Sunday, February 14, 2010

Things That Make You Go "Huh???"

Several weeks ago Amanda and I went out for lunch on a Saturday afternoon - I can't quite remember where at this point but that's okay as the location doesn't really matter.   After eating I made a stop by the ladies room and as I was drying my hands I happened to look over at the familiar Koala Kare diaper changing station that I'm sure many of you have seen in various restrooms throughout the country.  It was then that I saw something that made me say "Huh??" before I pulled my cell phone out to take a picture.

See that little block of writing over there to the right of the picture?  The block that looks like it contains some sort of manufacturer's instructions.  You know, the usual "This product manufactured by so-and-so with such-and-such a patent and blah, blah, blah"- right?  Wrong! Take a closer look at what that really is ...

Due to the poor quality of my cell phone pictures, I had to edit the shot a little bit so that you could see what I'm talking about here but as you can not-so-plainly see - those are instructions in braille

I stood there for a moment trying to picture some poor visually-impaired woman coming into the ladies room, feeling around for the changing station, and then trying to read the instructions all the while balancing a crying baby or toddler who was in desperate need of a diaper change. I'm sure it's just another reason that I am going to someday burn in hell but the whole thing struck me as rather funny and I just couldn't for the life of me figure out the logistics of why?? 

I'm not at all adverse to someone filling me in on this one if anyone knows why otherwise I may have to continue to say "Huh??" every time I see one of those changing stations.


  1. It's all geared by the fear of a liability lawsuit no doubt. Like the labels on your hair dryer warning you against using it in the shower and things like that. Remember how McDonald's got sued because a lady spilled hot coffee in her lap? Lawyers run the country, who have really learned to capitalize on dumb people!

    Happy Valentine's Day! Big hugs xo

  2. I'm with Barb...Legal must have told the restaurant management to post this.

    I can't imagine having to change a diaper of a crying baby if I were visually impaired. That would be an almost impossible task.

    And no, Duchess Linda, you're not going to burn in hell!

  3. If it makes you feel better I'd have had the same reaction Linda! :)

  4. Lawyers and frivolous lawsuits rule our sooo many ways! Thanks for the laugh.

    Big hugs...

  5. yeah that is outrageously retarded... how does one know they have a baby's butt totally completely clean? oh the questions I have... my goodness... thank goodness for Cell phone cameras... the stuff we catch..LOL

  6. i always thought they should have braille porn but this isn't it! ha ha ha

    smiles, bee

  7. You're's something a sighted person can only do.

  8. I was thinking the same thing that Barb said while reading this post. Everyone is so sue crazy anymore. I can see why your were scratching your head over this one.

    Have a terrific day Linda. Big hug. :)

  9. It is a cost saving mechanism just like the ATM machines. It is less expensive to make all of these things exactly the same so that they are interchangeable no matter where they are installed. Just because you don't need braille doesn't mean that a similar service in a school for the blind wouldn't be in order.

    One order with the manufacturer all made exactly the same.

  10. Im with you on that Linda lol! When you see braille on guns and riffles that's when it wont be funny.

    Happy Valentines to you!

  11. Lord. You are not going to burn in hell. It's a conundrum.

    You've been royally tagged by the Queen of Memes, Oh Duchess of Norwich on the Thames.... I Have a Dungeon and I Know How To Use It: The UNValentine Meme

  12. well, I'd say you're going to burn in hell,....but given our weather lately I'm guessing hell is pretty cold these days....

    for those commentors who make snarky comments about blind mothers being able to change a diaper. don't talk about what you don't understand. Blind men and women have and care for babies all the time....they even use bathrooms OUTSIDE of schools for the blind. And since I had toread the damn instructions on how to open that stupid thing the first time I found it I would suppose that a person who can't SEE the handle would have a hard time knowing which end to pull down or up or over on to get the thing open.

  13. Somehow I don't think those instructions were ever put there to actually be used.

  14. Anonymous10:53 PM EST

    it's a legal dodge... the trick would be to know what the braille really says. While some people who are visually impaired *do* have some sight, they may have just enough to take on the task but not get to the more....ahhh..... finer points...

  15. "HUH" is right! Geez, now I can't wait to go into a public washroom to see if the changing tables here have the instructions in braille! lol It's just plain silly, isn't it!!! As the others have said, the legalities these days have just become plain ridiculous. xoxo


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