The disclaimers that hotels, laundry mats, amusement parks, etc post that they are not responsible for any injuires that occur on their premises rarely have any legal validity. Safe facilities are the burden of those providing the service and if there are any dangerous elements in said facilities, then the proprietor can still have his pants sued off.
I was reminded of this when different type of disclaimer appeared in a Southeastern NM newspaper. Historian Janice Dunnahoo wrote a fascinating, fairly well researched piece about Spanish Conquistadors possibly burying gold treasure in the region of the Bitter Lake migrating bird refuge. Her personal speculation, being related to some “relatives in the know”, is that a lottery magnitude store of gold is in the Lost River cave which is accessible off of the Old Clovis Highway. The Pecos River region was previously reported to be where the valuable booty(Not referencing JLO’s Lloyds of London insured Caboose) was hidden.
The concern I have, with the Roswell Historian’s claim based on legendary, unnamed, and unknown sources, is her “clean my hands of this” disclaimer. Disclaimer: Not responsible for any accidents, injuries, or otherwise, of persons searching for gold as a result of this article.
OK, we all know articles that drive up newspaper circulation numbers are the goal of any reporter. No Problem. However, Janice has to know her article will drive a lot of the Alien City Riff Raff out to the Bitter Lake Park Area diminishing the tourist experience and significantly elevating the chances of mishaps and injuries in this town that has a high percentage of addicts exercising very poor judgement. Sure hope there were no hidden motives to increase the number of visitors to the National Wildlife Refuge.