Pet Peeve: Crazy Warnings
I’ve realized this week how many pet peeves I have. Shopping seems to bring out many of them! All week I’ve tried to come up with one that hasn’t been mentioned. My pet peeve is crazy warning labels.
* Glue that warns you not to eat it. Really?
* Coffee cups that warn you the contents are hot (I know, it all started with the lady spilling her coffee from McDonald’s).
* Hair spray that tells you to not spray your hair over an open flame. Whew! Glad I read that one!
* The warning on the driver’s side visor mirror that tells you to not use the mirror while driving.
* Bags of Hot Tamale candies that tell you not to stick them up your nose (just kidding–I hope).
* We farm and have an assortment of ATV’s. The smallest one is a three-wheeler that goes about 15 mph and doesn’t even come to my knee. There is a warning sticker on it that says no person under the age of 16 should be driving it. Envision that one for a moment. I bet that 16-year-old was THRILLED to get an ATV that size! Whoo-hoo!!
When I see these types of labels I cringe. Do they really think we’re THAT dumb? And then that sad moment of truth sneaks in and I know those companies are only protecting themselves.
My family loves Adventures in Odyssey. One of our favorites is when the local trouble-maker falls through the skylight on the roof of Whit’s End and gets hurt. He and his dad are very sorry until a lawyer shows up. The lawyer’s name is Mr. Weasel, but he always corrects people with the ‘proper’ pronunciation of Why-zel. Now when we find a crazy warning, we’re quick to mention ‘Mr. Weasel, I mean Why-zel’.
Do you have some favorite crazy warnings? I’d love to hear them!