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Fitted or flat: Why does it matter?

May 12, 2011

by Taylor Stephens, EDITOR

The economy is failing. All around us, people are losing their jobs. But, the real question is: Do you want fitted or flat sheets when you go to a hotel in California?

According to a FOX News article, the bill will regulate what type of sheets can be used on hotel mattresses across the state.

Wait, what?

OK, I read that right. They are seriously wasting taxpayer money talking about an issue that’s not even an issue.

It gets better.

The bill could cost between $30 million and $50 million if passed.

In the article, Leigh Shelton, spokesperson for a California union that represents hospitality workers, said this will help lower injuries on the job.

“Just by using fitted sheets you could cut the number of lifts in half, and we think that would go a long way in preventing worker injury,” Shelton said.

The bill also calls for the use of long-handled tools like mops and dusters to keep workers off their hands and knees when cleaning bathroom floors.

I?really had no clue about the plight of the hotel worker, but apparently the hotel workers union conducted a study that showed the injury rate among hotel housekeepers was higher than that of most service workers.

This just in, the California Legislature will also prohibit men from wearing those ridiculous plaid golf pants.

Also, they are considering a bill to ban the distribution of toilet paper that is anything less than four-ply. According to a study I just made up, there are more toilet paper injuries every year due to weak toilet paper than there are injuries with thick toilet paper.

If California isn’t working overtime being outrageously politcally correct, it’s idiotically wasting time and money on bills like this.

This also sheds light on who is in the pocket of the union in the sunshine state. The state has a multi-billion dollar deficit, yet they are concerned about sheets that will yield another $30+ million. It is drowning in debt, and its irresponsible leaders just keep pouring in more.

If I were in the California hotel business, I would pack up and move to another state. Nothing good comes from over regulating and killing the freedom of market supply and demand.

I?know I sound harsh, but California has worked very hard to earn this reputation. Read the warning label on almost any item you buy. Chances are you will see a mandated statement that reads, “This product contains [chemical], which is known to the state of California to cause [disease].” Hmm, I?think I’ll take the safety of my economy over the political correctness of the liberal left any day.

The thing that stumps me is where the money from the Florida Rail redistribution that Obama sanctioned for California went.

What’s worse is Hollywood used to be a huge bailout for California, but filming has become scarce on the West Coast due to so many states not taxing on filming, which makes it a lot easier for directors and producers to pocket that money and shove it into an offshore account.

OK, let’s be fair. California could be leading the nation with this bill. This could change the way we view hotels. I have to wonder, has there been an environmental impact study done? Is it better to have less material and more elastic and threads from a fitted sheet or a flat sheet? What happens to the land fills when all those flats are tossed out? Is there some Chinese textile company lobbying for this? These are the important questions that should be answered before making a change that could potentially change the way the nation sleeps in hotels.

Taylor Stephens is a senior journalism and English major from Bossier City who serves as editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to tds026@latech.edu.

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