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ishmael
03-11-2018, 07:04 AM
...to open a package of soap?

Part of the complaint is doubtless due to decreased hand strength over the years, but has anyone else noticed that packaging has become more obstreperous lately? Things that used to be wrapped in paper or reasonably weak plastics, from soap to prepared deli-foods, have become a wrestle to get at! I call it "adult proof packaging".

Last evening, for example, I had some stuffed mushrooms from my local super. Go to open the first layer of packaging, a plastic box, and it's sealed with some sort of miracle plastic tag that wouldn't budge without a knife. Then, another super-poly inner wrap I could just manage to tear open with my fingers.

I know it's not as important as saving the world from Donald Trump, but it's more directly and daily important to me! Inquiring minds want to know. ;)

michigangeorge
03-11-2018, 07:10 AM
It's a republican plot to get rid of old people who are a drain on society with their SSI :mad:

Rich Jones
03-11-2018, 07:28 AM
It's all Trump's fault!!

Yeah, packaging is much, much tougher then it used to be.

Peerie Maa
03-11-2018, 07:37 AM
It's all Trump's fault!!

Yeah, packaging is much, much tougher then it used to be.

Kitchen scissors are a better solution for food. Soap? not had that difficulty with my favoured brand.

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
03-11-2018, 07:41 AM
Have you considered using a gun?

TomF
03-11-2018, 07:59 AM
Have you considered using a gun?:D :D

StevenBauer
03-11-2018, 08:07 AM
And the worst thing is how much of that plastic ends up in the ocean.


World's first plastic-free supermarket aisle debuts as momentum builds to reduce waste



https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/28/europe/ekoplaza-plastic-free-supermarket-aisle/index.html

wizbang 13
03-11-2018, 09:03 AM
Larry David has a bit on it.

Dave Hadfield
03-11-2018, 10:21 AM
A pet peeve of mine too.

Trying to peel back cellophane covers from a package of cheese or sliced meat is painful.

Bring back wicker. And paper tied with string.

Art Haberland
03-11-2018, 10:24 AM
Kitchen scissors are a better solution for food. Soap? not had that difficulty with my favoured brand.

Last time I bought scissors, I needed scissors to open the package. The reason I had bought scissors was because I had lost my last pair.

Art Haberland
03-11-2018, 10:33 AM
Have you considered using a gun?

If they packaged guns like scissors, there would be less shootings

Hugh Conway
03-11-2018, 10:39 AM
packaging failures before sale will be charged back to the vendor at your larger retailers. solution is to make the packaging robust.

Canoeyawl
03-11-2018, 10:50 AM
10 bucks, leave them in the kitchen.
Accept no substitutes.

https://img.michaels.com/L6/3/IOGLO/819961478/178925700/10405225_1.jpg?fit=inside%7C540:540

LeeG
03-11-2018, 11:00 AM
10 bucks, leave them in the kitchen.
Accept no substitutes.

https://img.michaels.com/L6/3/IOGLO/819961478/178925700/10405225_1.jpg?fit=inside%7C540:540

and they make a nice splitting axe

Dan McCosh
03-11-2018, 12:36 PM
The classic is a bottle of arthritis medicine in a bottle with a child-proof cap.

LeeG
03-11-2018, 12:38 PM
The classic is a bottle of arthritis medicine in a bottle with a child-proof cap.

One day my 20 month old grandson learned how to unscrew spice jar lids. Child-proof caps can’t be far behind.

jonboy
03-11-2018, 02:26 PM
That kind of impenetrable packaing is mostly anti shop-lifting oriented

the_gr8t_waldo
03-11-2018, 02:44 PM
Ya gotta sneak up on 'em from behind.

TomF
03-11-2018, 04:36 PM
and they make a nice splitting axewouldn't have thought that had enough mass..

Paul Pless
03-11-2018, 06:40 PM
That kind of impenetrable packaing is mostly anti shop-lifting orientedwho steals soap?

TomF
03-11-2018, 07:59 PM
People steal stuff that is small enough to put in a pocket or bag. $5 worth of soap is "winning" if you've got a grudge against "the man". Apparently graffiti culture says that the art is most legit when you stole the paint for it, instead of paying for it.

Besides, for some folks, $5 of soap is $5 more for groceries, or beer, or gas for the car.

Barry
03-11-2018, 08:02 PM
What would Jung Say?

ishmael
03-11-2018, 08:45 PM
As to scissors: I have a pair of kitchen shears I bought for buck and a half at a New England flea market stamped on one blade, made in Solingen, Germany, the other, Rostfrei. Great, sturdy tool that was sold to me as wallpaper shears because the blades are hollow to deal with the paste somehow. Not hollow ground, though they are that too. For anything short of seamstress work I'll take them over the Fiskars.

My kindling hatchet, which doesn't get used much because I tend to keep the fire burning once started for the winter, non-descript American steel on a hickory handle that must be forty years old. Good heft.

Canoeyawl
03-11-2018, 08:56 PM
Just don't leave those German scissors in the kitchen sink...

Art Haberland
03-11-2018, 09:01 PM
who steals soap?

For a while there people were stealing laundry detergent. It was the THE thing to steal for some reason

john welsford
03-11-2018, 10:04 PM
and they make a nice splitting axe

I've a pair of small garden shears, "Edelstahl" brand, blades about 4 inches long, in my galley, have used them in the kitchen for many years. They're a lot more robust than conventional scissors, I can cut cans, vegetables, bacon, whatever. I think I've sharpened them maybe every five years or so.
And no, they weren't plastic packaged, just tied to a cardboard backing.

John Welsford

john welsford
03-11-2018, 10:06 PM
who steals soap?

Someone who wants to get "clean away".

John Welsford

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
03-11-2018, 10:36 PM
who steals soap?

Dirty poor people.

Jimmy W
03-11-2018, 10:47 PM
It is designed to make sure that if you ever run into a bad person with a knife, you will be ready to stop him.

Breakaway
03-12-2018, 12:09 AM
http://forum.woodenboat.com/images/misc/quote_icon.png Originally Posted by Paul Pless http://forum.woodenboat.com/images/buttons/viewpost-right.png (http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?p=5503646#post5503646)

who steals soap?



People steal everything. I worked in retail--marine supply--for about five years. People steal everything.

Kevin

Figment
03-12-2018, 08:38 AM
Soap rant....

Hotels! Nice hotels, cheap hotels, it doesn't seem to matter. The little soaps are impossible to open bare/wet handed. Even the little shampoo bottles have clear plastic shrinkwrap on the caps. I suppose some people need the comfort of knowing that nobody pissed in the shampoo and replaced the cap, but I'd really prefer not having to break this packaging with my teeth!