Dear Williams Sonoma & Sur La Table
I HATE the too-sticky price labels you use in your stores
Please send me a complimentary bottle of Goo Gone forthwith.
Last week I bought a couple of tomato sharks at Williams Sonoma. I didn't ask for wrapping but I made it quite clear they were gifts. I mean - who needs two tomato sharks especially when you have one already? It was a quiet, weekday afternoon and the store wasn't busy. I would go so far as to say there were more staff than customers in the store at the time. Wouldn't it be refreshing if the salesperson had taken the initiative and knowing that the utensils were intended as presents had removed the offending labels for me?
And then, on Saturday, I bought 12 tiny little pastry tins at Sur La Table. When the time came to use them, I encountered the same problem. Although about half of the price tickets peeled off without a problem, the remaining six had me muttering unladylike language under my breath. Gentle coaxing with soap and water eventually cleared up the problem, but only after about ten minutes of serious elbow grease and no less than two (not fatal, thankfully) injuries caused by the knife-sharp edges of those fancy little buggers (the tins, not the labels). I enjoyed watching the dramatic display that unfolded as my digits erupted like volcanoes, blood spurting all over the kitchen. Ok, I know I am exaggerating slightly, but those things should come with a health warning, seriously.
Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table - you have been warned. The lesson I have learnt from last week is that I shall from this moment forth request gift-wrapping for everything I buy, present or not and then the onus will be on your staff to complain to head office about the irritatingly sticky labels you use.