Recently as I was ‘fluffing’ my XL LOVE SAC, I noticed a tag sewn in a seam of the outer cover. As I read the tag, I laughed out loud at the ridiculous Warning Tag. The tag was obviously a humorous swipe at our “Nanny” society. It reads:
“Warning…Improper use of this product may cause Injury or death. Do not jump on the Sac, projecting oneself through open space is inherently dangerous and may cause injury or death. Do not allow your children to play unattended on the Sac….better yet, do not allow your children to play unattended at all. Do not eat the Sac foam – more importantly never inhale as it may damage your political career. Do not allow people to play underneath the Sac, or any other thing else for that matter as that may cause injury or death. Keep away from heaters, burning cigarettes or other flames. Failure to keep your Sac fluffed may cause injury or death in your Sac. Failure to regularly wash your Sac is just gross and may somehow lead to injury or death. Failure to share the love will only cause you to loose friends – possibly resulting in injury or death.”
When did we become a “Nanny” society so eager to file law suits to make someone other than ourselves responsible for our safety? I believe there should be an expectation of common sense among adults, but these warning labels infer a total lack of mental acuity of the user. Since when does an adult need to be warned that a small child could be drowned in a bucket of water if left unattended, or that a child could choke on a marble?
If you would like to see how far we have gone with what I call “Nanny” warning labels, just walk around your home and read the warning labels on almost everything you buy. Manufacturers are attempting to protect themselves against law suits. So their warning labels try to cover all possibilities of injury no matter how lacking in common sense they are.
We need to return to a society that expects adults to act responsibly. We need to accept responsibility for our own safety and that of our children. I am not saying there is never a reason to file a law suit when our safety and that of our children has been violated. I do understand there are times when filing a law suit is totally appropriate. What I am saying is that law suits aught not be filed in situations where common sense would have avoided the death or injury.
For now, Earlynn’s just sayin’: ” When we accept responsibility for our safety, we use common sense in making decisions. We do not look to make another responsible for our judgement or lack of it.”
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