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Keep Back 500 Feet

While I was driving down I-435 recently, I came up behind a semi truck that was hauling a load of construction rubble in an open topped trailer. I am sure that you have seen these types of trucks. They are normally loaded with extremely large loads of broken up concrete and other junk left over from the demolition of a road. The part that I always find humorous is that they almost always have a piece of well worn fabric stretched over the top of the trailer. I am not sure what the purpose of this is, but I can assure you that it isn't going to stop anything coming out of that trailer.

Anyway, as I come up behind this tuck, I notice the sign on the back of it... Warning! Not Responsible For Accidents. Keep Back 500 Feet. Mind you that this sign is written in letters that require you to be less than 50 feet away to actually read them. That isn't important though. The sign is there and the trucking company bears no responsibility if they hit a pothole and a 50 pound chunk of concrete falls out of their truck and through the windshield of my truck.

I find this to be very interesting and very freeing at the same time. I find it to be very interesting because the trucking company has absolved itself of all responsibility though that one simple statement. I find it freeing because, if they can do it, so can anyone... Right?

So, as of today, I am going to start putting up signs all over the place. These signs will protect me from taking any responsibility for my actions. It will be great... Here are some of the signs that I am going to start with:

Warning: Stressed Out! Not Responsible for Verbal Assaults. Do Not Add Additional Pointless Tasks.
Warning: Low Stupidity Tolerance! Not Responsible for Letting You Know You Are Dumb. Do Not Provoke with Stupid Questions.
Warning: Spicy Food Consumed! Not Responsible for Vile Odor. Maintain Minimum 15 Foot Distance.

OK. So maybe I am taking this a little too far, but you get the point. The major issue that I have with this is that this sign could probably keep a trucking company out of trouble in the event that something did happen. Because they have warned you about it, then the law is probably on their side and it would make it very difficult to fight them if something were to happen.

"The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced." - Frank Zappa (1940 - 1993)