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p220sigman

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My favorite was on a snack food I bought from a vending machine at work one day. Feeling a little hungry so I bought a bag of roasted peanuts. Standing there snacking on my peanuts, I start reading the back of the bag. Right there in bold letters "CAUTION: MAY CONTAIN PEANUTS." Now it wasn't necessarily the warning that disturbed me, it was the "MAY" part. Of course, then I start wondering who sued the peanut company for putting peanuts in a bag of peanuts without a warning label...

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I'm sorry - peanut allergies are not funny.

But completely freakzoid dumb that EVERY product that might have possibly had a contact with a peanut needs that label. As you said, even peanuts and peanut butter.

People with allergies have to take precautions, but also some responsibility.

Then again, I'm reminded of a grandson with a serious lactose issue. He could end up with bleeding in his stomach from something like pizza cheese. When he was 4 to 6, the little twerp would sneak into the fridge and get cheese. He did not get the association.

Lucky the brat did not end up with serious life threatening reactions before he finally figured out his mom was right.


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I'm sorry - peanut allergies are not funny.

I don't think that was the intent. It's just absolutely absurd to put a warning label on a bag of peanuts that it may contain peanuts!

People with allergies have to take precautions, but also some responsibility.

Yes, indeed. I am allergic to cooking sherry. If I consider ordering anything with a sauce or "special ingredients" I always ask there is sherry in it.


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I have a Razor with a charging cord that has a tag on it that shows a scissors cutting the cord with a cross through it indicating that you should not cut the cord with scissors.[emoticon]


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images wrote:

I have a Razor with a charging cord that has a tag on it that shows a scissors cutting the cord with a cross through it indicating that you should not cut the cord with scissors.[emoticon]


Done that - kind of, ran a lawnmower over an extension cord. Thankfully it only knocked me flat. If it had damaged the mower I still might not be able to sit down. Dad was not happy about that.

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How about the "Do not eat" warning on Desiccant Packets in every med prescription, and Many Foods. Poison, Right? Wrong the contents are not necessarily harmful, the warning is there because it MAY be a choking hazard, it may also NOT be. [emoticon]


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Regarding that McDonald's lawsuit mentioned earlier by Paw Paw 'n Gram,
where a lady spilled hot coffee on herself and sued the company; that to me is a frivolous suit.

As far as I remember, no employee spilled the coffee on her; she spilled it on herself. While I'm sorry for her injuries, how in the world could she blame anyone but herself? If she had spilled coffee on herself at home, who could she blame? The stove manufacturer for making the coffee so hot? Lawyers take all kinds of cases, no matter how frivolous! Don't you love 'em? [emoticon]


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mr. ed wrote:

Regarding that McDonald's lawsuit mentioned earlier by Paw Paw 'n Gram,
where a lady spilled hot coffee on herself and sued the company; that to me is a frivolous suit.

As far as I remember, no employee spilled the coffee on her; she spilled it on herself. While I'm sorry for her injuries, how in the world could she blame anyone but herself? If she had spilled coffee on herself at home, who could she blame? The stove manufacturer for making the coffee so hot? Lawyers take all kinds of cases, no matter how frivolous! Don't you love 'em? [emoticon]


You might consider goggling "McDonalds hot coffee case" After reading the facts of the case, you might not consider the case frivolous.

In short McDonalds knew for many years the were keeping their coffee near scalding, and that it was causing injuries. They ignored it,

Not trying to be snarky at all, just saying the facts and urban legend are very different

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In the current environment where there's always someone to blame, or at least there's always deep pockets to go after, "unnecessary" warnings are a cost of doing business. Any degree of sense, much less common sense, might render the warnings unneeded, but they are in place probably 90% for the initial defense in lawsuits and only 10% to actually provide a warning about the product.


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While McDonalds and other similar coffee venders, even places like Starbucks have no modified their standards.

They have required the manufacturers to provide better temperature control on the coffee makers.

Also a key part was that the cup the coffee was served in was extremely flimsy, and known to not be able to hold its shape when picked up after a few minutes of having the hot coffee inside.

A lot of very interesting reading, and no one can say her injury was unique, or not preventable some lost cost changes in the process and employee training.

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