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It seems people have lost the ability to think. This is especially true here in the USA, where you will find signs like this everywhere. Even as a lawyer they annoy me, although I understand the purpose is to protect businesses from liability in the event of accidents. In most cases, the signs simply state dangers that should be obvious to someone with even a modicum of common sense. Like - "HAZARD: DO NOT STAND AT THE EDGE OF THE CLIFF." I saw such a warning in San Diego, California.

Recently, I went to a lovely sunflower farm by my house and before I even entered the serene landscape, I was greeted with all these rules and regulations. I rarely notice such signs during my travels in other countries, but a reader from Moscow recently sent me this photo...

1. CAUTION: ZOMBIE ZONE - A red triangle with people buried in their phones.

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2, In Germany and Sweden, similar signs are now installed in heavily trafficked pedestrian areas.

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3. One more example from Hayward, California, posted in a school zone with a lot of children. Today, children in my area begin the new school year. Good luck to all the students! Go forth, and study hard. :)

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4. Each morning on my way to work, I see blinking signs on the highway - "DON'T TEXT AND DRIVE." Some areas, like Boston, are more creative.

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In Washington, DC there are regulations against using mobile devices while driving. Only bluetooth options, or something similar, are acceptable. The fine if caught - $100.

Do you have signs like these in Russia, or your country? What should we do with these zombies who risk the safety of others while driving and texting, or walking in close proximity to cars while their attention is focused entirely on their mobile screen? People usually advocate for fewer laws and regulations, and maybe they're right. None of these signs, warnings, or even fines, seem to curb this global epidemic, which puts the lives of others in peril.

Who has a practical solution to stop this absurdity? Please share. :)

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onkel_hans
Aug. 29th, 2016 01:28 pm (UTC)
Signs in Russia? Haven't you seen the sigh at the border crossing: "Enter at your own risk"? ;)
peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2016 01:49 pm (UTC)
Somehow I missed these warnings. :) No one has a cure for stupid, just as I expected. :)
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aavenger
Aug. 29th, 2016 02:13 pm (UTC)
Solution is simple: death penalty for anything and everything :)))

In fact, these signs are really necessary as our brains are overloaded with heaps of information our modern world provides us with, therefore, quite often it becomes pretty difficult to keep focused even for not-zombie-people - and signs are meant to attract additional attention and keep people alive - even with core reason to avoid liability for someone's lack of personal and public responsibility...
peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2016 03:57 pm (UTC)
Sasha, do you have a lot of signs like these in Georgia? For instance, if you go to a cafe and order a cup of coffee to go, will there be warning signs all over the cup that the beverage "is extremely hot!"? :)) Or, when you buy a microwave, is there a warning to not place animals in there, or not put kittens in washing machines? These are the types of signs I'm talking about. If you visit us in America someday, you will understand what I mean. :) I agree we have information overload in today's society, and some signs are definitely necessary - to warn of dangers on mountains, or cliffs, potential rock slides, avalanches, potholes or uneven asphalt on roads....other conditions of which tourists unfamiliar with the area may not be aware. But all these other warnings only encourage people to NOT think for themselves, or exercise basic instincts...and this is very, very bad in my view.
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In fact this stuff is not stupid at all. - xpo_xpo_xpo - Oct. 3rd, 2016 03:11 am (UTC) - Expand
sectopod
Aug. 29th, 2016 02:36 pm (UTC)
Signs near roads, which look similar real safety signs (like 1-2-3) are illegal in Russia.

But something like 4th is usual.

Edited at 2016-08-29 02:38 pm (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2016 03:44 pm (UTC)
It does not matter if things are illegal in Russia. People there are not forced, or trained to obey rules. :) The main issue with signs I've noticed there is all of the horrible advertisements plastered everywhere, including on some apartment buildings and a lot of public spaces. I think these are eyesores, and should be prohibited.
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allanyan
Aug. 29th, 2016 02:47 pm (UTC)
Do you really think that stupidity is curable? No way!
peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2016 03:48 pm (UTC)
Ultimately, no. It isn't curable. But there are steps we can take to ensure this pool of humans lessens over the years. The main thing is to teach people to be responsible for their own actions, not blaming everyone else for poor choices, mishaps, setbacks in life. To be cognizant of choices, and their repercussions. Then such signs like these, which are aimed at avoiding liability to a large extent, would not be necessary. :) I wrote before that I don't believe we can ultimately change others - the will to do so must come from within. We can only be a catalyst for someone else's desire to change - the motivation of sort. But the individual person is ultimately responsible for his/her own progress in life....
ambival
Aug. 29th, 2016 03:01 pm (UTC)










peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2016 03:49 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't know what all these signs say, but the Exit/Entrance one for the museum is very amusing. :)
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bopobyc
Aug. 29th, 2016 03:53 pm (UTC)
"Side effect" of having every danger labeled that when it's not, people think it's not a danger...
peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2016 04:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's right. We have created this mentality. However, if we have our minds and senses open, most dangers are readily apparent. I don't see the need for all these warnings. For instance, a car is one of the most dangerous objects in which I sit every day, yet there is no reminder on the steering wheel about the hazards, or to be alert for other disrespectful drivers who share the roads...most drivers are aware of the risks each time they enter a highway or roadway. No need to remind them about the dangers associated with the choice...
redheadrat
Aug. 29th, 2016 04:21 pm (UTC)
IMHO, the signs reflect two sides of societal problems.

1) Need for tort reform. Park should not be sued for some idiot falling off a cliff while making a selfie. Microwave manufacturer should not be sued for some idiot using the cooking device to dry a cat.

2) People's lack of respect for society and inability to make basic sacrifices. Our governments are ran by politicians, not professionals, rules are archaic and reasons are moronic. Mandating devices that would kill texting functions within cars is not even on the table.
peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2016 04:23 pm (UTC)
You are wise, and I agree! :) Especially about tort reform! I don't practice this area of law, and all these bloodsucking lawyers filing negligence suits, or people pretending to "slip and fall" in stores or other public areas with the hope of a big payday are scum.
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birss
Aug. 29th, 2016 04:44 pm (UTC)
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theodorexxx
Aug. 29th, 2016 05:22 pm (UTC)
ATTENTION
Shannon's LJ was hacked and now a Kremlin propagandist writes things like
"It seems people have lost the ability to think. This is especially true here in the USA"
peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2016 05:31 pm (UTC)
Not hacked! :) There are things I do not like about America. These signs are one of them.
sckeleron
Aug. 29th, 2016 05:22 pm (UTC)
In Russia we do not neccesairily follow the signs. They are warnings not prescriptions. So if a Russian sees a sign he sees something like "You have been warned. Do this at your own risk". And they do it or don't do it according to their idea of rights and wrongs. This applies for laws too.
peacetraveler22
Aug. 29th, 2016 05:36 pm (UTC)
What is the purpose of laws if they are not enforced? :)
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In the US there are more such laws. - xpo_xpo_xpo - Oct. 3rd, 2016 03:17 am (UTC) - Expand
iamschik
Aug. 29th, 2016 09:25 pm (UTC)
My country is California, and I remember worse zombies who just a few months ago started fire on freeways, and jumped on peoples' cars. Incurable.
peacetraveler22
Aug. 30th, 2016 12:24 am (UTC)
The Republic of California? :) Yes, sometimes it seems like a different country. And why were they staring fires and behaving badly? Was this some type of rioting to celebrate a stupid sports victory?
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sibir_muzhyk
Aug. 30th, 2016 02:27 am (UTC)
No_sol
Sunbath and sea bath prohibited (Norway, February)
peacetraveler22
Aug. 30th, 2016 11:26 am (UTC)
Is the water frozen? How about ice-skating, can you do it? :) I want to visit Norway, but it is so expensive. :(
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nochnaya_ximera
Aug. 30th, 2016 05:25 am (UTC)
Now it is very actually to put the signs "Your pokemons can wait! You don't have another life!" :)
peacetraveler22
Aug. 30th, 2016 11:26 am (UTC)
That's right! :) People in Uzbekistan are also playing this game?
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anna_sollanna
Aug. 30th, 2016 03:51 pm (UTC)
> Do you have signs like these in Russia, or your country?
Never seen such signs, neither in Russia nor in Poland.
> What should we do with these zombies who risk the safety of others while driving and texting, or walking in close proximity to cars while their attention is focused entirely on their mobile screen?
Nothing except that if it is proved that the accident has happened because of their actions the other party shouldn't be considered as guilty at all. Let Darwin work ))))
ichthuss
Aug. 30th, 2016 06:10 pm (UTC)
Let both Darwin and insurer work.
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creaze
Aug. 30th, 2016 08:05 pm (UTC)
Hey Shannon
Glad to see you back in the blogs feed. Kinda started missing you.

As to the topic, i can only say that over instructing is better than under instructing. And idiots cannot be cured, they are like weather. Most of them are normal people who can be smart, when put in challenging circumstances. Life-endangering situation works best. It's just, society considers this kind of treatment inhumane, and prefers to go with over instructing signs etc. So we should actually appreciate a world where we can afford to worry about too much whatsapp on the streets.
peacetraveler22
Sep. 1st, 2016 12:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey Shannon
Hello! Well, it is nice to be missed. :) I think you're right. Most people are just living in a state of comfortably numb existence, not requiring much brain power or any threat of extinction, which would quickly kick primal instincts and the brain into high gear. How are you? Did you move to Africa yet?
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