Who makes your paper bags?

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The Daily Springbyker

Sometimes I’m reminded of the anonymity of jobs on the bottom of the wage and respect scale.  A few years ago I was folding and putting away a clean brown paper bag that had held groceries or a loaf of bread from one of our local bakeries, and I found a name printed on the bottom of it:  Wigberto Serpa.  Even in nations of hispanohablantes, this is a pretty unusual name.  After seeing names, and occasionally dates, printed on the bottoms of a few more bags, I realized that this was done by the manufacturers for quality control, so they could see who was gluing correctly – and doubtless time these poor workers to make sure they were gluing enough bags per minute.  Yuck, I thought, that must be a bad enough job without supervisors breathing down your neck about the rapidity of your gluing. On the other hand…

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