So, I bought a new printer yesterday. My old one suddenly sucked in a dozen or so sheets of paper, made a terrible grinding noise, and died a horrible and violent death.
I could have suffered a similar fate had I not noticed a little note in the printer box.
When I unboxed the printer, naturally, I took one of the ink cartridges and put it in my mouth. You know, as you do.
But, thankfully, just before I bit down to suck out the ink, I glanced down and read the warning note. Here’s what it said:
CAUTION: Ink contains nitrates. Do not drink or place in your mouth.
Thanks so much HP for looking after us all. And it’s great to see that the little note is in seven languages so that people from all around the world will know not to chew ink cartridges and drink the ink.
Yes, well, I confess that I didn’t REALLY try the drink the ink. The stuff is way too expensive just to waste as a beverage. Besides, I prefer a cold Heineken, to be honest.
Nevertheless, it gets you thinking. Do these companies put these absurd warnings in their products because of an overabundance of caution? Or because they are obligated to do so by government or industry regulations? Or, are the warning notes in response to actual incidents of ink drinking and cartridge chewing? Hopefully, it’s not the latter! But still, Tide Pods.