I went to Target recently to buy a composition notebook required for class. Per the syllabus, we were to number the right hand pages only. This seemed like a rather simple task. It was until I found out Target ripped me off!
It clearly says “100 sheets / 200 pages.” So I started to number the pages one by one until I got to the end….
Ok, so I know what you’re thinking: “You totally don’t know how to count. Probably messed up counting like an idiot.”
I thought so too. So I recounted.
Then counted again.
Then I counted half the pages until I got to the binding and multiplied by two just in case I’m a real idiot.
Guess what? Still 96.
Target, where are my four pages?!
This false advertising thing can get real bad, real fast. All over 4 pages in a notebook! I know cuz DisneyDork’s a lawyer and she’ll vouch for me!
I decided to see what dumb country this thing was made in:
… My own country ripped me off of four pages. Apparently, we can’t even count to 100.
I thought it was a fluke so I counted another notebook. Nope. Still 96. WTH?!
Back before the age of technology, …
… before the prevalence of Facebook, Google, Twitter…
… before the times of Myspace and Friendster…
… even before the widespread use of the World Wide Web…
… people stalked each other through the White Pages.
(Ok. I know it’s yellow, but the front is where the white pages are…)
I opened a phone book today for the first time to actually search for something, and a couple of thoughts ran through my head:
- Where’s the phone book at my house…? Do I even have one?!
- I wonder if color blind people can see the big red 9-1-1 on the front page. Is it still red? Maybe it’s tinted green…
- Do people still pay to be put in the phone book? Do people have to pay to be put in the white pages section?
- How does the phone book company make money if people get it for free…?
- This is really an inconvenient way to look for something. The internet would have been faster. I knew I should have Google’d it.
- Why do they make the business section yellow and the people section white? Wouldn’t it be cheaper to make the smaller people section yellow and the big business section white?! And why yellow?!
- This is totally a waste of paper.
- I bet people who had to look up stuff at a phone booth would be really pissed if someone tore out random pages of the phone book.
- Actually, that would be a funny prank.
- The white pages is kind of stalker-ish. There are people’s names, addresses, AND phone numbers.
I wasn’t listed in the phone book. Darn.
How many people actually print a physical copy of the confirmation pages for everything they purchase or order online?
Today alone I was asked to “print and retain” confirmation pages at least three times. If it wasn’t for the awesome invention of the PDF printer, I would be wasting a bunch of paper and who knows how much ink today alone just to have proof I actually ordered or completed something.
At my bank, they now offer the option of emailing a copy of your transaction receipts to your email inbox instead of wasting paper and ink printing it the traditional way. Wouldn’t it be nice if all the websites online offered this option? I can keep track of all my orders and purchases through just my inbox instead of looking around for a stupid piece of paper I am suppose to keep with an incredibly long alpha-numeric sequence. And I’m saving the planet by not wasting any paper.
People have already changed the way we use coupons by allowing people to just show the coupon on their cell phones. Why can’t we do that same with receipts?!
It’s time for all websites to pitch in and help create a greener environment all by changing “Please print and retain.” to “Please click to email.” Or better yet, just email everyone a copy. You’re already going to be sending me lots of junk mail now that you have my email address anyways. Why not send me something useful!
I hope no one tried to click and print this page…