Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Isn't it Obvious?


You might not be aware of this important warning on your pet's medication.






When was the last time you purchased something that didn't come with a warning label? 

The American consumer is bombarded with these cautionary instructions to the point where we ignore them. And why not? Here's a sample of some of my favorites.



On my DH's razor: "Caution. Do not shave while sleeping." So that's how my DH woke up clean shaven, eh?

On my waffle iron: "Warning. May be hot during and after operation." Come on, really?

On an electric rotary drill: "This product not intended to use as a dental drill." Hmm, I think my husband thought of this one. 

On a package of nuts: "Warning: May contain nuts." Ya think?

On cardboard sunshield that protects your dash. "Do not drive with sunshield in place." Seriously? Has someone actually done this? 

On a 7in x 7in plastic bag: "Do not crawl inside this bag and zip it up. It can be fatal." (Okay if an alien midget crawled into it, maybe.)

(Get ready for this one.) "May irritate eyes." On a can of pepper spray.  

So, do you think this is getting out of control? If you're still undecided. Let me offer a tale that recently hit the news. A man recently sued his doctor for malpractice after he had a heart attack while in bed with two women. Yes, two. He'd been to his doctor who set an appointment for a week later for a stress test. His contention was that the doctor should have warned him. (Warning: having a menage a trois with two women other than your wife may cause you to have a heart attack.) Believe it? Well, the jury awarded the man $3 million dollars. 

Some folks in France obviously see how much attention is paid to warning labels. They included a political message at the bottom of their translation on the label. Read the translation of the label.

So what do you think? Have any favorites? Would you like to create one for something in your life? 

4 comments:

  1. Great post, Livia! Warning labels are the result of out-of-control lawsuits. Are the labels crazy? Most times. Are they necessary? Absolutely! The sad fact is that even with the disclaimers, people continue to do bone-headed things and manufacturers continue to be held responsible for their customers actions. How many commercials end with some quick talking disclaimer? Sigh. Too many. It just goes to show that common sense is not common.

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  2. Sounds like we should be readying our personal caution statements, lol.

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  3. Caution: Blog post may make reader snort with laughter! (Oddly, this comment ended up on another post. Less funny.)

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  4. The screwdrivers did it for me Eilis. I could have gone on and on. I've been having trouble with Chrome on blogger. Can't comment at all with my google login. Thanks for popping in.

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