Recently, Daniel Westheide wrote an interesting post about the abuse of the Option type in Scala. You can find it here. I couldn’t agree more with Daniel. This short story is another example that demonstrates how using Option is not always the best option (pun intended). I’m developing an advertising service for a customer using Scala. A simplified version of the Ad data structure is the following: final case class Ad( headline: String, description1: String, description2: String ) At some point they told me we need to support, by adding the headline2 field, two types of ad: standard and expanded.