Bait and Switch
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
In my office’s reception area there a small table by the door with a verity of pamphlets and books on it; there is also a large wicker bowl. In the past this bowl used to be filled with candy. But since I never took up the task of buying candy to replenish it, and the others decided they didn’t like spending their own money on “office candy” the contents have been replaced with free earplugs we had in surplus.
Nearly every person who comes into the office rushes over to the brightly colored wrappers in the wicker bowl, only to give a disappointed grunt and walk away. A few even dig down, thinking the earplugs are just the top layer, surely there’s candy below.
In the two months that the bowl has been full of earplugs only one person has gotten excited and taken some. Apparently, her son is prone to swimmers ear and he has to wear earplugs when he’s in the water.
What I find vindictively funny, is the utter disappointment, shoulders slump, heads drop, deep sad signs erupt, when they see there’s no candy. Some even pout and ask why there’s no candy.
I had no idea a butterscotch was so important to daily happiness.