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    Default Why do I need a knife...(pet peeve)

    ...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.
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    It's a republican plot to get rid of old people who are a drain on society with their SSI
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    It's all Trump's fault!!

    Yeah, packaging is much, much tougher then it used to be.
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    Default Re: Why do I need a knife...(pet peeve)

    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Jones View Post
    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.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Have you considered using a gun?
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    Quote Originally Posted by P.I. Stazzer-Newt View Post
    Have you considered using a gun?
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    Default Re: Why do I need a knife...(pet peeve)

    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/europ...sle/index.html

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    Default Re: Why do I need a knife...(pet peeve)

    Larry David has a bit on it.

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    Default Re: Why do I need a knife...(pet peeve)

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P.I. Stazzer-Newt View Post
    Have you considered using a gun?
    If they packaged guns like scissors, there would be less shootings
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    Default Re: Why do I need a knife...(pet peeve)

    packaging failures before sale will be charged back to the vendor at your larger retailers. solution is to make the packaging robust.

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    Default Re: Why do I need a knife...(pet peeve)

    10 bucks, leave them in the kitchen.
    Accept no substitutes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    10 bucks, leave them in the kitchen.
    Accept no substitutes.

    and they make a nice splitting axe

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    Default Re: Why do I need a knife...(pet peeve)

    The classic is a bottle of arthritis medicine in a bottle with a child-proof cap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan McCosh View Post
    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.

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    Default Re: Why do I need a knife...(pet peeve)

    That kind of impenetrable packaing is mostly anti shop-lifting oriented
    'C'est la vie' say the old folks it goes to show you never can tell

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    Default Re: Why do I need a knife...(pet peeve)

    Ya gotta sneak up on 'em from behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    and they make a nice splitting axe
    wouldn't have thought that had enough mass..
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonboy View Post
    That kind of impenetrable packaing is mostly anti shop-lifting oriented
    who steals soap?
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Default Re: Why do I need a knife...(pet peeve)

    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.
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    Default Re: Why do I need a knife...(pet peeve)

    What would Jung Say?

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    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.
    So many questions, so little time.

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    Just don't leave those German scissors in the kitchen sink...

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    Default Re: Why do I need a knife...(pet peeve)

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    who steals soap?
    For a while there people were stealing laundry detergent. It was the THE thing to steal for some reason
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    who steals soap?
    Someone who wants to get "clean away".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    who steals soap?
    Dirty poor people.
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    Default Re: Why do I need a knife...(pet peeve)

    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.

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    Default Re: Why do I need a knife...(pet peeve)

    Originally Posted by Paul Pless

    who steals soap?
    People steal everything. I worked in retail--marine supply--for about five years. People steal everything.

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    Default Re: Why do I need a knife...(pet peeve)

    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!
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