On Sun, 1 Jul 2018 17:38:31 -0600, Jerry Friedman
Post by Jerry Friedman Post by Stefan Ram
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Post by Stefan Ram
|It became one of the first self-service items in American
|retailing history after it was strategically placed on
|countertops with a special payment box so that the woman
|didn't have to ask a clerk for it and touch hands.
. What does "touch hands" mean here?
Does it mean that the woman does not have to touch the hands
of a clerk?
That's how it's written.
Post by Stefan Ram
She surely still has to touch the product!
She might not like to touch a man's hand while talking or thinking about
something so intimate. Or as Tony Cooper said, it might be about a
man's possible aversion to touching a woman during her period (see
Leviticus 15:19). The woman might be being considerate of the clerk's
feelings, or it might be a badly written sentence saying that the clerk
didn't have to touch her hand.
Or it might just be wrong. There's no source for the sentence in the
Wikiparticle. Other articles I can find on the Web say only that the
reason Kotex was self-service (take a package from a basket and drop in
65 cents) was so women could avoid the embarrassment of mentioning it.
That sounds logical.
I've seen reports of money being passed to the clerk and change back to
the customer by putting it on the counter, or in a dish/bowl on the
counter, so that the customer and clerk didn't touch hangs. However, I
don't recall seeing that during my lifetime. It might have been done
in previous centuries. It might still be done by some as a religious
requirement or preference.
I have a vague distant memory of seeing a wooden bowl on a oounter for
passing cash between customer and clerk, but I don't know whether that
was in real life, in a movie, imagined in my mind, or whatever.
Peter Duncanson, UK