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More on the pool lift

So, this throw away post featuring a pool lift I made while getting sunburned err tanned and sipping a Mai Tai generated more attention than I thought it would have. Which is to say, it got some. My initial impression was that it was a waste, government mandated, and it was put in a very inconvenient location at the main entry into the shallow end, where all the kids congregate to play. Some other observations:

  • I saw two kids hurt themselves on it by running or swimming into it.
  • While there, there were two wheel chair bound people. Both went into the pool and neither used the lift. Their family members helped them in.
  • After the comments here went on, I put on my intrepid reporters hat and asked the manager about it. Basically, she said the following:

  • They were told by “the government” to install it or they’d have to shut the pool down. She didn’t specify who in government.
  • It was expensive. She would not give me a number but finally conceded it was five figures.
  • In the months since its installation, it has been used exactly zero times.
  • So, there you have it.

    55 Responses to “More on the pool lift”

    1. HL Says:

      Guys, what did I start ****ing saying? Five thousand pools installed lifts in the last five years? No law required them to do so.

      If this is true, there is no need for the law.

      They did it as a business decision?

      It’s statements (questions?) like this that are causing us to “talk past one another.” Are you asking us if they did it as a business decision (because you used a question mark), or are you stating that they did it for that reason? Question marks only come after questions.

    2. HL Says:

      You gonna build the car you drive? You gonna raise the cow? Grow the wheat for the cookies? Go to Louisiana for the sugar, Niger for the chocolate? Iíll wait for you.

      What the fuck does this even mean?

      Are you trying to rehash the Elizabeth Warren sentiment regarding wealth?

      “You built a factory out there? Good for you,” she says. “But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.” –Elizabeth Warren

      I will take Ayn Rand over her “Cherokee” ass any day.

    3. Jake Says:

      Five thousand pools installed lifts in the last five years? No law required them to do so. They did it as a business decision?

      As HL said, “If this is true, there is no need for the law.” And if it is true, then what’s wrong with just letting the business owners who don’t install the lifts lose out on all the money you claim they would make by installing them?

      Why do you need the FedGov to force pool owners to install these lifts, if having them is so good for business?

    4. nk Says:

      Anticipatory fear. The law regulation is not in effect. No pool lift has yet been installed because .gov got a judgment. “Waah, mama, the big, bad government is trying to blow our pool down!”

    5. JFP Says:

      This reminds me of the seatbelt law arguments. In 10-20 years you’ll be required to put on a belt to engage the chair to lower you into the pool. The machine will beep at you until you do so once the motor is turned on.

      Click it or ticket!

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