“Why are you worried? It’s not like you’ll get caught”
Yes, we’ve all heard it a lot recently. Either that exact sentence or some variety of it (and the sentiment) from family, friends, and others who we tell about CPSIA.
I’m never quite sure what to say in response outside of, “breaking the law, however ridiculous it may be, is not a business practice to which I subscribe.” Granted, I have been known to speed on occasion. But I digress…
Then I remind them that even trying to stay on the right side of the law is such a mess, I could still be breaking some important paragraph without knowing it.
As I said in an earlier post, I’m amazed at the amount of time each of us has spent just trying to figure out how to comply. The stay was virtually worthless because many businesses can’t afford the risk of possibly selling a product that doesn’t meet the new standards. Lead levels above the new limit have been found in enough unexpected things to give us pause especially since the limit goes down even further (300 ppm) in August of this year.
So we voice our concerns and we wait.
And as the days and weeks pass, and hearings are cancelled, and more businesses not only lose money but are forced to close, you would think that more than a handful of members of Congress would have found a clue.
Shouldn’t they be listening to all of these law-abiding constituents & business owners who will be forced to close because they can’t risk breaking a law most rational people know to be completely wrong? A law that, I believe, no one in Congress actually read thoroughly before signing?
“Well, they couldn’t have intended for the law to affect small businesses like that so you must be wrong.”
My answer to that statement: “Who cares what they may or may not have intended, whatever is written into law is what they will enforce.” Then I explain to them in 500 words or less (because I wouldn’t want their eyes to glaze over) what this law means to my business (where I deal primarily with cotton materials) and the penalties associated with breaking it.
Mind you, I don’t actively pick their chins up off the floor. I give it a minute and then let them do it themselves.
And if after my explanation, they still don’t quite believe me, I offer to send the the whole CPSIA document as a PDF or give them an out by guiding them to my post about “Who Knows What?” so that they don’t fall asleep while in search of the CPSIA truths.
And only then, after they truly understand, do I hear:
“Well, I’m sure this will change very soon. In this economy, we can’t afford to lose so many small businesses and people can’t afford to lose their incomes.”
Of all the statements and those like it, I think this is the one that upsets me the most. How is it we all believe that it will change without our doing? Does Glenda the Good Witch read our thoughts and decide to make it all better for the lot of us?
As @CitizenTweet regularly screams from the rooftops – what must happen to compel people to put their own time and energy into changing something that also affects them directly. How is it immediately compartmentalized as “not my problem” even though, in reality, it is?
So it’s a good thing I reminded you to breathe in my last post. We’ll need all the blood flow to the brain that we can get as we breathe in all this hot air.