Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Did I Mention the Doughnuts? Oh Good! So Now Krispy Kremes (the Finest Doughnuts Known to Man) Is Giving Its Leftovers (Ah, Sweet, Sweet Doughnuts) to the Homeless, a Bit Selfish If You Think of All the Starving Journalists out There

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Did I Mention the Doughnuts? Oh Good! So Now Krispy Kremes (the Finest Doughnuts Known to Man) Is Giving Its Leftovers (Ah, Sweet, Sweet Doughnuts) to the Homeless, a Bit Selfish If You Think of All the Starving Journalists out There

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Byline: TUESDAY With Damian Bathersby

A COLLEAGUE at work got a colostomy bag in the mail last week.

Opened up the envelope and there it was, as large as life.

Brand new too. None of this second-hand garbage the rest of us have to put up with.

Bloody luxury!

But it's typical, isn't it?

I work like a dog, begging scraps from my master's table and does anybody send me a colostomy bag?

Not on your bloody nelly, they don't!

She'll have to return it, of course.

We've got all sorts of rules about taking gifts from people.

Just so we can't be accused of favouritism, you understand.

Ever since John Laws and Alan Jones got caught up in that "cash for comments" thing a few years ago, I make sure that every time someone sends me a lazy $50,000 I send it straight back, minus expenses of course.

And I think my colleague should do the same.

Oh sure, you can argue it's just a colostomy bag but it's the thin edge of the wedge, isn't it.

Where do you draw the line?

One day you're accepting free colostomy bags and before you know it, people are bombarding you with prosthetic limbs and offers of used back-waxing kits.

When do you find the courage to stand up and say "I'm sorry, I just wouldn't feel comfortable accepting your offer of a ..."?

We have this thing called a gift register at work where we have to itemise things given to us.

I hope she's going to add her colostomy bag; she knows it's the right thing to do.

I don't get sent much these days, though I got a couple of bottles of rum a while back when the Bundaberg Rum people read how my wife enjoyed bourbon.

Even she had to admit it was a very nice drop and now she's what the politicians might refer to as a swinging voter. In fact, I think she might be about to topple over the edge unless the bourbon people come up with a counter offer. …

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