UPDATE: May 24, 2012 (Video added; Text added; Opinion added; Pictures added) Scott Gordon reports that Children are Eating Tide Pods Laundry Detergent USA. The text is short, but parents beware.
Brian Curtis and Meredith Land from NBC Digital News Channel announces Gordon Scott from NBC 5 live in Fort Worth Texas in an online video.
An excerpt of the text is below. The video, courtesy of NBC News embed code online, is below the text.
Children are Eating Tide Pods Laundry Detergent USA
“Children Mistaking Detergent for Candy”
“Poison control centers are warning parents about concentrated single-dose laundry detergent after children …”
“Children who eat detergent pods often require hospitalization, with symptoms ranging from vomiting to trouble breathing.”
This is the Mom in the video…
“Schmidel said it’s up to parents to keep their children away from the detergent.”
The Mom in the video says that it is up to parents to keep vigilant about the dangers to small children. And so we are ultimately responsible for the safety of our children. Yet, the Moms that I know do not need to have their laundry detergent in primary colors in a plastic jug shaped like a candy jar to be attracted to the convenience of single use packaging. The coloring of this product and the shape of the plastic jar it comes in is blatantly disregarding the safety of small children in favor of utilizing the psychological effects of color and shape to gain $$ increased profits $$. It shouts irresponsibility. I, for one, am quite capable of retrieving single use packets from a typically shaped cardboard laundry detergent box. I do not need, nor does the earth, the plastic jar that if not recycled, will outlast the redwoods in California.
In case you did not know, the advertising agencies used by manufacturers rely intensely on psychological data gathered about the buying habits of their target market. This includes color, shape, placement, and precise wording, to name only a few. Manufacturers pay millions of dollars yearly for such information. The buyer beware! What was it that P.T. Barnum said? Wasn’t it… “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Don’t you be one at the expense of your children.
I am not in advertising, yet I have utilized psychological principles and methodologies in leading, influencing, and motivating the clients entrusted into my care in a long-term adolescent treatment facility for 10 years.
Beware! Be aware that this product, while convenient, is most likely twice if not three times the cost of other single use laundry detergents. High cost and danger, too; what a deal!
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