Be nice to our baggers
September 5, 2008 · Updated 5:33 PM
I must respond to Steve Peck’s letter accusing baggers at the commissary of lacking service skills. First of all, a blanket slam like his letter is totally unfair: there are many kinds of people doing the job with many personalities. I am at the commissary usually more than once a week and have found if I treat the baggers politely and with respect I receive the same treatment back most of the time. On rare occasion one of the teenagers has been rude, but never one of the more experienced baggers.
It seems to me that the biggest thrust of his letter was against the way baggers are paid, but that is decided by the commissary administration. The baggers have no say in the matter! Baggers in town are salaried, ours are not. That is reality.
In the past I have had surgery and when I went to the commissary after surgery my bagger kept the bags light, half-full if needed, to protect me. She even asked if I had someone at home to help me unload the van. Who can give better service than that?
If you don’t like the way they are paid, talk to the Navy, but don’t blame the baggers. For now, try being nice to them!