Tuesday, January 8, 2013

That Needs to Come With Warnings

I am sure you all have seen the mugshots of the five inmates at the Idaho State Correctional Institution of south Boise that are suing a handful of major beer and wine companies.  They are contending that  alcohol led to their crimes and they should have been warned to the  addictive nature of booze.

I have done posts about lawsuits in which I talked about the one and only time I threatened to sue someone and I have done posts about  warning labels  in which I created the perfect drug that unfortunately came with some serious risks....but never have a done a post about a lawsuit that is a direct result of people wanting warning labels.

I am particularly interested in this lawsuit because it is coming out of  Boise.  My Kiddo #2  lives in Boise and keeps me abreast of the local scuttle concerning various Boise stories that don't always make their way to the Kansas City Star. Be forewarned that there are a couple of cases in Boise right now that are doozies.  I will catch you up on one of the more interesting news items in the next week or so. There is the additional fact that my kid is super smart and super funny which makes the stories extra entertaining.

Thought Number One:  They Didn't Realize that Alcohol Was Addictive

The five inmates; Keith Allen Brown, Steven Thompson, Woodrow Grant, Cory Baugh and Jeremy Brown have filed a lawsuit against Miller Brewing Co., Anheuser-Busch, Ernest and Julio Gallo Wineries,  Adolph Coors,  Brown-Furman Co., American Brands Inc., Pepsi-Cola, and  RJR Nabisco.  (What??? Pepsi and Nabisco are addictive???)

The five are asking for ONE BILLION DOLLARS...yes...with a B. They claim that all the companies should of had warning labels on their products that warned them of the addictive nature of alcohol...and while they don't spell it out....one could surmise that these guys are blaming alcohol for making them dumbasses.

Keith Brown told the Kansas City Star,  that he has spent almost 30 years in the prison system and that alcohol has played a major role in most of the situations that landed him in prison.  He went on to say that "at no time in my life, prior to me becoming an alcoholic, was I ever informed that alcohol was habit forming and addictive."  (Keith is being a bit redundant here.)

Jeremy Brown who is serving a 20-30 sentence for a 2001 shooting, claims he would of never started drinking had he known that alcohol was habit-forming.  According to him, he was drunk when he shot his victim.  He goes on to say that there wouldn't of been a shooting if he wasn't an alcoholic.  (I can hear it now...Your Honor, I submit that he is a liar, liar, pants on fire!!)

So far it doesn't appear that any lawyers are latching on to represent these five. (that can't be a good sign) They have filed the suit themselves with Boise's U.S. District Court.

None of the companies have yet responded to the suit.

Thought Number Two....Will We See Some More Warning Labels

I am not overly optimistic that these guys are going to get their BILLION dollars and really where would they spend it anyway?  (Do prison commissaries sell high-end merchandise?...perhaps I need to Google that.)

But...I wouldn't be surprised if we would start seeing warning labels on alcohol.  The labels on other products are the direct result of someone suing someone.

Who's going to pay the fine?
Surprise, there are peanuts in peanuts.

Learn something new everyday

It wouldn't tell you not to unless someone did.
Dry hair while sleeping..great idea for saving time.

In an effort to get a warning label into play for the alcohol manufacturers, here is a prototype just to get the ball rolling.

OK it might need some work...it's a start

What else, should we put in there, my fellow bloggers??? 

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Just Keepin' It Real Folks said...

Call me a cynic, but I doubt these dudes can even read a warning label.

Cheryl P. said...

I wouldn't think of calling you a cynic as I am the biggest uber-cynic on the planet. My thought was that with all the time these 5 have spent in prison on the tax payer's dime they are all probably working on law degrees. I find it odd that they managed to get their documents filed in the US Circuit Court.

luvbeingagrandpa said...

Kiddo number two must have gotten his wit from you...too fun!!!!

Cheryl P. said...

He may of gotten his wit from his mom but he got his good looks from his dad....oh and his height, too.

Jo-Anne said...

That grog warning sounds about right to me it can also cause you to speak loudly and become very pissed off at people over nothing.............that said idiots like those sueing would read it thing those things won't happen to me and still continue to drink because we all know what idiots are like...........

Susan Alton said...

Speaking of warning labels...when I worked out at a health club there was an elliptical training machine with a warning label that said to keep hands and feet away from moving parts. I laughed every time I got on the machine. Who thinks up these things??

Riot Kitty said...

Now I want to know this: would he have started drinking if he knew he was stupid?

Jayne said...

I had not heard of this. *shakes head in disbelief* One of the funniest warning labels I've ever seen was on the back of one of those giant sunshades you put in your windshield to shade the interior from the sun when you park. It read: Do not drive with shade in place. :-o

Wolfbernz said...

Hi Cheryl,
Alcoholism has been around since way before they were born so it'll be hard to really put the blame on not having a warning label.
As far as what to add to the label, Overuse of this product may cause Staggering with the intent to Crawl.

Trina said...

As always, great post! I hadn' heard about this lawsuit but it is kind of funny. Maybe we should have beer companies play a list of possible side effects after their superbowl commercials!
I can see it now, clidesdales marching through the snow - bringing memories of a crisp cold beer - followed by a picture of these guys and a list of possible side effect like ending up in jail for being a bad drunk.
Clicks for you!

Cheryl P. said...

You are so right. People tend to think that warnings don't apply to them...especially the idiots.

Cheryl P. said...

Susan, that is one of the funniest warning labels I have ever heard of. I actually do keep my feet off the moving parts of an elliptical trainer as much as I can but not for safety reasons...more for lazy reasons.

Cheryl P. said...

If I were giving awards for comments...and I am seriously thinking of holding a contest...that is a winner. It is snort worthy!!!!

Chubby Chatterbox said...

Love that $200.00 fine for touching the "Instant death" wire. I guess you need to have the cash on you when you touch the wire. They better turn off the juice before going through anyone's pockets.

Cheryl P. said...

I have noticed that on those shields as well. You just know that someone did that once upon a time or there wouldn't be that warning. How obtuse can consumers be????

Cheryl P. said...

There was a statement issued by one of the lawyers out of Boise that said exactly that. He thought it was a given that people knew the effects of alcohol. I guess that companies need to cover their asses though with a warning label so people like this can't claim ignorance.

I love that "intent to crawl" Funny...and perfect.

lisleman said...

warnings and lawsuits - a sign that the end is near? I think a story I heard about a person suing a ladder company because there was no warning that placing the ladder in frozen manure (farming accident) was dangerous is true.

You probably have heard the parody of drug ads called Tequila. The side effects listed at the end are hilarious.

Here's the link http://youtu.be/a7nbmjkImHQ

Cheryl P. said...

Yes, they could do what the pharmaceutical companies do....talk really, really fast at the end of the commercial with all the possible side effects. Instead of asking them to call their doctor, it could advise them to call their sponsor.

Cheryl P. said...

That one took the prize for thinking "outside the box". How many people say "Damn, I can't touch it because I only have $50 on me."

Cheryl P. said...

I hadn't ever seen that You Tube video but that is hysterical. Had I known of it's existence I would of added it to the post.

lisleman said...

I'm glad I dropped off the link. I almost didn't since the clip has been around for awhile. After I found it again, I thought hell it's so funny it's worth listening to again.

Bodaciousboomer said...

Right by us there's a high school with a school zone and crossing guards. We didn't have those when I was in school. If you can't get across the street by yourself by the time you're outta high school perhaps Mother Nature is trying to tell you something,

Cheryl P. said...

Our world has changed dramatically in our life time, hasn't it Michele. There weren't warning labels on much of anything back in the 50's was there? I guess we wouldn't of known as we would have been little kids but now every piece of clothing, every medication, every...everything has a warning....including how to cross a street.

abeerfortheshower said...

We also need these labels to remind us that alcoholism is a disease, and it's completely genetic, because it can be handed down to our children through our own blood supply. It's just basic science, folks.

Cheryl P. said...

Are you getting all serious on me?? You are right of course, there is a genetic component and it is a disease. I actually have a little background in the genetics of this. No I don't drink but my maiden name translates to Son of a Drunk. I am not kidding. Some of my ancestors lived up to the name.

Nicky said...

I dunno, I think the BILLION dollars is completely reasonable. Do you know how much it costs for Armani jumpsuits?

My personal favourite warning is on Q-tip boxes. Do not insert swab into ear.

Cheryl P. said...

I could be wrong but these guys look like they might not be into Armani as much as Army Surplus.

Good one, Nicky. I have seen that warning too and yet I didn't think of it.

Life, Laughter and Paris said...

Ha ha ha. A Billion dollars. You give us such an education. I'll stop crouching on the toilet with my feet on the seat even though I figured I was fitting in some quality Yoga time. I'm behind in my reading. Yay! More laughs from you all at once :)

Cheryl P. said...

Now why didn't I think about multitasking yoga with bathroom breaks? I could of had a much more toned body without ever going to the gym. I think you should be my life coach.

The five bozos with the lawsuit probably won't get their billion dollars but I won't be surprised if we don't start seeing warning labels covering the possible side-effects of alcohol on containers.