Walmart Match Recall

Actual letter from a This is True reader, perfect for my ongoing "stupid people" series.

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Several years ago I was working at a Walmart when an order came to stop selling long fireplace matches.

Why? Because they "could cause a fire."

My eye-roll and unspoken "duh" were cut short by the assistant manager's instructions to "destroy all the matches before throwing them away."

His suggested method of destroying them?

Break each nine-inch wooden match stick in half!

If you can't fight fire with fire, at least try to fight idiocy with idiocy.

(from Jerry in Wyoming)

Jerry? Maybe he meant lengthwise?!

Posted November 25, 2009

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