Thursday, December 11, 2008

Stupid Clause

Earlier this year, I went water tubing. As part of this, I was been given one of those liability forms so that, should something happen they can say they warned me. I always read these things. (This has annoyed people in the past, and I just don't get that. Did you really want me to sign and not read it?) So, in the list of risks for participating in water sports, along with wind, sun, water and the possibility of getting wet they include "The presences of insects and marine life form". Really? People have to be told that when you go out into the outside, especially on a river there might be bugs and marine life? Really? I have to sign proving that I understand that I may encounter a mosquito? And, while I generally take the view that the stupid clauses are a result of something happening, I cannot imagine what exchange or threatened action has resulted in the need to clarify that people who go outside might encounter bugs or marine life. In fact, the more I think about it, that must have been some scary bug. Or something.

2 comments:

Tamara said...

I know what you mean and get the implied humor, but amoebic meningitis is deadly and that's what the claus is about.

My friend's 12yo son died from amoebic meningitis in August 2007, which he contracted in Lake LBJ in Texas. It's rare but horrible.

I enjoy your rants, so please don't take this as criticism, just info. :-)

RandomRanter said...

And I appreciate your point. However, non-specific clauses like that tick me off. I understand that mosquitoes and other creepy crawlies can transmit diseases and I'm sorry for you and your friend's loss. Truly.
But that phrase - which I took verbatim - doesn't really inform you of that - it just says there are bugs and marine life.