Our often litigious society means that we are surrounded by unnecessary warning messages. For example:
Or the very handy:
I also came across reference to some hair straighteners with the warning ‘for external use only’, but without an image of the actual packaging, I can’t prove that one is true.
Once you start from the premise that people are unable to function in every day life without being told what to do all the time, it’s hard to know when to stop. So we get these things:
If you need more instructions than that – well, there’s something wrong with you.
My wife is in London today for a 大会議, and since she doesn’t travel to London very often, I sent her on her way with instructions on which trains to catch, how to top up her Oyster card, how to walk from the tube station to where she was going, etc. Unfortunately, I forgot to include the instruction to lock the toilet door on the train before doing your business. Big mistake.
And then I remembered that Virgin Trains are already on the case with this, and that newly refurbished toilets talk to you with helpful advice. Here’s a recording I made back in November.
Always helpful, those Virgin people…