Tom Ramcigam (magicmarmot) wrote,
Tom Ramcigam


I spent most of last night packing stuff. And part of packing always
seems to involve cleaning, so I ended up with a 5 gallon pail in the
bathtub filling it with water and bleach. It's your basic 5 gallon pail
from Home Despot, which I tend to buy occasionally because they are so
damn handy.
For the first time, I noticed that there is a warning label on the side
of the pail that basically says "don't leave your small child unattended
around the pail because they could fall in and drown".

Okay. I can see warning labels on things for things that might be an
unknown hazard. And I can see where a company that might anticipate a
safety issue with the use of their product might put warnings on to
avoid liability issues, like with power tools.

But a warning on a bucket? Who in their right mind would consider suing
the company that makes the bucket if their unattended child fell in and
drowned? At what point do we abdicate personal responsibility? Where
were the parents in all this?

If we have to start anticipating everything that could possibly happen
with the use of a product, we're gonna be buried in labels.


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