One of my favorite things about Mexico is the grocery store.
And by “favorite” I mean “least favorite.”
The grocery stores here are basic, at best. Although we do have a few speciality markets where we can buy organic milk and steel cut oats, in general the super markets are confounding. Want soda water? They might not have it. Or if they do, you can only buy it one can at a time. Looking for greek yogurt without sugar? Nope. Only at Costco. The list seriously goes on and on…*
So anywho, today’s spotlight is on the Walmart in San Jose del Cabo, B.C.S. Mexico.
Someone’s job at that store is to TAPE THE BOXES OF THE PERSONAL ITEMS SO THAT THEY REMAIN CLOSED AND IMPOSSIBLE TO OPEN WITHOUT SCISSORS.
Apparently, it’s a deterrent to shoplifting.
I think it’s stupid.
This is a pre-glued box of contact solution that has been taped twice lengthwise on two sides and then again on the other two sides.
It is IMPOSSIBLE to open the box because of that tape.
Do you know this tape?
It has annoying, stronger-than-Superman string in it. I believe it was used to fix the binding on books in my elementary school library.
It was not intended to secure boxes of already closed pharmaceutical items.
YOU CANNOT EVEN FORCE IT OPEN.
Instead you have to haphazardly cut open the box at a weird angle because you’re just so.irate.that.you.cannot.take.it.any.more.
All for contact solution.
They do this to the tylenol, advil, mouth wash and any other pharmacy item that comes in a box.
Shake your head and say, “Huh?”
STORY OF MY LIFE.
*Disclaimer: In the nearly 10 years that I’ve lived here the grocery stores have improved immensely. Still, it’s not like the U.S. at all.