01 March 2006

Beware unintended consequences

I heard once that a bar in California (why is it always California?) had installed a coin-operated breathalyzer, the intention being that patrons could check their alcohol levels before leaving, to make sure that it was safe and legal for them to be driving.

If you think that's how the machine got used, you need to learn more about human nature. Almost immediately, people in the bar started holding contests to see who could get the highest reading on the machine. Although this was probably good for business, the bar was forced to remove the machine on advice from their lawyers.

But if the machine were still in that bar, this guy could probably win a lot of money, betting on himself.

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