Faulty products, misguided impulse buys, kid rejection, whatever; sometimes life gives you lemons. But you paid hard-earned money for the dang lemon, so you’re not just gonna sit there with a puckered-up face and bear it. You need to make a return.
Sadly, before you can make an exchange or a return, you can’t just chuck everything into a lawn-and-leaf garbage bag and drag it back to the store, you need to put it all back the way it was. This is often ridiculously easier said than done.
There’s an expression: “You can’t fit 10 lbs of sh*t into a 5 lbs bag.” The phrase effectively paints the rather brown picture of the mess you’re going to get into trying to perform some impossible task. And with some packaging there can be a kind of freaky black magic (or if you prefer “brown magic”) that occurs when you open up a product. The contents seem to increase their size and mass, so they never fit back into the box the same again. This magical effect seems blackest (or brownest) when it’s a kid’s product or toy.
Maybe this isn’t really true. And maybe it’s always a total breeze for the world-champion Tetris players or witchcraft practitioners out there, but we’ll let this stand as a realistic set of instructions for the rest of us.
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