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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.