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Deserve Or Earn?

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2009/04/12

Different age groups have different views on what is deserved compared to what must be earned. In my experience, the older a person is, the more likely that person will believe everything must be earned. Put another way, the younger a person is, the more likely that person will believe everything is deserved and doesn’t require any first-person work. And the age of personal accountability appears to have been moving constantly higher over the past few decades. This troubling trend can be seen throughout our society.

A woman buys a cup of coffee from McDonalds, places it between her legs, and drives off. Upon leaving the parking lot and entering the street, the car goes over a bump, spilling the hot coffee on her legs. The woman sues McDonalds because McDonalds didn’t adequately warn her that the hot coffee was indeed hot. And a jury of twelve decided the woman deserved $2,000,000.00 from McDonalds because, after all, the woman was not responsible for her own actions. Egg farms have boxes to pack 30 dozen eggs. Those boxes (some of them anyway) now have warnings on them. The boxes are for eggs only. Do not overload them. Someone filled the big box with other things, picked it up by the hand-holes, had everything fall out the bottom and injure the person’s foot. The egg farm lost the lawsuit because the egg farm did not adequately warn people not to overload the boxes.

A job I used to have was in sheet-metal manufacturing. We made ductwork for HVAC use. I put 25 671-4x10x6’s in a single box. These boxes would then be shipped to distributors who would resell them to building contractors, not the general public. Some intelligent contractor decided it was a good idea to punch the boxes open, knowing full well that sheet metal with sharp edges was inside the boxes. Upon gashing his fist open, he sued the distributor because, after all, the distributor was at fault for his injuries. What?

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