Warning: this warning is stupid - Matt Rudd, The Sunday Times.
The warning sign has become ubiquitous. The inane and self-explanatory are omnipresent. It is Supernanny meets Orwellian nightmare... This bin is for litter only? As opposed to what? Please give up the seat if a disabled person requires it? Fuck no, let Cripple Boy grovel. Slippery when wet? You don't say.
However Matt, you actually highlight the reason for the existence of these signs in your own article:
I do a quick survey: nearly all the plastic bags in the house warn of suffocation and two raise the grim possibility of baby strangulation. One has no warning at all, which seems brazen. I could, after all, sue.
Indeed you could Matt. And that is why these warning signs must continue to affront us so... The vast majority of people are not that stupid. However, many are that conniving and opportunistic. A sad but indisputable commentary on our times.
My favourite stupid sign ever?
ALMOND SLICES - WARNING: MAY CONTAIN NUTS.