On a recent foray to buy some birthday presents, I was reminded of an alarming trend at retail stores: The fast-growing dimensions of your everyday paper receipt.
Receipts are literally getting out of hand, as they're now too big to hold in just one hand. They’re getting wider and longer, and it doesn’t make a difference if you’re only buying one item and/or paying cash.
Note the sizes in the following pictures, as compared to US nickles and pennies, and Irish euros.
Exhibit A : One item totaling $1.06 cash, approx. dimensions 4.5”x12"
Exhibit B: One item totaling $13.64 cash, approx. dimensions 3.125"x14.875"
Where once you got the total purchase amount and maybe the date on a receipt, now they have surveys and contests in English, Spanish and Sanscrit. I imagine crossword puzzles, horoscopes and a Page 3 Girl can’t be far off.
For this trees are being chopped down? I just need a handy little piece of paper, not the Magna Carta or Dead Sea Scrolls.