95
what do you have against recycling? Enrique May 2016 #62
Yep, look how fucking GREEN everyone was back in the good ol' days during segregation! snooper2 May 2016 #75
Reminds me of Pittsburgh in the late '50s and early '60s. malthaussen May 2016 #86
I have a feeling..... A HERETIC I AM May 2016 #4
That is possible tymorial May 2016 #9
Forward this to LoverOfLiberty May 2016 #23
Which means it was directed towards us Gen Xers Tommy_Carcetti May 2016 #28
Good gravity no abelenkpe May 2016 #48
The longer this makes the rounds... Beartracks May 2016 #53
Long-term series authors have a similar problem... malthaussen May 2016 #87
Exactly. n/t Beartracks May 2016 #149
I doubt this happened but I appreciate the message tymorial May 2016 #6
Sounds like someone's lawn needs a getting off of. Tommy_Carcetti May 2016 #7
Proper grammer, please, young man: we do not end a sentence with a preposition. FailureToCommunicate May 2016 #20
Stuff it, old man! Tommy_Carcetti May 2016 #26
Do NOT end a sentence where the preposition is at! Beartracks May 2016 #54
LOL! spooky3 May 2016 #71
This goes back to at least 2011 oberliner May 2016 #8
Back then brettdale May 2016 #11
Also true. JDPriestly May 2016 #18
None of which has anything to do with the environment... robbob May 2016 #109
As an official "old person," Blue_In_AK May 2016 #13
i was digging it until "tatooed, multiple piercing smartass" retrowire May 2016 #19
Very interesting. zentrum May 2016 #21
mixed bag Locrian May 2016 #22
Yep. As Bill Maher would say (paraphrasing) Boomerproud May 2016 #34
same as it ever was.... Locrian May 2016 #39
Zactly! Duppers May 2016 #63
Rivers on fire? malthaussen May 2016 #89
I used to work next to the one in Cleveland that caught on fire. Fuddnik May 2016 #176
My hair got set on fire by a propane torch. malthaussen May 2016 #189
Oh the epic onions they had on their belts.... AngryAmish May 2016 #24
This is the first time I've seen this tom_kelly May 2016 #25
I just saw another bad green story on the news Mnpaul May 2016 #27
Yikes! truedelphi May 2016 #129
They did that to save the trees. kentauros May 2016 #137
I agree that this is typical internet bullshit. SheilaT May 2016 #30
I never had a key to the Houston home I grew up in, and many of us left the keys in our cars and our braddy May 2016 #32
And then they ruined the economy Lordquinton May 2016 #41
And they destroyed our ecosystem. Dont call me Shirley May 2016 #124
Reusing is not recycling. It is better than recycling. . . . nt Bernardo de La Paz May 2016 #42
This is not a rant on PC. It has nothing to do with "PC." It's simply glurge meant to divide people. Brickbat May 2016 #43
What if we could think about it and keep the best of all times/places? raging moderate May 2016 #45
What cheers me up is all the groups I see on the internet who resurrecting the best of the past. dixiegrrrrl May 2016 #58
so many stupid stereotypes in one post. La Lioness Priyanka May 2016 #49
This is gibberish blackspade May 2016 #50
I seem to remember hearing about trucks driving down the roads Cassiopeia May 2016 #51
My buddies and I actually did chase the mosquito-spray truck on our bikes. Mister Ed May 2016 #57
Hell, we didn't even have mosquitos back in my day. Fuddnik May 2016 #177
I remember getting doused with Roundup Mnpaul May 2016 #64
it was in "Plutopia" about Hanford up in WA: evidently it tasted fun MisterP May 2016 #65
Free plastic bags are illegal in my community and our WalMart ran out of the 10 cent paper bags... hunter May 2016 #59
Don't worry. BlueStater May 2016 #60
Many of us boomers are vehemently anti-war pacifists! Dont call me Shirley May 2016 #127
What does this have to do with PC? alarimer May 2016 #73
I hate people who use pc as though we are supposed to welcom La Lioness Priyanka May 2016 #80
Good question. cheapdate May 2016 #157
Business decided to make $$$ benld74 May 2016 #74
Not only a load of shit. But you are posting bigoted shit as well. ieoeja May 2016 #76
The kind of crap people's fathers forward to everyone on their email list. Codeine May 2016 #77
Surprised this has so many recs. DU demographics must trend older than I thought (nt) TacoD May 2016 #78
We oldies have a lot of time on our hands to post comments. nt No Vested Interest May 2016 #102
That's no excuse, anyway. Hissyspit May 2016 #126
I used Bics, myself. malthaussen May 2016 #79
ABSO-FUCKIN-LUTELY!!!!! BrainDrain May 2016 #81
That's my parents generation from 75 years ago. Kokonoe May 2016 #83
Can you get the Facebook link to his? Thanks. DinahMoeHum May 2016 #90
Sorry...did not keep the link.........n/t dixiegrrrrl May 2016 #96
It's been around for awhile. You can probably No Vested Interest May 2016 #103
Christ, this ageist bullshit again? Act_of_Reparation May 2016 #94
More of a half truth, imo, and nothing to do with "PC" Bradical79 May 2016 #98
I agree. There is some truth to it, and the greedy assholes always ruin everything Fast Walker 52 May 2016 #100
Then uppity gays showed up and ruined this exquisite utopia Politicub May 2016 #104
A mixed bag. My car got about 12 mpg, and rusted through in about five years. JustABozoOnThisBus May 2016 #105
I grew up mostly rural, never quite enough money, dixiegrrrrl May 2016 #107
Mom not only saved paper bags elljay May 2016 #106
"The fable of the burning river, 45 years later" Since we have been conditioned to hate the past braddy May 2016 #108
I am not aware of being conditioned to hate the past. n/t dixiegrrrrl May 2016 #110
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Charles Dickens Tierra_y_Libertad May 2016 #112
That gave me a huge smile. dixiegrrrrl May 2016 #113
I'm old enough to know passiveporcupine May 2016 #115
yeah, I was wondering, as I read all the negative reactions, dixiegrrrrl May 2016 #117
I'm maybe 1/4 way back to that lifestyle houston16revival May 2016 #116
I lived ALL those "green things" on the list. And still try to do many of them and more! Too bad Dont call me Shirley May 2016 #119
Why does this crap have so many recs? Hissyspit May 2016 #125
Because this place is usually extra cranky around 5 pm Warren DeMontague May 2016 #154
Ageist much? oberliner May 2016 #181
Fuck, I remember Watergate, and every week someone here tells me to get off their proverbial lawn. Warren DeMontague May 2016 #182
Also found on Facebook: Scootaloo May 2016 #128
Wasn't that the plot of the latest Kirk Cameron movie? LeftyMom May 2016 #140
LOL Hissyspit May 2016 #162
!!!!! Heidi May 2016 #188
I generally don't weigh in on the inter-generational thing thucythucy May 2016 #131
ahhh...leaf blowers....our 80 year old neighbor uses one on her deck, the sound really carries. dixiegrrrrl May 2016 #142
I ALWAYS thank people thucythucy May 2016 #151
My two biggest complaints for leaf blowers are kentauros May 2016 #173
The glaring fault in all this is that all the new things the old person laments were invented by old craigmatic May 2016 #134
I'm sure this has been done before, but I just -had- to take it apart :) kentauros May 2016 #138
Your post is too long to respond to all of it, but any coke bottles thrown out of a car were very braddy May 2016 #145
Berate an old woman? kentauros May 2016 #147
Not too long to read, just too much to respond to, for instance you ignored my post anyway. braddy May 2016 #148
I ignored it because I already addressed the topic sufficiently. kentauros May 2016 #164
LOl, you ignored my response to your post. braddy May 2016 #165
I asked you to read my post again. kentauros May 2016 #166
Well, I won't waste time playing games and exchanges about nothing, that only waste time. braddy May 2016 #167
Fine with me. kentauros May 2016 #168
LOL, sure, it was me who was non responsive. braddy May 2016 #169
No, you brought up an irrelevant complaint about toilets kentauros May 2016 #170
We still have legal lead pipes, that wasn't the issue in Flint, and I don't know why changing braddy May 2016 #171
They figure into it due to what was presented in the OP. kentauros May 2016 #172
What happened in Flint was caused by not properly treating the water, as far as technology, when braddy May 2016 #174
**sigh** kentauros May 2016 #175
Wow. That was...something. a la izquierda May 2016 #139
"Shut up and bag my groceries" usually works just as well. TheManInTheMac May 2016 #141
Could you give me the name of your manager works too Jeffersons Ghost May 2016 #143
Yep n/t SickOfTheOnePct May 2016 #160
yes, but you also used a gas mower to cut your own lawn Warren DeMontague May 2016 #153
2 things dixiegrrrrl May 2016 #178
It was a joke. Hey, you know your audience. This place will eat that sort of thing up. Warren DeMontague May 2016 #179
People do tend to underestimate me.... dixiegrrrrl May 2016 #180
Bravo! cheapdate May 2016 #155
I guess my only thought is SickOfTheOnePct May 2016 #159
The only thing realistic about this story is the part about the old person holding up the line Warren DeMontague May 2016 #183
Towanda Zorra May 2016 #186
Ahh.........good time, good times. dixiegrrrrl May 2016 #187
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