Truth is stranger than fiction. One of my favourite news snippets this year has to be the April Fools joke played by computer games sellers Gamestation. They altered the wording of their terms and conditions for the day so that, in the small print, they claimed the legal ownership of their customers’ souls. It’s worth repeating the full text:
“By placing an order via this website on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Gamestation a non-transferable option to claim, for now and evermore, your immortal soul. If you do not wish to grant us this right, click on the link below to nullify this particular clause.”
Incredibly 7500 people made a purchase that day but no one clicked on that link. In fact had they done so, they would have received a discount. It also reflects an earlier finding by PC Pitstop — their small print contained a financial reward to anyone sending their details to a particular e-mail address – it took more than 4 months and 3000 purchases for anyone to notice it and claim the reward.
What can you learn from this?
Apart from the fact that apparently Mephistopheles (a Faustian devil for those of you lacking a classical education) is actually a seller of computer games rather than a lawyer (as previously thought), it does show the importance of getting your terms and conditions right – and in checking any terms and conditions you sign up to.
Fr advice on how to draft, or tighten, your existing terms and conditions – and on how to save your soul – contact our employment solicitors on 01722 422300