America is the land where you can sue and win because your hot coffee is hot. Unless you are a lawyer or a gold digging jerk, it’s hard to imagine anything positive coming out of this red-blooded, American tendency to over litigate everything. Most people argue that it’s screwing up our society, and I would tend to agree, but occasionally we buy a product with a warning in the instructions that is so mind boggling stupid that it almost makes the whole sue-happy craze worthwhile.
A friend has been having trouble with raccoons raiding his bird feeders, and has tried just about every humane method of deterring them imaginable. He finally broke down and got an electric fence, hoping that would solve the problem. Going through the instructions, he noticed that it read “Do not use in a bathroom”. He sent me the PDF, and I just had to write about it.
I have a pretty good imagination, but I must admit to having absolutely no clue why in the world anyone would use their shiny, new electric fence in the bathroom. After some speculation, we decided that keeping your dog from drinking out of the toilet might be a valid reason, but after thinking more about it, we decided that closing the lid seems like a much better idea. The thing that really gets me is that you know someone, somewhere, tried using this thing in the bathroom and the whole story ended so badly that it wound up in court.
Oh well, at least it’s good for a chuckle.
UPDATE: Sometimes use of your your electric fence may have unintended consequences. Even outside the bathroom.