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Thu Jan 11, 2018, 05:12 PM

That woman who returned a dead Xmas tree to Costco

back on January 4 got me thinking...

People like her are probably the reason we are bombarded with idiotic signs and disclaimers all the time. Two of my recent favorites:

At Ikea, just last week, there was one of those 400 square foot "model apartments." The place actually looked nice and livable for people who don't have a lot of accumulated stuff. But there in the bathroom, right under the toilet seat and big as life, was a sign saying something like "for display only." I saw the same sign on several other toilets.

At Safeway, there was this area consisting of a counter backed by a wall display, all full of nuts. Nuts: all kind of nuts. Even overhead there was a sign saying nuts. And on the counter was a very small, nicely made sign that said, "Caution: products in this area contain nuts." I asked the clerk behind the counter about it, and all she could do was roll her eyes.

I understand a lot of it is the fear of getting sued, but it makes me wonder how far this "dumbing down" will go.

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Reply That woman who returned a dead Xmas tree to Costco (Original post)
grumpyduck Jan 2018 OP
USALiberal Jan 2018 #1
jmowreader Jan 2018 #2
thegoose Jan 2018 #6
grumpyduck Jan 2018 #8
jmowreader Jan 2018 #11
grumpyduck Jan 2018 #16
sdfernando Jan 2018 #18
grumpyduck Jan 2018 #21
crazycatlady Jan 2018 #22
grumpyduck Jan 2018 #23
marybourg Jan 2018 #3
grumpyduck Jan 2018 #5
Atman Jan 2018 #17
grumpyduck Jan 2018 #19
malaise Jan 2018 #4
ret5hd Jan 2018 #7
grumpyduck Jan 2018 #9
ret5hd Jan 2018 #10
grumpyduck Jan 2018 #15
TomSlick Jan 2018 #24
Oneironaut Jan 2018 #12
Initech Jan 2018 #13
left-of-center2012 Jan 2018 #14
pansypoo53219 Jan 2018 #20

Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 05:17 PM

1. Woman was an idiot IMO. n/t

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 05:18 PM

2. Why do you think Home Depot stores display toilets seven feet off the floor?

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 05:26 PM

6. You win the internets!

Now that's funny!

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 05:27 PM

8. Good point, but I hope that

somebody was thinking ahead, instead of the stores having to learn from experience.

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Response to grumpyduck (Reply #8)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 05:33 PM

11. Negative. They learned from experience.

Think about it. You're a three-year-old. You're not schooled in the social graces. You need to use a toilet very badly, there's a toilet right there...this is also the reason the Home Depot hazardous waste cleanup manual (yes, they have one) has instructions on how to mitigate fresh feces.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #11)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 05:54 PM

16. Holy shit!

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #11)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 06:17 PM

18. I don't think the 3-year old is going to understand the "Display Only" sign...

Probably can't read it anyway....why not just seal the lid down so it cannot be opened?

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Response to sdfernando (Reply #18)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 07:23 PM

21. No, but I'd like to think the parents

would understand the sign, or even understand that it's a display unit. Or at least keep an eye on the 3-year-old.

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Response to grumpyduck (Reply #21)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 07:30 PM

22. Hahahahaha parents keeping an eye on kids in the store?

That's the funniest thing I've ever heard.

Seriously, the toy department in any given store might as well be renamed 'Free babysitting"

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Response to crazycatlady (Reply #22)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 08:57 PM

23. Yeah, no kidding!

Although I have heard funnier things...

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 05:19 PM

3. There have been idiots in every generation

and in all times. Nothing new or dumbed down.

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Response to marybourg (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 05:25 PM

5. I understand that, but

I'm 66 years old, and I don't remember so much pandering to them at this level up until fairly recently.

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Response to grumpyduck (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 05:54 PM

17. No one is pandering to them.

Bean counters and attorney's are protecting the bottom line from stupidity.

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Response to Atman (Reply #17)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 06:18 PM

19. Okay, I can buy that.

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 05:21 PM

4. Good post and it's across the globe

There are really stupid and really corrupt people everywhere. The woman with the Christmas tree is simply a thief.

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 05:26 PM

7. We need tort reform, right???

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Response to ret5hd (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 05:29 PM

9. And there was that quote from

Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2. "First thing we do... "

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Response to grumpyduck (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 05:31 PM

10. I dunno...what's your opinion. Thinkin' you mighta taken a left...

when you meant to take a right.

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Response to ret5hd (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 05:47 PM

15. Well, I don't know anything about tort law,

so I can't comment on reform.

And I don't think it's a matter of left or right. I just think a lot of businesses are so afraid of getting sued that they go all out to come up with ways to address every possible eventuality. And like I said above, I don't remember so much "disclaiming" when I was growing up or even after I'd been working for many years.

Case in point: years ago, the manuals that came with power tools and appliances told you how to use the things. There was some info on safety, but it was mostly common sense. Nowadays, I've seen manuals where the first half is all about disclaimers (often repeated) and safety stuff. I've even seen a few instruction sheets that were mostly disclaimers.

So my real question is, is all this being driven by businesses' legal departments as a response to the insurance companies, or by some other factor? I can guess the answer, but I don't know it.

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Response to grumpyduck (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 12:16 AM

24. That line is either misquoted or misunderstood.

The line is given by Dick the Butcher. A band of miscreants are dreaming of over throwing the government - the Trumpsters of the story. In order to over turn the rule of law, Dick the Butcher proposes - "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."

The only hope this country has at this point is that the rule of law will prevail - that no one, including the President is above the law. If lawyers like Mueller don't save the country, all is lost.

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 05:35 PM

12. Was there any proof that picture was real?

Iím curious.

I know it was a picture of a woman with a tree. Iím just wondering if the context was correct?

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 05:39 PM

13. I always love commericals when they show crazy stunts and accidents...

Only to follow with "do not attempt". As if anyone is going to jump a shopping cart from a skydiving plane out into the parking lot with no parachute. Or someone's going to put a barbecue grill into a truck that's still lit on fire.

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 05:45 PM

14. Years ago ...

A teacher I knew took a small group of children to a department store for some reason,
and one used the commode that was part of a display in an area of the store.

As I recall, she hurried them out of the store.

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Response to grumpyduck (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 06:22 PM

20. lawyers have defeated darwin. we need more darwin.

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