D.L. Stewart exclusive: Shipwrecked? Blame your t-shirt

While vacationing in Florida last week, I bought a long-sleeved T-shirt at one of those tacky souvenir shops that cater to tacky tourists. (In my defense, it was a bitterly cold day with the high temperature barely in the 70s).

The front of the shirt consisted of three nautical symbols, along with some latitude and longitude numbers which I assume had something to do with the Gulf of Mexico. And, affixed to the front, was a bright yellow sticker containing the following message:




“Manufacturer disclaims responsibility if teeshirt is used as navigational aid and cannot be held liable for any damages, including shipwreck, loss of life or limb, or any inconvenience.”

“Have a nice day!”

I assumed the sticker was intended as a funny little joke.

But my wife contended it was put there as a serious warning because there really are people dingy enough to navigate a boat based on information they found on the front of a T-shirt. Not to mention an armada of attorneys who would file lawsuits on their behalf.

I’d like to think I was right.

But I’m afraid she was.

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