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This is a question Tightwads

There's saving money, and there's being tight: saving money at the expense of other people, or simply for the miserly hell of it.

Tell us about measures that go beyond simple belt tightening into the realms of Mr Scrooge.

(, Thu 23 Oct 2008, 13:58)
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This may count as tight
I work in a hospital at the moment, "temp" contract helping out sterile services.

Two to three times a year I make a visit to London to put flowers down for my Mum and Granddad (at her request her ashes were laid to rest in his grave).

Sometimes, when I go out collecting instruments, I see stupid bastards putting disposable scissors in the sterile services box.

Usually these scissors are used for nothing more sinister than cutting dressings, but they still have to be disposed of.

I nick these scissors, and use them to cut the stems of the flowers, as it's a bit easier than getting a 3-pack of cheap-arse scissors from Tesco and having to throw 2 pairs away to avoid the possibility of me being arrested and charged with possession of a dangerous weapon.

(when I go to London, the cemetary is my second stop, straight after a quick pie and mash at Kelly's in Bethnal Green)

I suppose it's sort of cheap, but there are other factors to it, no sense in buying three pairs of scissors if you're going to throw them all away when you can pinch a pair from work for nothing.
(, Tue 28 Oct 2008, 17:56, 4 replies)
Whatever you do, don't let them near any open wounds.
They're disposable for a reason - they're intended for use with dirty and infectious dressings.

They might've been used to cut bandages off a tramp's legs, or to remove the covering from an MRSA-infected burn.

You'd really be better off with a pair of secateurs from Wilko. Or get the florist to trim the stalks for you.
(, Tue 28 Oct 2008, 18:36, closed)
I read that as "MRSA infected bum".
(, Wed 29 Oct 2008, 10:34, closed)
im with quar on this one..
as a med student stopping the spread of infection is hammered into you from the word go (MRSA cost the NHS a billion a year (possibly, whatever it is its still a hell alot more than youd ever expect) and as was said things are disposed for a reason! when you put your hands in those bins you could be picking all kinds of infections from streppticosis to HIV putting yourself and others at risk!

don't want to sound patronising - hell before i started training id of probablt thought gee what a waste too, but seriously picking up an infection is just tooooo easy. KEEEEEEEEEEP SAFE etc etc
(, Tue 28 Oct 2008, 23:51, closed)

I still have most of a box of those disposable scissors (out of date so no good to the hospital).
I just love the fact they are charmingly labelled flesh scissors....
(, Wed 29 Oct 2008, 8:13, closed)

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