The signs of NPR

There are some odd signs posted at my workplace. For example:

Yes, in fact, the emergency telephone is for emergency use only. Otherwise, of course, it’s not an emergency telephone. In similar vein:

The sign makes it clear that the fire-extinguisher-looking thing is, in fact, a fire extinguisher.

I really like this one:

Sorry for the crappy cell phone photos, and you may not be able to read the danger sign OVER the danger sign here. It says: “DANGER: Gain control of elevator before entering pit.” I say: If you enter an elevator pit without stopping the elevator first, perhaps nature should be allowed to claim a forfeit.

Why are these signs necessary at my workplace? Perhaps this explains it:

Yes, that car is backed up against a sign that says: “Front-in parking ONLY. Low pipes. DO NOT back-in.”

But some signs are more whimsical than others. On my first day of work, I parked in the garage, walked up to the elevator bank and saw this sign — which was a ‘sign’ in more ways than one:


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  1. We have a hand-written signee in our office – first she hung a “don’t smoke” manifesto in the building stairwell, and now a polite message directed to a green gum chewer stating her shoes will be thankful if he/she doesn’t toss the chewed remains in the parking lot (being a green gum chewer, I was a little irked that I was tricked into reading this one). Hand written signs don’t seem quite as fun as the ones that somebody bothers to print or engrave, but I have a suspicion that her path in life will lead to a greater sign-creation purpose, much like that Season 1 Simpson’s episode.

    I worked at a semi-large Gov’t contractor a few years ago that had a consistent mission to ensure, when driving into our garage, we all held a motionless vigil by the doors until they shut automatically to protect us from terrorists and whatnot. One coworker was actually confronted by the CEO of the company who observed her not waiting for the doors to shut. Perhaps, in that instance, a sign would have allowed the executives of our company to focus on more important things (although the company was ultimately sold for 3 times over its IPO, so maybe there is something to the garage door diligence).

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