Random Ramblings: Common Sense

Sometimes I wonder what ever happened to common sense. Just regular ‘ole common sense. The kind of common sense that was once obvious…but now requires a warning label. Case in point: Fire Sprinkler.

A standard fire sprinkler is mounted just inside the door in my hotel room. I assume that anyone old enough to rent a hotel room knows what a sprinkler looks like and understands its singular purpose…extinguish a fire with water. (Perhaps this assumption is where my premise starts to go wrong.) If you rent a hotel room with children, then I assume an appropriate level of parental supervision and education would be in order. (Again, perhaps this assumption is where my premise continues to derail.)

Fire Sprinkler Collage

Directly to the right of the sprinkler is a warning sticker. “Contact with Sprinkler Will Cause Flooding.”


Do we REALLY need a warning to tell us NOT to put a hanger on the fire sprinkler?

I just don’t understand why common sense wouldn’t prevent a person from hanging ANYTHING from the sprinkler. Isn’t that what the closet is for? Or perhaps the shower bar? It just seems like it should be so obvious. Have we as a society been told what to do for so long that we can’t…or won’t…think for ourselves?

4 thoughts on “Random Ramblings: Common Sense”

  1. Hey there, I found you via the NaBloPoMo blogroll.

    I think the major reason it is there is because when someone doesn’t bother to read the sign puts a coathanger there and it causes massive water damage, they can then say we warned you, and here is a few hundred dollar charge for cleaning added to your bill. 🙂

    As part of NaBloPoMo I try to comment on as many participating blogs as I can, and I also add participating blogs to my feed reader.

    So I’m just dropping by to let you know I’ve added your blog to my feedreader, I’m reading you loud and clear, I have a link up going at my place so my readers can find participating blogs which you are more than welcome to add your blog link to.

    Looking forward to seeing your posts. You may see me drop by again during November, but it might be December before I finish my first drop by to blogs if I don’t get faster at leaving comments. 🙂

    Happy NaBloPoMo to you!


    1. True…the warning does insure the hotel can charge for damage. I guess I was just pondering the fact that anyone would put a hanger there in the first place…causing the need for the sign.

      Thanks for the add – I hope you continue to enjoy my posts. I’ll check out your blogroll and look froward to future comments.


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