If I need a bag for the 17 pieces of clothing I bought? Yes.


This happened to me in several clothing stores in- and in close proximity to San Jose. I walk towards the counter, with about 17 pieces of clothing clinched between my hands and my chest. I can barely walk with the pile of stuff without tilting backwards. At the counter, I basically pour down the clothing pile, and reach for my credit card. Then the sales clerk ask me:

“Do you want a bag for that?”

At home, this would have been perfectly obvious. But to the sales clerks of Silicon Valley, it is not obvious at all, that the one person in the world that has the most use of a bag actually needs one. Fascinating.