Much ado about cups

It all started with our office deciding to go for paper cups in place of the mugs that they had in the pantry to dispense hot drinks (coffee/tea, etc. - not those hot drinks).  A retrogade decision is what most of us felt.  The mugs went off the shelves and in came the paper cups.

A few of us decided to get our own mugs as an environment-friendly gesture. 

We are privileged to be co-located with a couple of supermarkets.   We went into the first one and went to the cups sections.  There were no dearth of selections - plastic ones, steel ones, odd looking ones, ones with zodiac signs, and so on.  The pros and cons of various options were debated and ultimately we decided to go to the second store.  (Incidently, both stores belong to the same management and are roofed in the same complex). 

The scrutiny and review process was repeated.  In the midst of it, one of us accidently dropped a cup - and the handle broke.  As the store was sparsely populated, the Security guard was quick to arrive on the spot.  "We will pay for it", we said.   We ended up purchasing a combination of a plastic cup, a ceramic one and the handle-less one (hmm! maybe a fourth one as well - I don't remember).

As we were going to pay for it, came the thought.  "If it is just a broken handle, why don't we fix it and use it?"

Now, we needed to find the handle.  A couple of us went back to the section, where the Security guard joined in the hunt for the missing handle.  It was found in no time.  The others tried to get an attendant's help to get Fevi kwik (hmm! this does not have a wikipedia entry, by the way).  The attendant looked into a box which had assorted items and said "No, we are out of stock".  But one of our keen eyes was quick to spot it.  It was a bigger one (not the Rs.5/- one which you could use just once).  The theory was "Well!  our cups may break again - good to have this then!"  Contingency plan, I say!

The items were billed and we were back in office.   This is where this write-up should have ended - with the lines "and then we used our mugs hereafter".  But that was not to be.

Coffee time came and the inauguration of the new mugs took place.  But wait, "is that a leak?"  Indeed, it was!  The plastic mug had sprung a leak in the handle area.   Imagine a brand new mug leaking at the first usage.   So the tea time discussion went around, how to ensure a leak-proof purchase, by doing a test before buying.  Ask the shopkeeper for a glass of hot water and pour into the new mug and so on...

Anyway, the plastic mug owner went back to the shop. "My mug is leaking.  I want to exchange it." The first attendant told that "good once used could not be taken back".   But where did we use it here?  We just attempted to.  

A different tactic was tried with the second attendant.  "I don't like this mug - does not look nice.  Can I change it?"  Luckily this worked.  And the mug was exchanged.  This one turned out to be leak-proof after all.


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