Nanny’s Gone Wild

February 14, 2010 | By | 1 Reply More

This may actually be more about problems in cross cultural communication. But it does appear to be a case of runaway Nanny-State-ism. I have come to accept with a chuckle the warning labels on toasters and VCR’s to not use them in the bath or shower. I’m sure they are slippery when wet, and one might drop them on ones foot. This is a problem among electrocuted zombies, I’m sure.

But what am I to make of the warning on this product?

Warning on a chest of drawers

I need ANSI-Approved eye protection to open a drawer? Did an actual lawyer sign off on this?

This box is actually lower quality than a similar one that I’d bought at Target a couple of years earlier for the same price. Target doesn’t have them any more, so I resort to Harbor Freight.

I’ve been mail-ordering from Harbor Freight since the 1980’s, long before they had stores east of California. This is a cheap tools import house that now has an outlet a few blocks west of Crestwood Plaza Court. The prices are amazing, but you get what you pay for.

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  1. Erich Vieth says:

    Dan: Here's the best I can figure. The user is given a warning that the product might differ slightly from the image on the label. The might mean that the tool chest comes filled with bees. Therefore, one should wear goggles when using it, and children should not be allowed to use it at all. Of course, one should "save these cautions," because in some alternate universe they might be useful.

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