Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Location, location, location :( (bumped)

My e-mail to a clothing company:
Your woman's windbreaker must surely have been designed by a man. Only a man could have designed a woman's jacket with the cell phone pocket placed directly over the breast. Ouch. Literally.

Update: This was originally a Monday, May 19, 2008, 10:09 PM post, but the comments keep getting better, so I'm bumping it up. I recommend comment #5 for your amusement.


Blogger Leora said...

Funny. I hope the company enjoyed your email.

Tue May 20, 06:20:00 AM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

All they said in reply was "I am sorry that the design of the . . . Windbreaker is uncomfortable for you." I hope they got a giggle out of my e-mail while the boss's back was turned. But they did offer to have me mail the item back at their expense and give me a refund or exchange.

Tue May 20, 07:51:00 AM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Okay, here's where I come clean--this is my reply to the company's response:

"Truth to tell, the problem is not that the petite woman's windbreaker pocket is directly over the breast, but that it's too shallow. This zipper on the [same company]'s petite woman's raincoat's cell phone pocket is in roughly the same location, but the pocket itself is easily an inch and a half deeper, if not more. This allows the cell phone to sit much closer to the waist, which is a far more comfortable location."

As I once said, I find poor design annoying. The second e-mail may not be so droll, but it may help the clothing company in question spare other female customers from being "stabbed" by their own cell phones.

Tue May 20, 08:39:00 PM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Blast--two errors in one comment. *The* zipper . . .

Now let me try that link again. Here's take two.

Tue May 20, 08:42:00 PM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Oh, my heavens, this just keeps getting better:

"I apologize for the confusion regarding the pocket on the . . . Windbreaker. This jacket packs into its own pocket. The upper vertical zip pocket can be used to pack the jacket into.
> To use the stuff pocket, pull the pocket bag out and stuff or work the rest of the jacket into the pocket bag. Do not fold. Zip shut when jacket is fully stuffed.
> I hope this information is helpful. We do not want you to have anything that is not completely satisfactory. You are welcome to return the jacket to us.
> Please let us know if we can be of further assistance."

My reply:

Well, darn, gal, why didn't you tell me that in the first place?! I've owned this jacket for months, and I've never been able to figure how or where I was supposed to stuff it (literally speaking).

Seriously, maybe you should sell these windbreakers with written instructions.

Tue May 20, 10:57:00 PM 2008  
Blogger The Reform Baal Teshuvah said...

I have a lawn mower which I suspect was designed by a woman in the midst of a bitter breakup. The control arm protrude just below hip-level, and if I'm not careful with the thing . . . well let's just say that were I a Cohen it could render me unfit for temple service.

Mon May 26, 03:11:00 PM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

I've heard of poor design, but that's really below the belt.

Tue May 27, 05:59:00 PM 2008  

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