Precautionary Insanity

There comes a point when the plethora of bland warnings become meaningless.  Are nut allergy warnings on absolutely everything really useful to people who suffer from nut allergies?

Two recent insanities I encountered…

The cats having shredded the last scratching post and rediscovered the glorious sensation of de-piling rugs, I ventured out for a replacement.  The Willow brand of very attractive, all natural cat scratching post offers the following warning,

“Pets should be supervised at all times when playing on this equipment.”


I was shopping for underwear for James today and a multi-pack of briefs caught my eye, sized for 2-3 year olds, it carried this warning:

“Warning:  Small parts.”


“Unsuitable for children under 36 months.”

Debenhams’ directors can sleep easier knowing they cannot now be sued by distraught parents whose infant unwittingly ingested his underpants.

About Andrew Munro

An independent business consultant, interim manager and writer, Andrew operates through his company, Burning Pine Ltd (
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