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PLAINVIEW, NEW YORK - MARCH 18: An image of the sign for a ShopRite supermarket as photographed on March 18, 2020 in Plainview, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

There have been a number of policy changes since the start of the pandemic which has led to a clash between consumers and retail workers around the United States. However, the latest incident is an example of people ruining convenience for everyone as this New Jersey Shoprite has gone from banning bags to now getting rid of their baskets.  

The New Jersey bag ban has been in effect for a little over two months now, which leads to consumers having to be creative when it came to shopping if they wanted to avoid paying the small bag fee that stores were charging to receive a reusable plastic bag.  However, some shoppers at ShopRite in Aberdeen had the not-so-brilliant idea that instead of bringing their own bags, they would just leave the store with the store’s own baskets. 

Of course, once store officials learned that their hand baskets were vanishing into thin air they pulled them and are refusing to order more.

According to a ShopRite employee who didn’t give their name commented on the issue by stating “If we get more, people are going to steal them again.”

The Monmouth County store hasn’t been the only place to have issues of blatant thievery within the last year as Walgreens, Target, as well as other retail giants, have faced more serious shoplifting rates over the course of the last few years. So even though this might be just a handbasket it is serious all the same as it takes away something for someone who may need it. After all, it is there for the shopper’s convenience, but that doesn’t mean they’re yours to keep. 

Despite it being 18 months since the bag ban was signed into law by Governor Murphy in November of 2022, stores reported that consumers, as well as some retailers, were unprepared for the shift, leading other ShopRite’s as well as other retail stores to face similar treatment of handheld basket theft.

The stores say that the baskets are expensive to replace, even more so now with rising inflation thus the decision to remove baskets until further notice. Keep up with all that’s happening within New Jersey by signing up for our News Letter so you never have a dull moment. 

New Jersey Hall Of Fame Announces 2022 Class Of Inductees

The New Jersey Hall of Fame (NJHOF) has officially announced its 2022 class of inductees showcasing a wide range of talent across the Garden State.

There are a total of 12 inductees in the five categories being honored for 2022. This year’s selections include a drummer, nurse, politician, comedian, and more.

New Jersey is never at a loss for heroes and role models for coming generations,” says Jon F. Hanson, chairman of the NJHOF in a press release. “We are honored to celebrate the lives and contributions of these notable New Jersey luminaries throughout the state, at our terminals and Parkway service areas, and next year at our Entertainment and Learning Center at American Dream.”

Although the 14th Annual Induction Ceremony will be virtual, it will be made widely available to the public with a date to be announced.

The NJHOF officials look forward to holding a live ceremony once again in 2023.

The New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2022 is:

  • Sports

  • Ron Jaworski (Vorhees)

    Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and National Football League (NFL) analyst.

  • Heather O'Reilly (East Brunswick)

    Professional soccer player and three-time Olympic medalist.

  • Enterprise

  • Ralph Izzo (Cranbury)

    Businessman and former nuclear physicist.

  • Dr. Roy Vagelos (Westfield)

    Physician and business executive.

  • The Unanue Family (Alpine, Ridgefield Park)

    Founder of Goya Foods.

  • Performing Arts

  • Chelsea Handler (Livingston)

    Award-winning comedian, television host, best-selling author and advocate.

  • Max Weinberg (Newark)

    Drummer and television personality.

  • Public Service

  • Governor Richard J. Hughes (Florence Township)

    Lawyer, politician, and judge.

  • Dorothea Dix (Trenton)

    Nurse and advocate for the mentally ill.

  • Arts & Letters

  • Margaret Bourke-White (Bound Brook)

    Photographer and documentary photographer.

  • Walter Dean Myers (Jersey City)

    Writer of children’s books and young adult literature.

  • The 12 inductees were chosen out of 50 nominees after a public vote. #NJHOF2022