I have four living first cousins, but the only one I have any contact with is in prison. He has been there for years and will probably be there for the rest of his life. While I don't condone his reason for being there, he is still family, and he has contact with very few people on the outside, including most of our family. He is also the only one of my cousins who corresponds with my mom on a regular basis, so he is definitely in my good books there.
Recently, we discovered a mutual interest in Norse myths and history, and I remembered reading a book while I was in grad school that I thought he might enjoy. Since he hasn't read it, I ordered a copy from a book store through Alibris.com. Per prison regulations, I notified the seller that the book HAD to have a receipt/packing slip enclosed or they would not accept it. They responded that they do not provide those because they are an 'eco-friendly' business, and if I wanted one I should print one out myself. I replied and explained (again) that it HAD to be enclosed by the book store due to federal prison regulations, and that if they could not accommodate my request would they please cancel my order. And they actually did cancel the order. The second book store I contacted also refused to include a packing slip; they didn't give a reason, but I assume it's the same. I'm waiting now for a reply from Bookstore Number Three.
While I definitely do renew, reuse, and recycle whenever possible, including bringing my own bags to stores so they can 'save a plastic tree', I don't understand a mindset that is quite as rigid as these bookstores' owners apparently are. I find it hard to believe that they would rather cancel an order and lose a customer than print a single piece of paper to comply with a federal regulation.
Am I wrong here? Must we be so obsessed with doing what we consider to be "the right thing" that we can make absolutely NO exceptions? I want to be eco-friendly, but I don't want to become an eco-jerk.