A paper towel dispenser with an end-user license agreement is a special kind of hell

Tough talk from Tork.

The battle for supremacy in the world of hand hygiene is a dirty one, and nothing demonstrates this better than the depressing sight of a paper towel dispenser with a EULA.

That’s right — even dumb plastic boxes whose only use in this world is to hold paper towels apparently need an end-user license agreement now. In this case, it forbids the people who have to refill this Tork dispenser from using rival, non-Tork products. What a world.

EULAs, if you’re not familiar, are contracts made between companies and customers that bind the latter’s actions in certain ways. You might have seen complaints about them in the context of digital rights, where they and other long-winded terms and conditions you agree to when installing software, can...

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