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    Talking 'Avoid Death' Is Named Wackiest Label

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    'Avoid Death' Is Named Wackiest Label


    Posted: 2007-12-13 11:36:47

    DETROIT (Dec. 13) - A warning on a small tractor that reads "Danger: Avoid Death" has been chosen as the nation's wackiest warning label by an anti-lawsuit group.

    The Wacky Warning Label Contest, now in its 11th year, is conducted by Novi-based Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch as part of an effort to show the effects of lawsuits on warning labels.

    Kevin Soave of Farmington Hills, a Detroit suburb, won the $500 grand prize for submitting the winning label.

    The $250 second place was given to Carrianne, Jacob and Robby Turin of Greensburg, Pa., for a label they found on an iron-on T-shirt transfer that warns: "Do not iron while wearing shirt."

    Richard Goodnow of Lancaster, Mass., earned the $100 third-place prize for a label on a baby stroller featuring a small storage pouch that warns: "Do not put child in bag."

    Contest organizer Bob Dorigo Jones says the silly labels reflect how broken America's civil justice system is.

    "Predatory lawyers know they can file ridiculous lawsuits against innocent product makers and blackmail them into a cash settlement - even in cases in which a user has ignored common sense," Dorigo Jones said.

    Those who oppose the contest say that while some warning labels may seem silly, even dumb warnings can do good. They have a warning of their own: Don't be so quick to laugh at labels that help save lives.

    Honorable mention went to Cyndi LaMonde of Traverse City for a label on a letter opener that says: "Caution: Safety goggles recommended."

    Ann Marie Young of Fillmore, N.Y., took the second honorable mention for a warning she found which cautions users: "The Vanishing Fabric Marker should not be used as a writing instrument for signing checks or any legal documents."

    The group selected a list of finalists and listeners of WOMC-FM's Dick Purtan show chose the winners.

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    I got a little knife as a door prize at our Christmas party over the weekend. It was one of those little 2 inch folding knives that comes inside one of those plastic cases that are a pain in the ***** to open.

    In the corner of the packaging for the KNIFE it said:

    CAUTION: Open carefuly, sharp edge inside!
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin

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    Those who oppose the contest say that while some warning labels may seem silly, even dumb warnings can do good. They have a warning of their own: Don't be so quick to laugh at labels that help save lives.
    I'm not laughing. For one, those labels are reducing call volumes that justify Fire/EMS budgets.
    Secondly, part of the world overpopulation issue stems from these people who stand so ardently in the way of self-appointed "Darwinian Martyrs", who are willing to selflessly (and stupidly) lay down their lives for We The People (with common sense®).
    My opinions might coincide with someone of importance's POV... I wouldn't know, since I never bothered to ask. My policy is: "Don't ask, don't care."

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    Maybe those folks that want to stop Stupid Lawsuits should get legislation passed that would ban interfering with Darwin.....
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