Fleeting new role for the mayor: Grocery-bagging

We mentioned earlier in the week that Mayor Nickels was going to wander over to his neighborhood supermarket, Metropolitan Market in Admiral, to help promote MM’s new reusable bags. He made good on his promise this morning and helped bag a few groceries – our WSB videographer was there to get the proof:

This also gives us an excuse to mention the West Seattle supermarket hours for Thanksgiving Day again: Metropolitan Market is open till 2 pm, Thriftway till 4 pm, QFC till 6 pm, the Safeways are open regular (24) hours, PCC is closed. ADDED 7:30 PM: Another clip from the Metro Market event, with the mayor joined by Terry Halverson, CEO of the Metropolitan Market chain (which is HQ’ed in West Seattle):

15 Replies to "Fleeting new role for the mayor: Grocery-bagging"

  • jissy November 21, 2007 (12:24 pm)

    Speaking of what is and isn’t open ….. unless you pre-ordered a pie at Shoofly, don’t bother…. I just popped down to buy Turkey Day dessert and they’re sold out!!! And it’s only noon!

  • Christopher Boffoli November 21, 2007 (12:53 pm)

    That must have been the most productive five minutes of Hizzoner’s entire tenure. I think he missed his true calling. Though if his handlers were going to have him bag groceries they should have found him an XXL smock or something. Watching this politician trying to look normal while bagging groceries in a jacket is reminiscent of Mike Dukakis driving around in a tank.

  • Todd (different) November 21, 2007 (1:42 pm)

    LOL – great analogy.

  • Elizabeth November 21, 2007 (2:58 pm)

    Ugh. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s a shameless “photo op” of a politician or celebrity doing something menial that “regular” (working class) people do. They invariably “mug” for the cameras and have a big smile on their face, so obviously proud of themselves for “connecting with the common man” for 2 minutes. Are we all supposed to want to use recycled bags because the mayor “sets a good example” and puts some groceries in a few? I think most of us would welcome it anyway.

  • OP November 21, 2007 (3:06 pm)

    I’m all for sacking our mayor.

  • Jan November 21, 2007 (4:55 pm)

    OP…best comment I’ve heard all day – lolol…

  • WSB November 21, 2007 (7:32 pm)

    We deleted a couple comments here because they ran afoul of our comment policy. See the FAQ tab, 3rd paragraph. Thanks.

  • Jo November 21, 2007 (8:35 pm)

    The following copied in-part from an email I received this morning in regards to Mayor Nickels at Met Market: “it’s part of our Seattle Climate Action Now campaign. the Mayor gave away reusable grocery bags and energy efficient light bulbs! We will be giving away the light bulbs again on Friday @ the Macy’s parade and @ the tree lighting ceremony @ Westlake.”
    So, folks, it’s a good thing, whether you like him or not.

  • Jan November 21, 2007 (10:18 pm)

    WSB…are you saying that some people on here don’t like Mayor McCondo? hehehe…

  • WSB November 21, 2007 (10:35 pm)

    Criticize his politics, his development policies, his tie, his car, whatever, that’s ok, but as our comment policy goes, if anyone criticizes/insults someone else for a trait they are born with — including, as we define that, race, gender, size, sexual orientation, among others — that’s where we step in. Way too much of that going on in the world already.

  • Jiggers November 21, 2007 (11:00 pm)

    I agree OP..:)

  • Jan November 21, 2007 (11:02 pm)

    you’re right…I couldn’t agree more :)

  • Jo November 23, 2007 (10:38 am)

    Got my free bag, ’cause naturally I had to stop and shop on our way to Thanksgiving dinner and my son and I managed to spend $78. on ‘stuff.’ They are great! I’ve been using the paper shopping bags for newspaper recycling, but these will be even better. Don’t know how long the free bag for $50 worth of shopping lasts, but for $2 a bag, I’m going to buy a few more.
    Good job MM!

  • willamina c. November 23, 2007 (3:01 pm)

    i hate a lot about nickels, but i have to admit he’s sure doing a good job on the climate change initiative items, and for better or for worse as much as i loathe his record on affordable housing and certain city services, he’s also kept the course with Seattle Public Utilities and kept SDOT honest. i wish he could do the same for the 30% of bad apples in the SPD who mess it up for 70% of the hard-working honest cops…

    but let’s be honest here: nickels inherited a mess, the city is growing faster than we have places to put people, and he’s really not a bad guy. and i know darn well the mugging thing is a bit condescending, but the news paid attention and damn skippy i bought $6 of those lovely bags with my thanksgiving haul.

  • The Velvet Bulldog November 23, 2007 (3:25 pm)

    This gives me an idea–we should add a few extra responsibilities to the job of Mayor: Spending a day or two bagging groceries, working in the libraries, picking up trash, working at a homeless shelter, working at a daycare, shining shoes, (feel free to add your own) would definitely make one a Politician of the People.

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