Signs of the Times — Please and thank you kindly, Pain-In-The-Butt People!

 ©Stephanie Glaser 2013

©Stephanie Glaser 2013

So many signs are straightforward, indifferent and lack personality. The following messages are actually quite polite and even include script writing or a fancy insignia (above at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas). However, there’s just a slight edge in the voice that borders on sarcasm — a sort of yes, we must be polite to you imbeciles. Or I could just be reading way too much into these signs. It’s entirely possible since I just spent the last ten years teaching high school literature.

© Stephanie Glaser 2013

© Stephanie Glaser 2013

East Bentleigh, Victoria, Australia. I can just hear what the sign maker of this Coles store really wants to write with this one: okay, hooligans, no joyriding, no racing or using as a moving van.

© Suzanne Miller

© Suzanne Miller

Hailey, Idaho. This message is pretty clear and I love how’s it’s written in somewhat of a whimsical font with pretty colors and stars.

New York New York ordinance

© Stephanie Glaser

© Stephanie Glaser

© Stephanie Glaser

Las Vegas, USA. This sign seems almost defiant like:

Hey, tree huggers, if you’re going to bitch about our fountain, take a look at our wilted flowers — suck it up, because we did with the friggin’ water regulations in this town that uses at least 6,000 megawatts of electricity on a nightly basis!!  (I may be extrapolating and stereotyping a bit on this one.)

Yangon, Myanmar

It seems difficult and uncharitable to be jaded and cynical about the signage of Myanmar. The country is still trying to recover from being under a brutal military regime for decades.  However, the nation formerly know as Burma has embraced tourism. So despite the awkward wording on these signs, you can’t help but think of them as endearing and sincere.

© Sue Browne

© Sue Browne

© Sue Browne

© Sue Browne

© Sue Browne 2013

© Sue Browne 201

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7 thoughts on “Signs of the Times — Please and thank you kindly, Pain-In-The-Butt People!

    • I know, Megan, it’s very sweet — it comes across as definite concern. I’ve heard nothing but great things about Myanmar and how welcoming the people are. Thanks for checking the post out!

  1. One of my favorites, and a real attention-getter, was in front of an antique store near our home. The large, roadside sandwich board sign said: “Dead People’s Things For Sale.” ~James

    • That’s a definite attention-getter, James! I have “Signspotting” — a collection of funny signs put together by Lonely Planet and it may be that very sign you’ve mentioned or one like it that’s included in the book. There’s also the “Ronald McDonald Funeral Home.” I think I’d find another name for my mortuary. Thanks for the comment! Cheers.

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