Post-plastic-bag-ban, he has taken to crumpling up an old one and stashing it in a back pocket before runs to the corner store.
At the cash register, he pulls it out. Sighs as he attempts to iron out the wrinkles with the edge of the countertop. “Used to be, all I put into crumpled plastic bags was shit.”
The cashier shrugs. Points to the customer’s hip, prepackaged meal. “Will be, soon enough.”
“Soon Enough” was originally published by Paragraph Planet in 2014.