Valspar Sold Cat Pee Paint
When Valspar removed an additive from one of their paint lines, they set off a chain of events as unforeseeable as it was hilarious. Without the preservative, a special kind of bacteria was able to grow inside of the cans -- one that had a potent smell most noticeable only after people painted their homes with it and the weather turned hot.
The company described the smell as "ammonia-like," but customers were more specific: They thought it smelled exactly like cat pee. So much so, in fact, that customers reported searching their homes for phantom cats, convinced a local feline must have snuck in to urinate on a new and exciting rug. That's right. The paint company messed up so badly that its customers were forced to hunt for ghost cats. You know you have a disaster on your hands when it reaches "Ghost Cat" level.
People deep-cleaned their carpets, took all of their furniture out of their homes, scrubbed their floors -- all to no effect. It wasn't until they started banging their heads against the walls in frustration that they realized where the smell was coming from.
Valspar"Oh, you wanted our Pristine paint ..."
Valspar offered vouchers for new cans of paint, but some customers weren't satisfied. Many had gone to great lengths (and cost) to identify the smell, not to mention the original time and cost of painting. Getting a free can of paint from somebody when the last can of paint you got from them turned your house into a cat sewer doesn't seem like a "win."
Car Companies Coated Their Wiring In Soy, And Animals Ate It
In an effort to be more eco-conscious, car companies like Honda, Volvo, and Toyota all switched their motor wiring from traditional plastic to a new design, with the wires encased in soy-based wrapping. Please allow yourself ample time to think of ways this could go wrong. The end of this sentence should be more than enough.
This past summer saw report after report of animals chewing through the soy wires while leaving normal wiring alone. Customers tried everything to stop it -- laying down rat traps, sprinkling coyote urine. Some shelled out extra cash for the manufacturer's "spicy tape," which sounds good to us, but apparently bad to rats (maybe they used Tapatio).
WPTVDamn picky vegan eaters.
Of course, all of this sounds much harder than a class-action lawsuit, so customers started doing that instead.
In response to the lawsuits, Toyota stated: "Rodent damage to vehicle wiring occurs across the industry, and the issue is not brand- or model-specific. We are currently not aware of any scientific evidence that shows rodents are attracted to automotive wiring because of alleged soy-based content."
But that's not entirely true. There is prior evidence that soy-based car parts attract critters. Back in the 1940s, some states conserved metal for WWII by making license plates out of compressed soybeans. They had to stop when cows and goats kept chewing the plates right off the cars. It's true what they say: Those who ignore history are doomed to commute to work in a rat-infested Fiesta.
You can be eco-friendly too and it requires virtually no effort. Get a recycling bin!
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