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i will never understand why companies staple checks to their… 
6th-Nov-2002 02:15 pm
i will never understand why companies staple checks to their envelopes. is the envelope suddenly going to become magically unsealed and the check fall out?
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6th-Nov-2002 02:30 pm (UTC)
It's been known to 'happen'.
6th-Nov-2002 02:41 pm (UTC)
And aren't you not supposed to cut, tear, staple, bend, fold, spindle, or otherwise mutilate checks, anyway?
6th-Nov-2002 03:13 pm (UTC)
Probably not. I always found the message to the post office on floppy disk mailers, photo mailers, etc. kind of odd, though -- "Do not bend, fold, spindle, or mutilate."

Okay, "bend" and "fold" I can see -- if you bend or fold regular mail, nothing bad happens to it, but if you bend or fold floppy disks (good luck) or photos, they could be ruined. Now, "spindle" is a little more dubious. It has the same issues as bending and folding -- spindling paper mail wouldn't harm it, but you can't wrap a floppy disk around a cylinder very well. My question here, really, is why would the post office want to spindle your mail? Why not label it "Do not set on fire, trebuchet, or run through with poison spears"? Certainly you don't want the post office to do those things, but I don't see why they would.

But the one that really gets me is "mutilate." Isn't "do not mutilate" pretty much implied every time you ship anything? I can't think of anything I would mail and not particularly care if it is "mutilated" along the way.
6th-Nov-2002 03:19 pm (UTC)
But the one that really gets me is "mutilate." Isn't "do not mutilate" pretty much implied every time you ship anything? I can't think of anything I would mail and not particularly care if it is "mutilated" along the way.

Hm. My experience with the USPS (and pretty much everyone but FedEx) has taught me to not send anything I don't mind getting mutilated. ;)

spindling paper mail wouldn't harm it

Actually, I always interpret "spindle" in that instance as "stick on one of those sharp pointy things that people used to use a long time ago and that no one uses anymore that pokes a hole through the paper as a method of holding it."
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