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On October 13 1944 the Durham “Sun” reported that a Durhamite had been brought before a Judge Wilson in a traffic court for having parked his car in front of a sign that read ”NO STOPING”.
Rather than pleading guilty, the defendant argued that the missing letter in the sign meant he had not violated the letter of the law. Brandishing a Webster’s dictionary, he noted that STOPING means extracting ore from a stope, or, loosely, underground”.
“Your Honor,” said the man, “I am a law abiding citizen, and I didn’t extract any ore from the area of the sign. I move that the case be dismissed.” Acknowledging that the defendant hadn’t done any illegal mining, the judge declared the man not guilty and commented, “ Since this is Friday the 13th., anything can happen, so I’ll turn you loose”.
“NO STOPING” is a blunderful example of some of the suspect signs that dot the British and American landscapes. Here are some signs that need to be resigned:
At restaurant-gas stations throughout the U.S.. ‘Eat here and get gas’.
At a Santa Fe gas station: ‘ We will sell gasoline to anyone in a glass container’.
In a Manchester jewelry store: ‘Ears pierced while you wait’.
In a Liverpool restaurant: ‘Customers who consider our waitresses uncivil ought to see the manager’.
In a Chester cafe: ‘The early bird gets the worm! Special shoppers lunch before 11a.m’.
On a supermarket wall: ‘Our best is none too good’.
On a local convent estate wall. ‘Trespassers will be prosecuted. Signed..The Sisters of Mercy’.
On a long established Widnes dry cleaners: ‘38 years on the same spot’.
On a Birkenhead Night Club: ‘Good clean dancing every night except Sunday’.
On a Warrington cinema. ‘Children’s matinee today: Adults not admitted unless with child …….’
(think about it dummy!
In a Liverpool maternity ward: ‘No children allowed”.
Stan G4ITM - August 1992.
Re-published from the Vital Spark, the clubs monthly magazine.
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