Many years ago, I worked at a local drugstore. One would think that there would be
little in a drugstore to confuse people. But some people are perpetually confused.
One day, as I was stocking shelves with bathroom tissue, an elderly gentleman
standing next to me picked up a package of toilette paper. It was a recycled paper
product. He began to read the label.
He suddenly turned to me and asked, "This is recycled?"
"Yeah," I said, "it's recycled paper."
Horror slowly dawned on his face. "Does that mean it's... it's dirty?!?"
I was too surprised to even laugh. I tried to explain that it was made of recycled
paper such as old newsprint, but I don't think he even knew what newsprint was. It
was clear he didn't believe me. He dumped the package back on the shelf, backed
away from me, and hurried form the store.