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Are Plastic Bags Tougher Than They Used to Be?

Everything is too hard to open these days. Cereal, graham cracker bags, potato chip bags, rice, they’re all too hard to open. When I was younger, I could just pull them apart. Now I can’t do it without exerting more strength than Hercules. Am I weaker? No, I shouldn’t be. I’m not that old. Did someone improve the quality of plastic packaging in the last few years? If so, unimprove it. I don’t know about you but I can’t open a damn thing these days without scissors.

Oh, I’m sure companies will say “As a service to our customers we improved the quality of our plastic bags to ensure freshness and prevent stock loss”. Well, there’s no point to preserving freshness if I can’t open the goddammn thing.

And there’s supposed to be an easy way to open it by gripping that seam in the middle, gripping the other side, then pulling it open. But that’s what I mean. Somehow they made the glue that holds it together stronger and now my meager arms can’t cut it. So I have to cut it. And that translates to increased risk of spillage as the bag doesn’t form-close back to its original shape.

Either something happened to me or something happened to plastic. I doubt I got weaker because I’m 40 and I go to the gym three times a week. Or plastic got stronger. Too strong. Progress, my ass.

Eric Juneau is a software engineer and novelist on his lunch breaks. In 2016, his first novel, Merm-8, was published by eTreasures. He lives in, was born in, and refuses to leave, Minnesota. You can find him talking about movies, video games, and Disney princesses at http://www.ericjuneaubooks.com where he details his journey to become a capital A Author.

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