Tonight, for some dumb-ass reason, I went to Walmart. I needed a new toothbrush and basically to get the hell out of the house. I remembered that I needed some plastic sheeting for a project I'm doing, so I wandered over to hardware and found Husky brand plastic sheeting.
As I looked at this Husky plastic sheeting, something on the label caught my eye: The label basically said that by buying and using their product, you agree that to binding arbitration if a "dispute" should arise! What the hell man? You mean if I line my baby's crib with this plastic, and something bad happens, I can't sue? More seriously though, what if the plastic was spontaneously combustible, or contained carcinogens or poisons? What if it melts on contact with paint, so that if I splatter paint on it (it's intended purpose), it leaks through and fuses to the carpet? Not that any of that shit is likely to happen, but still...
I was puzzled. Was this some Walmart thing, or just this manufacturer? Was it on all products? Does buying anything at Walmart strip you of your right to sue in a court of law? What in the hell could be Husky's legal costs? Seriously, what the fudge?
I picked up other products and didn't see anything. I wondered what else might be so "dangerous" as to require more than a stern warning on the label. So I wandered over to the plastic gas cans. Lots of warnings, but no arbitration agreement. (By the way, if you haven't bought a plastic gas can in awhile, they look quite different now.)
I even wandered over to sporting goods and looked at ammunition. Surely if there was an industry that doesn't want to get sued, it's got to be ammunition. Nope. Some lead warnings and such. Then I got distracted and started looking for non-leaded shotshells for my 12 gauge. Then I remembered that my 12 gauge is a sawed-off piece of junk that I only use for home protection.
Anyhow, I got to thinking about this arbitration thing more.
I have decided to add an arbitration clause to this blog:
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