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California Shoppers Upset Over Statewide Grocery Bag Ban

TEMECULA ( —  The plastic bag ban is in full effect in California. But many shoppers are not happy about having to pay for Prop. 67, which requires all stores to charge at least 10 cents for each paper or plastic bag.

One shopper was seen loading her grocery items one by one into the trunk of her SUV outside a Vons in Temecula Wednesday night because she refused to pay 10 cents for a grocery bag.

Prop. 67 went into effect immediately after being approved by 52 percent of statewide voters on Nov. 8.

"Because they are just ripoff. I don't want to pay for a plastic bag," one man declared.

"Ten cents a little too much for me," another man said.

Some stores are charging 10 cents for a paper bag, 15 cents for a reusable plastic bag.

Shoppers shared their two cents. "Bags should be free. I recycled them. Why should we have to pay for it?" a third man said.

A grocery store employee, who asked to stay anonymous, said shoppers were taking their anger out on her. "It involves lot of cussing. They're not taking it very well," she added.

But some shoppers are okay with going green. Gabby Custode bought reusable bags online the day after the law passed.

"We would use so many plastic bags. And now, we have one, two, three, four of these bags for everything we had," Custode said.

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