November 26, 2005

"That new mattress delivered from a reputable department store, which kindly hauled away your old one? "

"It may have spent all day in a truck wedged against an old mattress collected from a customer with a bedbug problem."

"Anyone who stays in a hotel, rich or poor, can bring them home in a suitcase... Some of the best hotels in New York have them."

Bedbugs!

7 comments:

tiggeril said...

Now I'm all itchy.

Uggggh.

amba said...

The thing that really struck me about that story (I thought of posting on it, but didn't have the energy) was that this plague had spawned a new strain of victimology. The unfortunate think of themselves with a certain frisson of proud grievance as "bedbug victims"!

That shows how we think as a society. You can imagine some more stoical and dispassionate culture using the word "hosts," which would be more graciously symbiotic.

amba said...

The unfortunate infested, I meant to say.

The Private intellectual. said...

I am all in favour of the company which provides me with new mattresses taking away the old ones, and expect the cost to be included in the price - this happens with old electrical appliances in Germany now and will also happen with cars and the like in the future.

However, when a company delivers anything to me which is not sufficiently packed as protection against knocks and bangs, dirt and infestation (as in this case), they are more than welcome to turn their delivery vehicle around and go away again without delivering.

Anyone who accepts a new mattress that hasn't been sufficiently wrapped and packed is a fool unto themselves.

Pi.

Mickey said...

dont forget about all those lil flyin thingys that start appearing after you`ve unpacked your groceries...

somross said...

I lived in a house that had them once. The bites are like mosquito bites but they don´t go away. I was freaked out when my then-one year old had them. Hey, and I´m writing from Seville and on the way to Morocco. I don´t need to think about bugs and beds.

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