wacky warning labels, what do you think?

United States
March 1, 2007 6:11pm CST
Americans are lawsuit crazy. And the very real prospect of being sued has caused some companies to be extra cautious and overly obvious when it comes to warning labels for their products. Case in point: A label on a popular hair dryer warns, "Never use hair dryer while sleeping."
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@ljcapps (1926)
• United States
2 Mar 07
My absolute favorite, was for a long time the bottom of the cork in a champagne bottle said do not open towards face/eyes. LOL on the bottom. recently i've noticed it's on the outside of the label. But you're right, a lot of Americans are sue crazy. They think its a quick way to get rich, but they have to be careful now, because the corporations could turn around and sue them for a frivolous lawsuit. How ironic is that? Although my favorite is the lady from mcdonalds who spilled hot coffee on herself, and won the lawsuit.
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@craftwave (1338)
• United States
2 Mar 07
Now the cup has a warning on it saying that it contains hot liquid. I can't believe the courts even looked at her case. What did she think it was going to be cold?
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@ljcapps (1926)
• United States
2 Mar 07
Naw, she just wanted money. It came out later that after that incident, she sued several other places for similiar things. She ended up getting sued herself over the frivolous lawsuit streak she had.
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
2 Mar 07
Yup, lets warn people about the obvious so that they don't miss the obvious (and I have to wonder if it is sometimes intentionally 'missed') and sue!!! Again, why do attorneys take these frivolous cases? (well, for the publicity, I'm sure) Some crazy warnings I found right here in my house this morning (Yes, thanks to you I had a ball looking at packaging!!! ) On sleeping pills: "Warning, may cause drowsiness." Toilet brush: "Do not use for personal hygiene" Drano: "Do not reuse bottle to store beverages" I also found this site...and had a ball reading them! http://www.bored.com/crazywarnings/
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• Ireland
2 Mar 07
It is not just Americans who are lawsuit crazy, it is even happening here in Ireland. I have also read on a baby's cough bottle: "May cause drowsiness. If effected to not drive or operate machinery".
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
2 Mar 07
They are so frightened of people sueing them that they cover every eventuality and now everyone and everything HAS to state the bleeding obvious. My favourite label is on a packet of nuts it states 'may contain nuts' I laughed at the hair dryer, as if!
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
2 Mar 07
Once again, it is the wacky liberals in government who convince people that they can get something for nothing. In this case, sue whoever you can. Americans are lawsuit crazy, like you said, and it stems from a lack of responsiblity and the mantra that 'everything that goes wrong in my life is the fault of someone else' and therefore they owe me something...usually money.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
3 Mar 07
On a child's Superman costume: Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly. On a can of air freshener: For use by trained personnel only. On a mattress: Do not attempt to swallow. On a pair of socks bought in egypt: Do not wash.
• United States
3 Mar 07
ROFLMAO!!! "wearing this garment doesn't enable you to fly!" "for use by trained personnel only"...so where do I go to sign up for a class to train me in the use of an aerosol can?!! That is a riot!
@weemam (13377)
3 Mar 07
lol they were brilliant xx
@weemam (13377)
3 Mar 07
WE were talking about something like this last week , my son said someone had bought a can of air freshener and it said do not spray while breathing , I would immagine it meant do not breath in the air freshner lol ,