After losing my brother to cancer, I’ve been offline for a while and on my return I’m going a bit off the normal subject to try and get back into the swing.
I read today that a Los Angeles man sued Krispy Kreme Company for falsely advertising the ingredients of blue berries and maple syrup in their doughnuts. He is asking five million dollars. It turns out they use those little fake blueberries and artificial maple flavoring, as I suspect, do most other doughnut makers. I do know for sure that the instant blueberry muffin mixes use those same fake blueberries. Dumb Question: Could this gentleman possibly have received five million dollars of damage from eating these already unhealthy doughnuts? The amount of butter and sugar alone should be enough to stop anyone.
That’s not the real point though. The real point is that I believe all the crazy litigation in the name of making money leads to less and less self-responsibility. It leads to the goal of making one’s own problems someone else’s.
THE LAWYERS DON’T HELP. A quick internet search on frivolous law suits will blow any working man’s mind. In particular, I’m always entertained by the late night attorney’s advertisements asking if someone ever took this drug, or had this or that surgery. If so call 1-800———. I’m waiting for an advertisement that says “Have you been to a Doctor’s office this year? If so call 1-800——— because you may be entitled to a lawsuit.”
WORSE YET, when someone is injured on public property, for example slips on ice, the city gets sued because some clod couldn’t be responsible for his own safety in walking. Needless to say this leads to people intentionally falling and sustaining irreversible psychological damage to the point that they deserve no less than a few million dollars.
HOW ABOUT THIS? How about making people responsible for their own choices? In Japan they have very little crime, and probably not only because they don’t have guns. What they have is incentive for families to teach self-responsibility. This one simple example demonstrates the vast difference in Japan and the USA, and in my mind, displays part of the reason that we have so many people that don’t accept responsibility, but try to pass it off onto someone else.
In Japan, if you commit suicide by jumping in front of a Train, Rail Companies charge your family a fee. Japan Rail in fact routinely charges families of suicide victims more than US $2 million, a financially devastating sum of money for most; although it is unclear whether any families can actually pay such a high bill.
The purpose is to reinforce how the suicide victim should not have created a burden for others and to reinforce the legitimacy of the shared cultural space of the commute.
YES, this is true and can be verified via many sources.
Why is this interesting? My guess is that in the U.S., the family would be suing the local train or subway company for not creating barriers to stop someone from harming him/herself. The family and some hungry attorney would see it as an opportunity to extract money from what they perceive to be a source of unlimited funds, rather than feel they should pay for the burden they created on society, and those whose lives were disrupted by their family member.
Imagine if our society encouraged each of us to teach our family members that they must be responsible for their own actions. Perhaps then we would see less frivolous litigation. In the end, when a company loses a multi-million dollar lawsuit, costs go up, more regulations are created, and more opportunities for lawsuits exist. Is this really an efficient way to run a society?