This morning I discovered that the jar of peanut butter in my refrigerator had a small so far unseen disclaimer on its label saying; “May contain traces of nuts”
It really made me think of what kind of crazy world we live in… having to make disclaimers for everything trying to prevent getting sued by all the greedy consumers trying to make money on finding loopholes in disclaimers on different products..
Like the woman who sued a microwave manufacturer for not writing that she couldn’t heat up her cat in the microwave after it had been out in rainy weather.. or the man who sued McDonald’s after he had spilled hot coffee, evidently not knowing it was hot at all..
In one of the most extreme cases Robert Lee Brock sued himself for $5 million. He claimed that he had violated his own civil rights and religious beliefs by allowing himself to get drunk and commit crimes which landed him in the Indian Creek Correctional Center in Virginia, serving a 23 year sentence for grand larceny and breaking and entering. What could he possibly have to gain by suing himself? Since being in prison prevented him from having an income, he expected the state to pay.
Living in a world where you can sue everyone for everything you must have your disclaimers in order if you want to survive on the business market…
It wont be long before microwave manufacturers will have to write something like: “..this microwave is not for reheating cats, dogs, lions, tigers, leopards, cows … or any future species that might arise through evolution” and McDonald’s will have to build in speakers into their coffee cups in order to make the message; “This cup contains hot beverage” available to everyone, even the blind.. but what about the people who is both blind and deaf?
In the beginning I thought the world of disclaimers had taken a new dimension with the peanut jar warning that the product might contain nuts.. only until I started researching and found a Facebook page with the name; “Why is it written “May contain traces of nuts” on peanut butter jars?”.. yes there is such a page..
In that page/group a clever individual had done her research and found out that the peanut actually is a species in the legume (bean) family and not an actual nut.. disappointing
/Anton B. Zeuthen