GLASS AND THE BIG RED CRAYON
I have no idea how I started getting these daily updates in my email, but nonetheless they are there every day. The site is called “The Emergency Email & Wireless Network Critical Alerts” I know long title. The site deals mainly with weather alerts but as a sort of sub title it also lists recall alerts and product awareness alerts.
I don’t check it daily, but something told me to give the product recall a quick glance and I’m glad I did. With the school year coming to an end, my thoughts have been with the open house I’m going to Thursday night for my niece and nephew and remembering this time of year when I was teaching.
Naturally when I saw Recall Alert: Crayons Due to Laceration Hazard, I was intrigued as this site is not prone to catchy headlines to grab your attention. It usually just states the bare bones facts. I couldn’t figure out how a crayon could be a laceration hazard, that is until I clicked on the article.
Discount School Supply Recalls Crayons Due to Laceration Hazard (Recall Alert)
Name of product:
Colorations brand extra-large crayons
The red crayons in the multi-color sets can contain glass, posing a laceration hazard to the user.
May 17, 2018
Discount School Supply at 800-338-4430 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at www.discountschoolsupply.comand click on "Safety Information" for more information.
Holy crap! It’s not bad enough our kids are being shot at in their school rooms, now we are trying to cut them up in Kindergarten class.
As a parent (my kids are old now with kids of their own) I am appalled at how lax we have become about our kids and their safety. I’ve already written several articles about the school shootings, so I won’t elaborate as there are not enough words or space for me to tell you what I really feel. Unfortunately, like with most things the bottom line is “MONEY”, that seems to be the first consideration when it comes to everything.
I’m sure you are asking yourself how the hell did I equate glass in crayons with money? Well it actually is simple deduction my dear Watson. Consider this if you will: You’ve got the guy standing over the huge melting device watching the big paddle stir the red mixture that will eventually become a big giant crayon. Whooops, something, he’s not sure what, just fell in the huge bin. Does he stop the big paddle and pull the alarm? What if it was nothing? His boss would kill him, not literally, but he would be in deep doo doo. He makes a split-second choice, after all pulling the chord means this whole batch of red wax will have to be destroyed and that will cost the company money and possibly his job. The paddle continues to slowly mix the red wax and after several steps it is formed into a big red crayon, full of glass. Nice.
I have a vivid imagination as I’m sure if you are familiar with my writing, some of you already know. Nonetheless, if you think about it, I’ll bet that is how you get big red crayons with glass in them. Think about it and please if you have little ones and you buy them big crayons specially designed so they can easily hold them, check to see the brand and make sure your big red crayon comes with no glass.