If you've been in Cambodia for a while, you've probably noticed the ubiquitous use of staples to secure packaging of various products ranging from egg cartons to children's toys.
I've always been very careful to remove the staples from the stuff I buy, but the other day after carefully opening a packaged sandwich I noticed an errant staple stuck in one side of the bread itself.
I'm no medical professional, but it can't be good if I had inadvertently swallowed the staple and had it stuck in my intestine, instead.
I brought up the incident to the store owner the next time I visited the sandwich shop. She made a small joke about it and casually laughed off the incident.
It reminded of a time when a server at a nice PP restaurant placed a dish with a long strand of hair in the food. I informed her about the hair.
She stuck her fingers to remove it right in front of me and then told me, "It's not there anymore".
It's a very different world out here; you just can't take anything for granted.