JimT, you're right. Management seems to blame for this one and often for silly decisions made by companies in terms of materials and products. Of course, cost-cutting measures are often to blame. But the old adage "you get what you pay for" is an adage for a reason.
There have been several occasions when I think of this Made-By-Monkeys column, and think it might also to be appropriate to call the column Managed-By Monkeys. In this case, it probably was a management cost-cutting decision made, absent of any forethought or testing of the actual use case. Simply a bone-headed decision to change to a cheaper material.
Your story is a familiar one to me, although I've never had this problem with parking decals. However, it's taken me ages and some serious ingenuity to remove some adhesives from stickers from my van. There has got to be a better way to design some of these adhesives to make them strong yet easy to remove.
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