Funny Signs Round 3

Can Signwriters Seriously be This Stupid?

These days, it seems like more and more people are in so much of a hurry to place various signs in stores and all over town that they forget to think before they write. This becomes painfully obvious when we see examples of signs such as those that have been spotted below.There is nothing like spotting a little humorous signage - or signage that is so poorly worded that it becomes humorous - to make your day.

Once again, you will notice that a few choice samples have been collected by none other than yours truly and I've decided to share them with you.You may find that some of the errors are so ridiculous that your first thoughts would run along the lines of wondering who on earth would have allowed something like that to be let loose in public - never mind be written for all to see.

In the vast majority of cases, what makes these signs even funnier than ever is the fact that no one else noticed their errors until they were pointed out. Even so, when the errors were brought to the attention of those responsible for the blunders, their responses ranged from 'so what' to oh, I suppose we'll have to get someone to change that.' However, in most cases, I would return to the stores in question a few weeks later, only to find that the satirical signage was still gracing the store shelves.

In situations like this, it takes a heck of a lot more than just sheer willpower to not approach the incorrect signage and correct it with a Sharpie. However, when no one bothers to correct the signage in question, I can be assured of having a good giggle at the expense of the store each time I do my shopping there...

Here's Your Sign

Have you ever noticed unusual or misspelled signs while out shopping or trawling the mall?

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Rent-a-burglar anyone? Just one example of a direct translation not meaning what it was intended to mean...
Rent-a-burglar anyone? Just one example of a direct translation not meaning what it was intended to mean... | Source
Definitely nothing for nothing from this branch of Builders Warehouse...
Definitely nothing for nothing from this branch of Builders Warehouse... | Source
Well, up your stock too, mate... Methinks they might have been trying to say 'up TO R150.00' discount on their sale items...
Well, up your stock too, mate... Methinks they might have been trying to say 'up TO R150.00' discount on their sale items... | Source
Ok ok Pick n Pay Tygervalley, we get the picture...
Ok ok Pick n Pay Tygervalley, we get the picture... | Source
One wonders what Barney is hiding behind that soccerball...darn pervert (and he still has the nerve to say 'let's play)!!
One wonders what Barney is hiding behind that soccerball...darn pervert (and he still has the nerve to say 'let's play)!! | Source
And here we thought child slavery was illegal...
And here we thought child slavery was illegal... | Source
And we're supposed to walk where???
And we're supposed to walk where??? | Source
What did the poor cheetah do to deserve being mounted by the gorilla?
What did the poor cheetah do to deserve being mounted by the gorilla? | Source

Look High and Low

Although you may not see any funny signs the first time you start to look for them while you're out shopping, they will eventually begin to jump out and clutch you by the leg. You will eventually find that you won't be able to go anywhere without encountering at least one or two instances of satirical signage on your route.

It is important to remember that no store, restaurant or public venue is immune to the rigours of signage slip-ups. This is why you should always have some way of recording them, whether you prefer to use your Smart Phone or a traditional digital still camera.

You may also encounter rude store staff along the way while snapping your photos. However, in cases like this, I feel that if the store is too ignorant to ensure that their signage is grammatically correct, then they should be willing to bear the brunt of being labelled as the laughingstock of the neighbourhood.

In many cases, you will notice that one or two particular chain store groups suffer from the habit of being too pig-headed to correct their incorrect signage. These are usually also the ones who have more satirical signage than any other store around. Keeping a beady eagle eye open while in these stores will usually net a large variety of blunders and bloopers, especially when handwritten signs are used in cases of emergency.

The next time you head out to the shops or mall in general, take a few extra moments to truly inspect the signage around you. You will usually be humorously surprised and in some instances, even be reduced to fits of giggles while standing in the checkout line. Either way, you need never encounter a boring shopping trip ever again.




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Shona Venter 2 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks FlourishAnyway. It's just amazing to see how people print before they think when it comes to signage :-)


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Some of these had me wondering what these people were thinking. Do not walk on floor? Children for sale. Loved the gorilla.


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Shona Venter 3 years ago from South Africa Author

Absolutely, CrisSp. It's simply mind-boggling to see how few people think before making signage...


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CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Lol! That's crazy. I like the "Look children still for sale" and that's a big sign up there too. Holly!

Thanks for the laugh!


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Shona Venter 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Thanks aviannovice. It's amazing though to see the signage that is around today. People definitely don't think before putting them up :-D


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Excellent material! These are really amazing, and"do not walk on floor" is the best one!


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Shona Venter 4 years ago from South Africa Author

Absolute pleasure, Penny W. Have a great weekend :-)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

A nice laugh for the night before bedtime. Thanks! Voted funny.


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rlaha 4 years ago from Spartanburg, SC

Haha! These made my day! Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to seeing more funnies!

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