Whether it is your contract of employment or a contract of service, the document can seem like a lengthy and extremely dry piece. But it is an important document which should be read, absorbed and questions asked if need be.
What reminded me of this was reading a recent article about the infamous Van Halen World Tour rider list. In 1982 Eddie and the band made a request for, amongst other items, "M&M's (WARNING: ABSOLUTELY NO BROWN ONES). The reason why this was included was to make sure that contracts were read and requests adhered to. When going into their dressing rooms, if the brown sweeties were there, then this brought doubt as to whether those involved in putting the tour together had actually paid attention to other things such as lighting, staging etc etc. It was there to catch people out.
The moral of the story is that you should always read your legally binding documents, they are documents you sign after all, as you may be caught out.
- Katharine Liu