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More stupid disclaimers

2009 February 19
by stefann

Since the Holidays, I’ve been spending half my time in NYC and half of it in Bucharest.  This nomadic entrepreneur lifestyle definitely has its peculiarities.  One of them is that you get acquainted a lot with cafes, bookstores, and pretty much any place where you can find a wireless connection and a plug.  It pretty much feels like being digitally homeless (years ago I purchased the domain name; I never had a plan for it, but I now realize I was just anticipating this blog =) ).

In any case, one place that’s a favorite right now is the East West Living bookstore on 14th and 5th Avenue.  The coffee is good, the ambiance is awesome, and the staff is great.  Today, as I sat down, I laughed out loud reading this:

Readings Disclaimer
Please be advised the readings of any kind, including but not limited to psychic, tarot, angel, oracle cards, I-Ching, Feng Shui, astrology, past-life or any other type of reading – cannot predict, forecast, diagnose or provide information with absolute certainty.
No guarantees or assurances of any kind are given to customers who choose a reading at East West Living, and the company will not be held accountable for any interpretation or decision made by recipients based on information they are given or receive during readings.
According to the laws of the State of New York, this reading is for entertainment purposes only. For medical concerns, please consult a health professional.  For legal matter, please consult an attorney.

I understand the theoretical reasons for disclaimers in modern societies. But everytime I encounter moronic disclaimers like this I can’t stop thinking that in order for the disclaimer to show up on that table there must’ve been at least one person who complained of the lack of “guarantees” . 

The beligerant, litigious American society clearly comes across in this example in a major antithesis to the spirit of the East West bookstore itself :-)