August 26th, 2003

Me 2012

Lollipops

My branch of Toddler Bank has, for as long as I've been here, kept lollipops in wicker baskets at the teller windows and customer service desks. They're just a little goodie for any customer who wants one. I never paid much attention to them, myself: they were plain Dum-dum lollipops and I didn't much care for them.

A few weeks ago, we cleared out our entire stock: word from on high was to get rid of them: a customer had complained.

What kind of customer, I wondered, would complain about free lollipops?

I just found out.

Someone was insulted by the name of the lollipop brand.

My first thought: So ... ummm ... you identify with the label "Dum-dum", sir?

Sigh.

On the bright side, we now have Tootsie Pops! I like Tootsie Pops a lot better than Dum-dums anyway.

But we all know it's just a matter of time before someone is offended by the word "Tootsie".