01 March 2009

A quick thought...

The other day, Daya and I rode our bikes to the local grocer to buy some groceries. At the checkout line, we stuffed our groceries into our bags, when the teller asked, "Did you guys ride your bikes here?"

"Yes," I responded, "How else does one buy groceries?"

She deducted a dollar from our total, and told us the store offers a ride your bike discount. The guy in line behind us muttered something to the effect of "I'm glad you're doing your part."

It's at times like these that I want to say "No! I'm not being a responsible person; rather, you are being irresponsible!" Honestly, I think they should add a fee for driving to the grocer, perhaps charge for parking, or make you wear an "I hate the environment" shirt.

But, I bit my tongue.

On an unrelated note, Bjarne Stroustrup is visiting Princeton CS on the 4th for a 4:15 colloquium. If you're in the area, you should check it out. It will be packed.

1 comment:

Sean said...

I'm a huge fan of increasing gasoline taxes by a lot (and maybe offering a fixed tax credit to make the tax less regressive)... Then people like the guy behind you in line will be able to do their part without even having to think about it. And it would set up incentives the right way, be easier to monitor and allocate than subsidies, etc.