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Home Depot

Derb: I happen to know a little bit about Home Depot–both my in-laws work there. Your speculation is 100% correct. Those aisles are shut down because of trial lawyers. There was a customer death a couple of years ago when something fell off a high shelf as it was being retrieved. The whole chain created a new policy of closing an aisle when they’re pulling something down from way up high. Also, Home Depots everywhere are getting a makeover–most noticeably, the orange shelves are turning beige and, less noticeably, the stocking is supposed to require fewer aisle closures. Just hope those trial lawyers don’t get a good look at your tree house.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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