Friday, March 21, 2008

red elastic bands

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting more and more cheesed off seeing red elastic bands scattered at various points up and down our street (and adjoining roads!). They are clearly being deposited by our postman (who, in all other respects is fine!) - perhaps it’s some kind of insurance against them getting lost en route…. “if you get lost, just re-trace your path by following the red elastic bands”?
Here in Southville, the average seems to be roughly one elastic band every 30 metres.
My understanding is that people can be fined £50 for dropping litter…. well, on that basis, this could cost Royal Mail a small fortune in fines!! It’s tempting to shop them to the police/Local Council but, of course, this isn’t going to happen because it will either result in increased postage charges or to privatisation (which is the last thing I want).
Please Mr Postman, don’t drop litter…. recycle your red elastic bands!


Gareth Rae said...

Our school post arrives bound together with these red elastic bands. A couple of years ago I started fashioning them into a ball which is now approximately 6" (apologies for the imperial measurements but I just can't get my head round the metric) in diameter and is the envy of every child who comes to the office. If they're very good (or very sad) I let them play with it. It bounces beautifully. They are always very impressed that it is made of nothing other than elastic bands - no hidden rubber ball in the centre.

Perhaps you could start collecting the bands you find and make your own ball for Iris to play with.

alice said...

how's the elastic band on your wrist?!! x

bigdaddystevieB said...

ALICE: the elastic band is still on my wrist (I never change it!)....but it doesn't seem to have helped reduce the number of times I complain about things (in the nicest possible way of course!).

blue hands said...

Alice, I have suggested wearing the red elastic bands on his wrist as a symbol of a justified (he thinks)rant. He could end up with elastic from wrist to shoulder (and then some!) M xx

Ellen Loudon said...

when I lived in the commune in Liverpool our postman used to drop at least 4 red bands a day under the postbox. We collected them and made them into a ball and gave the ball back to him when it was a suitable size. I miss that ball. I may fashion another like Gareth. xxx