Too Many Horror Stories?

Credit: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine/Facebook

BOSTON, Mass (WBZ-AM)  — We talk often in this time slot about the grievance culture we live in, where sometimes it seems the only way we know we’re alive is if we’re complaining about some offense, real or imagined.

This mentality extends to hazards, which as we all know from watching too much television over the years and, nowadays, believing what we see on the internet, are everywhere you turn.

The fresh sheets on your hotel room bed?

Sleep in them at your peril!

The hidden dangers in your toilet?

The list goes on forever!

And the less said about romaine lettuce, the better.

There’s usually at least a little bit of truth in every scary study or horror story, and I’m the last one to claim you don’t have to be careful. If I had a buck for every time I wash my hands during the week, I could hire someone to do it for me, complete with rose petals in the water.

But the two big billboards erected recently near the airport by a DC-based group called the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine seem like a good example of going just a tad too far.

The signs show a cute little girl holding that well-known weapon of mass destruction, a hot dog, alongside script that says “choking risk now, cancer risk later….ask your local hospital to protect patients from hazardous hot dogs!”

The goal: pressure local pediatric hospitals to drop hot dogs from their menu.

But over at Children’s Hospital, a spokeswoman says they serve natural, uncured hot dogs, and cut them into small pieces before serving them to kids so they won’t choke.

Imagine that!

Adults taking common-sense steps to deter risk without banning something.

Next thing you know, they’ll be telling us it’s safe to use our toilets.

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