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New candidate for Room 101

In this age of advanced technology, you’d think it was possible to eliminate sticky labels that can’t be removed without leaving a gooey mess behind.

Clearly, it isn’t.

I volunteer at the Oxfam shop in Bangor each week, and I’ve been assigned to sorting books, CDs, DVDs, games and the like. A huge proportion of these come in with price labels, special offer stickers and any number of other self-adhesive tags that seem to have been fused to the case or cover with an adhesive that could stick anything to anything else. For ever.

These all have to be removed before the item is put out into the shop, and I’ve lost count of the hours I’ve had to spend scraping these bastard things off, and removing the residue with white spirit.

So – a heartfelt plea to producers of sticky labels: this is 2014. For the sake of my sanity, PLEASE make your labels peelable.

It’s not a lot to ask. Is it?