Does common sense require a warning?

Common Sense Warning Signs along Hoboken waterfront

Not sure you’ve noticed this – but along the Hoboken waterfront are “Warning” signs about the “dangerous currents” from the Hudson River. And along with the big bold WARNING letters are cute symbols saying “No Diving,” “No Swimming,” and “No Sitting.”

Warning dangerous currents sign along Hoboken NJ waterfront is it necessary

Don’t be an idiot is more like it

Anyone with common sense does not need to be reminded of this (probably at the recommendation from the cavalry of attorneys at city hall…)

These were obviously put in place due to the suicide of Andrew Jarzyk this past spring (and how the city got shamed for not having operational video cameras).

However, in the end – these signs will never stop a suicidal person from jumping in and offing themselves. So not sure why they need to ruin the great skyline view with more wasteful visual clutter. Up next? Probably graffiti vandalism on the signs.

Dangerous Currents Warning Hoboken NJ

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9 Comments on "Does common sense require a warning?"


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animal_lover
1 year 8 days ago

Let me interpret the sign. We cut our police force, we don’t have any park attendants either so we are putting you on notice that you enjoy our walkway at your own risk. Of course this won’t hold water in the court of law but hey, we are balancing our budget – so what if a few lives are lost. You want safety? You have many conveniently located choices. Go to Weehawken where there are park attendants or our County parks where there are attendants also. If you really must be local, try to sneak onto Steven campus where there are Steven’s police.

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HansBrix
1 year 7 days ago

Sounds like protection from greedy lawyers who encourage the irresponsible to pursue lawsuit lotteries.

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animal_lover
1 year 7 days ago

Actually a town does have responsibilities and know a coworker whose mother died in a drowning because the town hung out the welcome banner (figuratively) and then provided no protection services. So if the City holds an event like say a concert or play at the water but provides no attendants there is a risk the City assumes.

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animal_lover
1 year 7 days ago

So assumption of the risk necessarily precedes ant attorney involvement.

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PeterK
1 year 7 days ago

This city does enjoy some good signage. I wish they put some Respect Our Neighbors signs with some fun graphic in front of the off Washington St. bars. Then again most of the police force drink at these spots and don’t do anything when they are called for a noise complaint.