Sunday, February 02, 2014

Can I Have That Box? 

Sometimes when you spend the winter in your southern location, you may choose to send the odd parcel home.

This usually means you need a cardboard box or two at times. You can buy boxes of standard sizes from regular department stores, and elsewhere.

But what if you need a box a little larger than ordinary. What then?

Back home in our province, you go to the local department  or grocery store, and should you pick the right time, which is nearly all the time, you will find the employees stocking shelves with a handy correct size cardboard box right there.

"Could I have that box?" you ask. Most often the answer is: "Sure, help yourself." We live in a land of recycling, and if the box can be used, that's fine. Otherwise it goes to the compactor to be recycled and reused again.

Our experience in the sunshine state is just the opposite.

After asking the very same question on several occasions at different locations, most often you get a look of 'bug off, what do you think you are doing?'

On the couple of occasions where the empty used cardboard box was given, it was with a look of "go away and don't be bothering us with stupid requests."

On one occasion the person said, "I don't know if we are allowed to do that?"  And as if on cue a supervisor walked by, "Are we allowed to give customers boxes?" she was asked.

"Sure," came the reply. And the box was given to us - with the same 'bug-off!' look.

Get me some sunshine, I think 'the lack of' is getting to me.

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