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Many Shoppers Forget About The Five Cent Bag Fee

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By Kavitha Cardoza

Some shoppers and store owners in D.C. need reminding about the new five cent fee charged for every paper and plastic carryout bag at registers.

Jim Jones and his children are getting ready to enter Best Buy in Northwest D.C. to use their gift certificates on Wii games. Did they bring reusable bags?

"No," says Jones. "I should have brought some bags. I just forgot. We do it for grocery shopping but we haven't been doing it for other kinds of shopping so I would like to do more of it."

It's going to take a little practice for store owners too. While many remembered to tell customers about it, some forgot to add a nickel onto the bill and some charged just five cents regardless of how many bags were used.

Stores in the district are distributing thousands of free reusable bags.

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