Hey, Market Basket, cut it out!

I hate those little orange dot stickers you put on my milk, toilet paper, and anything else too large to fit into a bag. Yesterday, the cashier stuck a little orange sticker on my package of hamburger buns when I told her I didn't need a bag.

Market Basket does this as proof that you paid for the items. Isn't that what my receipt is for? I will gladly flash my receipt to a manager on my way out the door to prove I am not a crook if that would make them happy.

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Why do I hate the little orange dot stickers so much? I hate them because they come off of the milk bottle, toilet paper, and other items too big to fit in a bag and stick to the matting in the trunk of my car. I once had one get caught under the light in my refrigerator when I forgot to peel it off the milk bottle before entering the house.

I know I am not the only one driven crazy by these little orange dot stickers because I see them all over the ground in the Market Basket parking lot and even on the street when I am out walking far from the store. Many folks peel the sticky orange stickers off of their goods and re-stick them to their shopping cart before dumping them in the cart corral.

Is there a Market Basket employee assigned to peel the stickers off the shopping carts once they are returned to the store? Do cashiers get paid by the number of little orange dot stickers they hand out? They have a whole roll of them beside the register.

This post is largely in jest, though I know it will trigger some pretty dopey responses from some crazies from the Free Little Orange Dot Sticker Society or those who never read more than just the headline of these posts. But seriously, Market Basket, can we lose the dots?

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at barry@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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