Friday, December 17, 2010

Conversational Snippet #4: Liability Wars

(The Boy and I are watching Star Wars Episode I on DVD.  Darth Maul has just been pushed off the edge of a...ventilator shaft?  Or something?  I dunno.)

Me: What is with all these bottomless pits in the middle of everybody's workspace?  Didn't practically every Star Wars movie have someone falling into a pit?

Boy [thinking]: Most of them, yeah.

Me: That's a huge insurance risk, you know.

Boy: ......?

Me: Well, it's a big liability issue.  I'm sure most insurance company guidelines would require at least a guard rail around a bottomless pit.  Maybe even a chain link fence with a lockable gate.  The Empire would have a hell of a time trying to get coverage.

Boy: ......


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