would you really put a hot coffee between your legs?
I would if cup holders had not yet come into common practice.
Where would you, back in 1978, put your hot beverage cup if you had been holding it, but for any number of reason suddenly needed to use 2 hands? The dash? Maybe, depended on the car. A lot of times that wasn't possible. The Liebeck case was also the reason apparantly coffee sleeve became popular, and different lids on cups that wouldn't splash out. I don't see at all where she was given any slack because of her age.
What if pre cup holders, you had to use both hands sitting in a parking lot, and handed your 9 year old the cup and said "Hold this for a second", because there was no where to put the beverage? What if you handed it to your 45 year old husband or sister? Then something happens, and they get burned.
It didn't have anything to do with Liebeks age. It had to do with the fact a company was selling something that would give immediate 3rd degree burns, and obviously, people spill hot coffee on themselves every day. But not as unnecessarily hot as that.
No, I wouldn't necessarily think myself dumb, or think someone else dumb, if they hurt themselves in a way that given more thought, maybe wasn't such a good idea.
I sure haven't been embarrassed to tell other how I burnt myself touching a cast iron pan, or cut myself on a piece of broken glass.
A drug can go under many different names.
A former co worker of mine, an RN, ended up in the hospital while she was visiting Japan, due to extreme stomach pain.
Turned out she had been given Naproxen for some shoulder pain and ended up in the ER because of internal bleeding.
Off the top of your head, do you know what Naproxen is? Yes? No?
Naproxen is a double dose of Alleve.
Now you might know from prior personal experience if Alleve eats up your stomach. But if your doctor perscribed Naproxene, and you saw that a side effect is that some people experience gastric distress, would you maybe think "Well, I hope that doesn't happen to me. I don't know if it will because I've never taken it" Yes you have. And now you're taking 200% of what would have you up all night.
Sure it says in small letters on the Alleve bottle (naproxen sodium), but can you say you would definately make the association?
When I was a teenager I had a bad reaction to erythromycin.
Because of that, there are a dozen other drugs I can't take, including good old penicillin (is that even used anymore?).
Would anyone blame me if I didn't know about those drugs, and took one that cause an anaphylactic reaction? I don't think I would feel dumb at all. I do happen to know all the drugs I'm not supposed to take end in "mycin", but I hardly think I could be blamed if I wasn't aware of that.
I couldn't rationalize being embarrassed enough over something like being injured to not pursue some sort of justice over a situation. Really? Embarrassment? That's a real low priority emotion, especially if you're injured.
Me? No, I don't give any thought at all to warnings like "These knives may be sharp" because they serve a purpose, save companies from lawsuits, and may be a reminder to someone to be careful when they aren't paying attention.
Some may think a person is "dumb" to actually see that as a reminder. Every day when I go out to drive my car, especially when it's for the food deliveries on do, and am not 100% sure of all directions, I say out loud "Be Care Driving Chai"
I need that reminder.