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Bag Ban Could Drive Shoppers Out Of Austin
A "burden" is what many in Austin are calling the new Plastic bag ban.
The Gava's are one Austin couple not on board with the bag law. They said the brown bag alternatives are worthless and tear before they even get home with their groceries.
"When I got out of my car with these bags some of them broke and everything went all over ," Polly said. "I thought 'this is worthless.' The other plastic ones I was using for other things like cleaning my cats pans."
Plastic bags officially disappeared from stores Friday. Polly said she will consider spending the extra gas money to shop in Williamson County where no such bag law exists.
"I don't know if I'm going to shop in Austin anymore," Polly said.
Owner of Taj Grocery in Round Rock, Keyur Jani, said he hopes many more shoppers feel the same as Polly and drive business north and into his front door.
"If people are shopping more north and more traffic coming in that's good for a business," Jani said.
Others in favor of the ban say plastic bags are bad for the environment and litter the streets.