Saturday, August 25, 2007

Bounty, Jackie Chan and the contributions of immigrants

The new nativist, know-nothings want to seal the borders to protect American jobs and keep out lazy freeloaders who will overwhelm our schools and hospitals.

One thing Tancredo et al need not worry about is that immigrants will use up all our paper towels. An immigrant I know was recently chastising me for overusing paper towels. Wipe up a mess, throw out. That's the way I've always done it.

He, on the other hand, makes multiple uses of the same sheet. For example, one sheet to wipe a bowl, then clean the dishes, then clean the counter, then clean the floors. And then perhaps soak the dirty paper towel in water, dry over night, and reuse.

This is apparently common practice in China. There is even a rumor in the Chinese immigrant community that Jackie Chan has publicly spoken out on this issue, criticizing US citizens for wasteful paper towel habits.

I'm glad to report, however, that this immigrant paper towel expert is a loyal supporter of American big business. He recommends Bounty over all other brands, claiming he uses exactly one case (12 rolls) per year.

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