Limited Liability

D65EA528-95EE-4F55-B54E-7AE3ED3D0D39Sign here,” the woman said, handing Hank a clipboard with a document with fine print on it.

“What is it?” Hank asked.

“It’s just a standard release form,” she said.

“Release from what?”

“A release from any liability on the part of our company should any injury befall you,” she explained.

“Any injury?” Hank said. “Like what?”

“Well, you’re wanting to rent a sea kayak to take out along our naturally rocky coast. Some people are very venturesome and have gotten too close to the rocks and have damaged the kayaks or hurt themselves,” she said. “So we need you to sign a released that relieves us from liability. Our insurance company requires that we have a signed release before we can rent you a kayak.”

Hank carefully read the release form and was aghast“Sorry,” he said, handing the clipboard back to the woman, “but I never imagined that I could get seriously injured in a sea kayak. I think I’ll try something a little less risky, like skydiving.”


Written for Teresa’s Story Starter Challenge, where the line is, “Sign here.” Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (natural), Ragtag Daily Prompt (coast), Word of the Day Challenge (venturesome), and Your Daily Word Prompt (aghast).

8 thoughts on “Limited Liability

  1. Marilyn Armstrong April 6, 2019 / 3:00 pm

    It turns out those release forms are not legal anyway. They can make you sign them, but they don’t stand up in court. I used to ride and you always had to sign release. I felt they should just give you a release which says “Sports are dangerous. Don’t do anything stupid. If you DO something stupid, we won’t insure you.” Most riding stable have closed from too many lawsuits.

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  2. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer April 7, 2019 / 5:06 am

    Having just endured the shock , of learning that a close relative just went skydiving, I loved your last line, “I’ll do something less risky like skydivng.” So I wrote my last post about skydiving.

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