"Comments On the Times"
No Skateboards, No Responsibility
I noticed another sign which brought
to mind an interesting Comment On
In today’s world, at least in the United
States, businesses, schools, cities
and even individuals have to take
precautions against lawsuits because
someone hurts themselves on your
There are, perhaps, a few situations
where the truly dangerousness of
someone’s property would make them
liable for someone else’s injury but I
find that a stretch of the imagination.
Whatever happened to a person
being responsible for their own
If I walk into the store and slip, did the store cause me to do this? NO!
I did it.
There was a case where someone If they could make that choice, I’m sure attorneys would never be served
bought coffee, then spilled it on their
own body and sued in a court and
won damages against the business
that sold them the coffee!
Now anytime I buy a cup of coffee, I
very well expect it to be hot! I’d be
dissatisfied if it was not.
So if I spill it on myself, how does that
make the merchant responsible for my
actions? There is no way the
merchant could know I would be that
incompetent or that I would not expect
it to be hot and take reasonable
precautions to prevent myself from
harming my own body. And even if
they did think I was incompetent and
wouldn’t take precautions, should you
ask the clerk to decide who can buy a
cup of coffee and who can’t?
anything anywhere. They could bite their tongue and sue!
I figure, once I paid for the product, it’s my product and my responsibility.
But today, with so many attorneys stalking anyone with anything of value and
courts that do not dispense justice, children become criminals by skating.
Now I’m not saying that they should be given permission to skate everywhere.
Unfortunately, they lack responsibility and damage other's property. They also
skate where good sense would tell them it’s dangerous and they shouldn't.
That doesn't make you and I responsible for they lack of knowledge or
judgment. The parents perhaps but kids can't be caged!
You Are Responsible for Your Own Condition!
My point is that a person is responsible for their own actions.
I recommend that the courts examine the habit of not holding the consumer
responsible, of not holding the incompetent person responsible for being
I don’t believe criminals that get injured while committing a crime on your
property have any right to sue, nor do visitors. If they are responsible, stay
I believe that for the courts to allow irresponsibility to happen encourages
When the election of judges comes up, the question of responsibility should
be brought up.
Failure to hold the injured person responsible is like communism where
everyone works for the state and no one can get ahead without the
government taking it away and giving it to someone who doesn’t work. Only
this form of social illness is done by the courts and fed by greedy attorneys.
This area is broad. It extends to every area of business. Doctors, contractors,
insurance agents, anyone with some income or something of value must carry
insurance to guard against tremendously expensive litigation.
A man’s house is no longer his castle. It is a thing he has to protect from the
courts, attorneys, the government and other rip-off artists!
So if you are ever in a spot to sue someone, stop and think! Who’s really
The answer almost one hundred percent of the time is “You are!”
If it’s a criminal matter, go ahead and stand up for your rights but don’t tread
on someone else’s right.
But change has to start somewhere. Make that change start with you. You do
make a difference. Every one of us who steps up a little in being responsible
helps and if enough people do this, the world would be safer for all of us.
By the way, skateboarding is not a crime!
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