I wonder if there is an office supply store on Bali dedicated to staples. Hell, maybe the Staples that shut near our house in Portland was just in the wrong market.
Here is what I know and trust me I have done extensive research into this… The Balinese use ten times the amount of staples we do. I’m not talking about binding papers together to hand in to the professor. These folks use them for absolutely anything they need attached or stuck together. Decorations are everywhere. Trees are given sashes of fabric. Temples are dressed up as well.
Bali is constantly praying or maybe it’s called placing an offering. Every house does this and in multiple locations.
Store owners will place an offering in order to have good sales (I’m totally trying this in the next troubled restaurant I consult for).
Ok back to explaining the amount of staples. Where were we…. Ah yes, each house or building will place multiple offerings and each offering is usually placed in a basket made of palm leaves stapled together.
Each spice packet in the supermarket is stapled shut. Every clam shell (restaurant to-go box) is stuck will staples. Intricate ceremony gifts and decorations are stapled together.
The actual numbers are incalculable.
Here is an offering placed on top of a generator for a big winch system as a crew builds a wall. I’ll be trying this instead of preventive maintainance on all my future vehicles.