Topic: That Harbor Freight smell
I stopped at Harbor Freight on my way home last night to pick up some supplies, including a siphon-type engine cleaning sprayer (Item #68290).
I should note that my wife refuses to set foot in their store, saying that the smell bothers her. She calls it the "cheap Chinese crap tool smell". I notice it too, but it doesn't bother me as much.
Anyway, I left the stuff in the garage, and went in to greet my wife and change my clothes. I then went out to unpack my purchases. I did notice a bit more of an odor than usual, but didn't notice what it was coming from. The cleaning sprayer had the usual "instruction" manual, which is 90% warnings to not do anything stupid, and two pages of useful information. I tucked it under my arm and went back into the house, intending to file the manual after dinner.
My wife immediately remarked on a horrible odor and pointed to the manual. I agreed, and took it back out to the garage. When I returned, my wife and I both noticed that the odor was still with me. It had come off onto my shirt! I had to dump the shirt outside and thoroughly wash my hands and arms before it went away.
What on earth can the Chinese be doing to make a simple paper manual stink so bad? And why did it stink even more than the actual products?
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