I live in a block of ten flats. It’s a pretty small block and I am pretty good at avoiding the idiosyncrasies of my neighbours [with the exception of guitar boy, the couple next door (after midnight one night she’s screaming out the bathroom window to her lover, ‘come back up, I wanna get laid before I go to bed’. Young romance is such a treat.), and the people in the house next door who have no conception of noise control]. However, today I’ve discovered something that has stumped me.
Between the ten flats there are two communal laundries, one for flats 1-5 the other for 6-10. In my laundry there are two washing machines set up, one of which is mine. There is not the room for another washing machine to be set up and I, quite frankly, don’t care who uses my machine. I am slightly irritated by whoever’s freeloading my detergent and softener [hey, I like my clothes to be soft and nice smelling] but that’s a different matter.
What puzzled me today, as I lifted the detergent bottle, was a scratched out barcode. I keep four bottles of various cleaning stuffs in that laundry and on each one the barcode had been scratched off or the label removed from the bottle. Did I mention that when I describe something as mine it means, usually, that I have purchased it? Did I mention that I am not in the habit of removing barcodes from cleaning products?
Now, I knew that there were some weird people living here but I cannot understand this. Who removes the barcodes from someone else’s possessions? And why? For the past few minutes I’ve been trying to work this one out. My first theory is that someone is so frightened of barcodes, totally got to be an alien/government tracking thing, that they compulsively remove all the barcodes they see. Okay, so extreme and pointless paranoia is really as far as I got on that one. I’m sure I could come up with more but there are pointless things to watch on tv and lindt to be eaten.
Seriously though, what the fuck?