Re: Fw: Why do we put so many warnings in our manuals?

Subject: Re: Fw: Why do we put so many warnings in our manuals?
From: kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2002 12:43:57 -0600

Bob wrote

> ...Their grounds might be
> incredibly bogus, like my owner's manual (tech writer tie-in) didn't say
> that I should step on the brake when I see another car coming. The judge,
> the jury, and everybody else knows it's bogus but the reality is that my
> victims still need several million dollars plus attorneys fees so they are
> looking for the deepest pockets.

Reading this post caused me to spew my mouthful of Diet Coke all over my
computer, shorting it out and ruining the machine. I just paid my
mortgage, so I don't have the money to replace this machine. But I'm the
victim here. So I have no recourse other than to sue you.

After all, *somebody* should pay for this, and it can't be me, 'cause I
don't happen to have the money handy. So I guess it's gotta be you. Sorry.
Please send me your contact information so that my lawyers can be in

Unless you think I stand a chance suing the Coca Cola company - after all,
their pockets are probably deeper...

Sorry, we're not going to agree on this one. My contention is that people
have become alarmingly unwilling to accept responsibily for their actions
and/or their problems. Your posts support my belief. I'll watch for you on
the Judge Judy show....

Tech writing tie-in: Despite anything you may write, it's NEVER the user's
fault. So get a good lawyer.

-Keith Cronin
who must get back to answering all the offlist flames he's receiving...

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