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DALLAS ? Greg Jackson and Mike Willis say the Original Off-Road Commode their company sells is designed to be something hunters and the like can hang on a bumper in an emergency when a restroom can?t be found. It never occurred to them that anyone would try to use it on a moving vehicle.

But, when they heard about one of their customers driving around town with a modified ORC, as they call it, attached to the rear bumper of his pickup, they worried. They might have a liability problem if someone actually tried using it like that and fell from a moving vehicle. Stranger things have happened.

So they slapped the label ?Not For Use On Moving Vehicles? on the commodes. Wacky, maybe, but better safe than sorry.

The people who run the annual ?Wacky Warning Labels? contest agreed, and awarded it first place in the competition this year.

The contest, sponsored this year by the Foundation for Fair Civil Justice, is intended to show how frivolous lawsuits distort the U.S. civil justice system, organizers say. They say the fear of lawsuits has driven companies to spend millions on common-sense warnings.

The Off-Road Commode is basically a toilet seat attached to a metal insert that slips into a universal receiver/hitch on any truck or SUV. ?We didn?t design it to be permanently mounted,? said Willis, president of national sales for Wylie-based Convenient Sports International, which has sold the ORC for five years. Jackson is president of the company.

?The product is intended for uses in the outdoors or in emergency situations,? Jackson said. It ?is designed to slip into the receiver when you need it and take it out when you don?t.?

Far from being embarrassed by the wacky label honor, Jackson and Willis have welcomed the publicity.

As soon as the national media ran the wacky label story, the phones at Convenient Sports International began to ring. And the ORC?s Web site ? ? began registering hits, more than 1,000 in the first 24 hours, Willis said.

?We were totally overwhelmed with the response,? he said.

And, although they couldn?t say for sure that it?s due to the label, there haven?t been any lawsuits.

By LOWERY METTS | The Dallas Morning News

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I meant to put this in “General Discussion.” I even went to the General Discussion forum before clicking on “create a discussion.” Why is the default selection always “Repair and Maintenance?” It makes no sense.

Thanks for the heads up. I just about to do my business and take a trip to the grocery store…Now I know better :slight_smile:

Here’s even more proof!


Here in NH…we’ve had at least THREE men over the past 10+ years found dead on the highway (actually I-93). All three had died while trying to take a leak from the bed of a MOVING pickup truck. I don’t think it needs to be said that alcohol was involved.

I have 2 of those folding sun shields you put inside your car on the dashboard to cover the windshield and keep the sun out and the car cooler. Both of the say:“Remove before driving off”!!!

Since America is a litigation paradise, these instructions are there so someone does not sue the maker of these sun shields.

For a great laugh , read the warning labels on everything.

then stop and realize that most of those labels wouldn’t have to be worded that way unless…

somebody actualy did ‘that’ !

You just have to wear roller skates when moving.

Do not try to stop the chain saw with your genitals

The ORC has a very limited appeal. For some reason, only people wearing brown slacks will use it. More than once, that is.