What I don’t like Monday: the fine print

Want to sign up for a website? Want to use a promotion when buying an item? Want to get a credit card/bank account? Want to do anything? Great! Just agree to these terms and conditions and you’ll be on your way to happiness!

It is everywhere. The links to the huge page full of semi-legal words and potentially lengthy and confusing statements. The tiny text at the bottom of the page. The fine print.

Who reads all of the fine print? I’d like to know a person who actually reads and thoroughly understands every piece of fine print that falls before him. In the past, I rarely, if ever, read the terms and conditions. I checked the box and went on my merry way. I assumed I knew what the print said. “Don’t sue us, we own all your info, etc, etc.”

But recently I feel like I should read the fine print because who knows what it really says. It’s important to be aware of what I’m getting myself into. And if that means taking 20 minutes out of my day to read something then I’ll do it if it’s that important to me.

I know fine print stinks. It really does. It seems tricky and misleading sometimes. But because of that, you should totally read it!

I wish fine print would go disappear. I wish it would crawl away and shrivel up and turn to sand. However, I don’t think that’s going to happen anytime soon.

So all I say is, “Fine print, you aren’t very fun and I’m only dealing with you for my own good. Harumph.”

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