April 30, 2009
Toilet advice tops wacky warning list
A warning submitted by a man in Hampton, Ga., regarding the use of a portable toilet has topped this year's Wacky Warning Label Contest, an event sponsor says.
The Foundation for Fair Civil Justice said in a release that Hampton resident Steve Shiflett won the 2009 Wacky Warning competition by sending in a warning label attached to
The Off-Road Commode.
Not for use on moving vehicles, the label on the portable toilet, which can be attached to a vehicle's trailer hitch, reads.
Other winning entries this year include a cereal bowl warning that urges adult supervision for use and a livestock castration ring product that insists the product only be used on animals.
Bob Dorigo Jones, who created the annual contest, said such seemingly unnecessary labels are an indication of an ongoing economic trend.
Once a year, millions of people around the world get a collective laugh from our winners, Jones said.
The truth is, this is no laughing matter. Outrageous warning labels confirm that the American civil justice system is out of whack! In today's economy, Wacky Warning Labels demonstrate the tax we all pay for lawsuit abuse.