Customers divided over huge change to shopping center winter essential

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An item in an Adelaide shopping center has ruffled feathers after an image labeled ‘ridiculous’ was shared online this week.

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Dispenser for single use plastic umbrella bags in Rundle Mall, Adelaide.Source:news.com.au

A debate is raging over an essential winter shopping center that some have labeled ‘irritating’ – while others have called for it to be banned completely.

The argument was sparked by a scene in Adelaide’s Rundle Mall recently when a group of environmentally conscious consumers were left smoking over an umbrella bag dispenser.

The group labeled the winter staple « ridiculous » for the unnecessary amount of single-use plastic it used.

Shopper Sarah Kristin shared her outrage on a popular recycling Facebook group on Wednesday, expressing her distaste for the amount of single-use plastic available to the public.

The dispenser was pictured against a wall in the mall next to a yellow sign warning of wet floors.

Ms Kristin claimed that plastic was « not the answer » for preventing people from falling over on wet floors.

« There are many other options that can be done to prevent water on the floor and possible injuries, » she told news.com.au.

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Umbrella bag vending machine in Rundle Mall, Adelaide.  Photo: Sarah Kristin

Umbrella bag vending machine in Rundle Mall, Adelaide. Photo: Sarah KristinSource:news.com.au

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According to Ms. Kristin, malls should invest in floors that don’t become dangerous when they get wet.

She suggested non-slip tiles or stations where people can wipe water off their umbrellas instead of putting them in a bag.

While many agreed with her position, others voted for the plastic bag dispensers, arguing that they played a vital role in preventing serious accidents.

“Wet area(s) are deadly with some shoes. It’s a matter of health and safety at work in wet weather,’ said one person.

« Wet tiles are terribly slippery, many people wear shoes that are not suitable for the weather and wait for disaster, » said another.

« If it means someone won’t have a debilitating injury, then maybe it’s worth it? » a third wrote.

Others suggested ways in which the single-use plastic dispenser can be used, but in a sustainable way.

“If you have your shopping bags with you, put your umbrella in one of those,” one said.

Another encouraged people who used one to save it and reuse it several times.

“My brolly is always in a plastic bag and when it’s wet it goes back in,” said another.

But Ms. Kristin went further, accusing people using the plastic bags of being « scared and lazy ».

The dispenser in question was supplied by a Queensland company that uses plastic that can be recycled through RedCycle.

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