Dear Ms. Feverfew –
We recently moved and needed to buy a refrigerator for our new digs. We found one for a fraction of the price (last year’s model + floor model = cheap cheap cheap), laid down the dinero and went along our merry way. It will be delivered tomorrow and makes me feel utterly old. Only grown ups buy large appliances and I am not that old, am I??? At any rate, it is stainless steel w/french doors and two lower freezer drawers. It has an in-door ice maker & water dispenser so the boys can get their own ice water. (Er… so the BOY can get his own – the 14 year old is pretty adept, the 6 year old…we are still working on him).
Last night, I was looking over the paper work from the store and came across this statement, in bold all caps:
CUSTOMER MAY CANCEL THIS AGREEMENT WITHOUT PENALTY OR OBLIGATION BY DELIVERING WRITTEN NOTICE TO THE HOME DEPOT BY MIDNIGHT ON THE THIRD BUSINESS DAY AFTER SIGNING THIS AGREEMENT.
I laughed out loud. Three business days to rethink an appliance purchase but NO grace period to rethink an adoption relinquishment in a state like Utah? Does anyone else see the irony in that?
And did you catch that a person has three business days, not calendar days, in which to change their mind? So that means if I had purchased this on a Friday evening and the next Monday was a federal holiday, I would have until midnight the following Thursday to change my mind. Just for kicks contrast that with adoption laws in Utah: Once my pen left that paper, my decision was irrevocable.
Three days to change a mind about a fridge but NO grace period in which to live with the reality of adoption before making a legally binding and irrevocable decision. Now that’s what I call high comedy.
Or something like it.