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.
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.