Tiger bites child: Quick, let’s find someone to blame

So a guy in South Africa takes his 8-year old daughter to a lodge where they keep a number of “tame” animals, including a tiger. The lodge owner’s daughter, age 14, tells the 8-year old that it’s okay to pet the tiger. So the guy–despite signs saying not to touch the animals–lets his daughter put her hand through a wire fence, whereupon the tiger promptly bit off a piece of one of her fingers.

The father is threatening to sue the lodge, but the lodge says he should have paid attention to the signs.

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Parental responsibility? Apparently there isn’t an app for that either.

I guess it had to happen sooner or later. A group of parents who can’t seem to take responsibility for their own behavior is suing Apple, alleging that iPhone and iPad apps are too addictive. According to court documents, Apples games are: “Highly addictive, designed deliberately to be so, and tend to compel children playing them to purchase large quantities of game currency, amounting to as much as $100 per purchase or more.”

Excuse me? Highly addictive? Compel children to purchase? Who owns the iPhone or iPad? Actually, a better question is who’s paying the bill? I hate to sound harsh, but if you authorize your child to make charges to your iTunes account–which is the way the vast majority of apps and their associated charges get billed–you’re on your own. What ever happened to just saying, “No”?

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