What do you generally do with these – bus tickets, movie tickets (any ticket, in fact), receipts, bills, ATM receipts? Those small pieces of paper that are ‘useless’. Chances are:
Bus tickets – You won’t even wait for the conductor to hand it to you. And even if he did, you just toss them aside, or crumple them and throw them out the window, or what’s more often seen – just leave it in the bus and it’ll be floating/flying like confetti.
Movie tickets - You save it till the end of the show. Once the movie is done, you throw them there for the sweepers to clean.
Receipts/Bills – You absent-mindedly take them from the cashier and stuff it somewhere in the shopping bags or in your purse. If you do keep it carefully it’s because – you need it as proof for reimbursement; it’s a ‘group purchase’ and you need to settle the ‘accounts’; if you did a debit/credit card purchase you keep it for a while to ensure that the transaction was error-free.
ATM Receipts – You look at the Balance, heave a sigh and toss it (after crumpling/tearing) in the basket provided. Some just don’t bother with the basket or the crumpling.
Now, what do I do?
I collect (or save) them.
No, no…it’s not a new kind of hobby that I’m pursuing (I’m not that looney).
I do it because it comes in handy!
I have recently acquired the habit of chewing Orbit, so it helps me dispose the gum (and not resort to disgusting means like sticking it under a table or tossing it on the road - only to find its way beneath someone’s footwear).
I have many a times used neatly folded bills as bookmarks (even to note page numbers of interesting passages.)
It serves as that elusive piece of paper you so desperately need when you want to jot something down (quick!)
I have used them for making shopping lists.
Sometimes they serve a cleaning purpose too – you want to wipe something (seats in a train, for example) or remove dirt from your shoe.
And often you suddenly realize that you want to contact a shop/eatery to know something, and the bill is the only thing that eventually comes handy.
So you see, nothing is really useless.
If you think about it, I’m sure you’ll find more uses for these small bits of paper!