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Yanno, sometimes, white is good.
Like when we send out brochures that have application forms on them. Very few people know they can adjust for background color when they fax these forms back.
Because they don't know they can adjust for color, when they fax them in, all we receive is a nice black rectangle where the form is supposed to be.
And since they want to "save money", they don't use a cover sheet, so I have no way to track them down.
In a month, when they are supposed to be receiving notification of their application status, they are going to contact me wanting to know what their status is, and I will have to inform them that they screwed up sending in their application and they are out of luck as the deadline has passed and we've already accepted this season's applicants.
They'll have to re-apply next year.
They won't be happy with me, and there's not a thing I can do about it.
And we're not dealing with illiterate people here - the people we send the applications out to have at least a Master's Degree, so they have some modicum of reading comprehension.
I've asked our printing department for years if we could just send the applications out on white paper. Their response, every time, is "it looks trashy and cheap".
I'm sorry, and dark emerald green background with black font looks classy? How about navy blue background with black font? Or that hot pink number with the orange font?
Really? Those are "classy" and a nice white background with black font is "cheap" and "trashy"?