19 November 2006

The saw demo

Walking into the hardware store, another tantalizing example of Dutch culture presents itself. Here, we have a saw and another tool (the name escapes me) set up for customers to apparently "try out" on their way in or out of the establishment.

Who would be most drawn to such a demonstration? Children, of course. Children, trying out a real saw, without supervision. Ehem. And the American deep inside of me cried out at the lawsuits that could result from this little piece of entertainment.

I thought maybe it was a fluke - there was no way that this setup was a normal, everyday part of the store's entrance policy. But surprise surprise, nothing had changed when I returned a week later. I guess Dutch kids are more careful with deadly tools than their American counterparts.

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