Don’t remember when this particular betrayal occurred.
Possibly the day I compared a “new-and-improved” name-brand plastic bag against an older, thicker one that I’d washed and used many times.
The facts were undeniable.
The…thing I held in my hand had to be a half inch shorter — and the sealing strip!
Instead of the smooth, trouble-free motion I had appreciated so well, I discovered yet another way in which to drive a person insane. The ends didn’t seem to match up and it kept coming apart at the seams.
Yes. I called to complain.
Cussed tumor service: Thank you for calling Best Bags. My name is Bea.
Me: Why did you make your plate-size bags smaller, thinner, and impossible to close?
Bea: I don’t understand.
Me: Well, last week I was able to cover a luncheon plate with a Best Bag, seal it without a problem, and put it into the fridge. I opened a new box, and guess what I found?
Bea: A plastic bag?
Me: If you want to call it that. When I tried to slide a plate into it, the sides ripped. I retrieved another bag, put my lunch into it and tried to make it seal. Fortunately, I save bread wrapper ties, or the D@#$%d thing would still be open.
Bea: Which size did you buy? the quart bag or gallon bag?
Me: The one that holds 1.8 pints with a sealing strip on it that could drive God insane.
Bea: Would you like a refund?
Me: No. I’d like the old-and-better bags back.
Bea: All I’m authorized to offer is a coupon for a free box of our newest new-and-improved bags.
Me: That’s like taking a bad tire off my car and replacing it with a rubber band. No thanks, I’d rather have old-and-reliable. If I wanted cr@ppy bags, I would’ve shopped at a dollar store.
Fast forward a bunch of years
- Cars became computers on 4 wheels.
- “Disposable” replaced quality while, at the same time, people were screaming, “Save the environment,” and
- I’m still using a pair of jeans that I purchased in 1985 that look better than a pair I purchased 3 years ago.
Some day, quality and common sense will be fashionable again. I’ll believe that when people stop buying 50 cents worth of coffee in a disposable cup for $5.00.