Re: Disclaimer or urban legend?

Subject: Re: Disclaimer or urban legend?
From: kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 07:17:53 -0700


Geoff quoted:

"...Trails are not sidewalks. They can be, and are, steep, slippery and
dangerous..."

I don't know whether that waiver is for real, but I hope it is. It
reflects the mindset I saw when traveling across Norway. Many of the
tourist attractions there require you to have A) physical stamina, B) a
decent sense of balance, and C) common sense. Guard rails and warnings are
in scarce supply - I remember being struck by this fact.

It made me realize how accustomed I've become to the US convention of tons
of "yes, this coffee is hot" warnings - usually intented to help protect
against lawsuits.

They just don't think like that over there. Instead, they have a somewhat
Darwinistic view of how one should go about facing the daily perils of
existence - by using your head and being careful, and by being responsible
for the consequences. What a concept!

Note: I'm absolutely NOT trying to revive the frivolous lawsuit thread.
Just commenting on a cultural difference I observed (and enjoyed).


Keith Cronin
Uff da!

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