How Honest Are Chicagoans? Bag Tax At Self-Checkout Will Test Honor System

By Patty Wetli | February 1, 2017 8:31am
 Will Chicagoans tax themselves for bags at self-checkout?
Will Chicagoans tax themselves for bags at self-checkout?
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LINCOLN SQUARE — Fellow Chicagoans, your honesty is on the line.

The city's new 7-cent tax on checkout bags — plastic and paper — is now in effect. Either BYO tote, or cashiers will ring up the fee on every bag you carry home.

But what happens when the customer is the cashier?

Self-checkout lanes, found across the city at retailers from Home Depot to Wal-Mart, will test consumers' willingness to tax themselves.

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Jewel-Osco, according to a spokeswoman, will have two systems in place. At some stores, cashiers will count the number of bags used and apply the tax; at other, it will be up to the customer to key in the tax.

Will customers do it? In England, where a bag tax was instituted in October, a whopping 96 percent admitted in a poll to not paying when asked on a computer screen if they took a bag, according to The Mirror.

Representatives from several companies, including Target and CVS, didn't respond to DNAinfo's query regarding how they'll handle self-checkout.

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