Doncha get sick of the constant rip offs we seem to be subjected to lately? A couple of days ago I completed, yet another, main supermarket shop of the week.
At the checkout I asked (and paid) for five large plastic bags to get the stuff home in.
The overall price was €128. At the end of the packing, I still had a litre bottle of water that simply wouldn’t fit in anywhere.
I then requested one extra small bag to solve the problem.
The girl duly handed it over and to my disbelieving ears, requested 2 cents for it! I really couldn’t quite believe it. One, I’d just handed over a sizable sum in any shoppers book.
Two, by plastering their name all over the bag they are turning us all into unpaid sandwich board advertisers and three, they then insult our intelligence by claiming that by charging, they’re cutting down on the amount of plastic bags in circulation, thereby helping the environment.
What a load of poppycock. It’s a rip off pure and simple. Just another way of squeezing the last drop of blood.
Never ends does it? I never thought I would be saying it, but this week I actually found myself agreeing (sort of) with a decision made by yet another merry band of PC individuals.
It appears that a cast of youngsters were appearing in a Christmas concert at their school. During one carol they had learned a series of hand movements to describe parts of the song.
One sign was supposed to depict a star. Unfortunately as it turned out the sign was also one used in deaf sign language to depict the female vagina (is there any other kind?). It was duly pointed out that this could be offensive to those who use this method of communication. A
pparently the parents were subsequently not happy at all. PC gone mad and all that. But you know, I am inclined to agree. After all it is a form of language. It’s not a great deal removed from, for example, the Spanish radio, which puts out an ever increasing number of songs in English which are riddled with offensive words.
Of course most of the Spanish listeners don’t understand them and are therefore unconcerned, but I do and I am often deeply offended by some of it.
No I think on this occasion they may have a point. Anyway surely it’s easy enough to teach the tots another way of depicting a star. It’s hardly rocket science.
Ah well. As a final note here and with the festive season in mind; can anyone tell me why it is now the policy of the Spanish Correos to charge nearly triple for stamps purchased to be used on all red colored envelopes? Curios’er and curios’er.
What was that about rip offs?
Keep the faith.