It’s been a while since I’ve found product packaging that strikes me as strange or curious enough to share, but I recently ran across something that fits the bill.
A child safety lock, the type that is plastic and loops over a couple of cupboard knobs to keep them held shut, contained packaging language that made me question why anyone would buy the product.
The text on the back of the package, reproduced in the photo caption above, stresses not once, not twice, not thrice, but FOUR times that a child will eventually be able to defeat this lock. In fact, while typing the package text for the caption, I discovered one sentence repeated verbatim: “Discontinue use when child becomes old enough to defeat it.”
It makes sense that children will eventually grow old enough that they’ll learn how to operate a child safety lock, but how often do you need to drive that point home?
Note in one of the photos on the back of the package that the device comes with a decoy button to throw those smart little nubbins off from figuring it out too soon. A decoy button! That’s not going to distract them for long. Your child WILL defeat this lock like some kind of expert lock-picker, guaranteed.
Perhaps the manufacturer should have led with the note at the bottom of the cautionary text that tells caregivers to put all dangerous substances and objects “high up” (why the quotes there?). Or, better yet, suggest that they get a safe or cabinet with a combination lock or padlock and hide the combination or keys in another locked container and dispense with their product altogether.
This is actually what we did with the few hunting guns we had as our kids were growing up. All the guns had safety locks. The guns were kept in a locked gun cabinet and all the keys were kept in the locked safe. Further, the ammunition was kept in a separate lock box away from the gun cabinet.
When it comes to child safety, caregivers have to be clever about how they keep dangerous things away from their children. And maybe that was the point of the repetition on this package. Your child WILL defeat this lock. It’s only a matter of time and they WILL outsmart you.