Today I received a trash can in the mail from Amazon. Yes, that is correct. I told Amazon to send me a trash can via the U.S. Postal System.
When I first opened the box, I noticed a little piece of paper flutter out of it. That was the warranty.
I soon realized, to my frustration, that I was required to attach the lid to the trash can myself.
I studied the little diagram. The first part was easy. Put the hook into the hole into the plastic at the back. That, I could accomplish.
But then I looked at part two of the diagram. Suddenly curved arrows were involved, which made me nervous. It looked as though you had to slide one part of the plastic into another part of the plastic on both sides of the can in one big swooping motion.
I tried to swoop. The diagram had deceived me. This was not going to be easy. The two pieces of plastic weren’t even close to fitting together. There was nothing to grip, nothing to snap into place….nothing.
After a few failed attempts, I screamed, scaring my dog under the bed.
This trash can is going right back where it came from,
I thought to myself angrily.
I grabbed the box, put all the plastic back onto the can, wrapped it up and threw it in. Then I taped it all closed.
I immediately logged onto Amazon, searched through my past orders and found the button I needed.
But Amazon wouldn’t just accept that I wanted to return the item. It wanted to know why.
I looked through the options.
Did not intend to purchase.
Of course I intended to purchase it. But after looking through all the other choices, I couldn’t find the correct one, which would have been:
Item quality is shit.
Now Amazon wanted me to send the trash can back to them in the mail. That seemed like a hassle. I sighed.
Maybe, if I spent a few minutes on it, I could actually put this thing together after all.
I decided to look at the reviews to see if anyone else was having the same issue. To my surprise, they were!
After wanting to rip the thing apart,
I finally turned the trash can on its head and managed to snap the top into place by stomping on it.
It sounded so simple. But I remained skeptical.
I retrieved the trash can from its return box, destroying my careful tape job.
Then, just as the reviewer had suggested, I flipped the can on its head. As I applied pressure to the top with my feet, I felt the little plastic hooks snap into place.
I had done it! My trash can was now functional.
I placed it next to my refrigerator and admired it for a few minutes.
Finally, I took the cardboard box and all of the wrappings outside and threw them into the larger trash bin behind my apartment.