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I stared at this for a good minute before I snapped a shot, then I asked the guy standing next to it about to start some kind of work on the wall "what does this even mean?" he replied "dont ask me, I just work here".
no shit.
15th Jun 2005, 19:40   | tags:,

Helen says:

Some kind of command?

15th Jun 2005, 19:45

alfie says:

thats how I read it too :)

15th Jun 2005, 19:51

daz says:

It has so much authority...

15th Jun 2005, 19:51

Joe says:

I reckon it's a reminder to the council operatives of what they are actually suposed to be doing.

15th Jun 2005, 19:52

Helen says:

Wetting paint?

15th Jun 2005, 19:56

alfie says:

what are you meant to wet the paint with is what I wonder.

15th Jun 2005, 19:57

daz says:

Paint thinner... But no sniffing that stuff!!

15th Jun 2005, 19:58

Joe says:

with more paint of course!

15th Jun 2005, 20:07

Helen says:


15th Jun 2005, 20:10

freshlegs says:

I saw a load of those signs on freshly-painted lamp posts on the way home this evening. Directly after the last one I saw, there was a van with the slogan "anti bill posting" or something on it.

So it seemed to me that it's some council initiative to clean public property of posted bills and repaint it.

15th Jun 2005, 21:07

alfie says:

we're in the same rough region I guess, so it could be a Norf London limited drive - that said, having these two statements on one board makes no sense at all.

15th Jun 2005, 21:22

bronxelf says:

Not that it matters but I'd parse that here as "Clean Streets" being the title of some kind of city initiative; a la a "Clean Streets" program of some kind, and then the Wet Paint warning to be just that.

So it would read out like "Wet Paint, courtesy of the Clean Streets program"

15th Jun 2005, 22:33

alfie says:

damn you bronxelf for shattering my illusions of meaningless English street signs ;)

16th Jun 2005, 07:49

teflon says:

but it still doesn't make any sense to people who don't know what the clean streets thing is.

freshlegs: round here, they paint lampposts and electricity junction boxes with a sort of roughcast paint that's hard to paste things to.
So people just staple posters to railings.

16th Jun 2005, 09:55

Euphro says:

Could be a statement about the effect that clean streets have on paint, but I think that B'elf's explanation makes the most sense :)

17th Jun 2005, 10:11

freshlegs says:

teflon: the lamp posts I saw with these signs on them had a fresh coat of roughcast paint. that'll be it.

18th Jun 2005, 14:21

bronxelf says:

I know, there I go, being logical and making sense *again*....

I ruin everything.

Teflon- but *I* didn't know what it was, and it made sense. I mean...I spose I just had the same thought process as the sign designer, though had I done it I'd probably have been more obvious about it.

18th Jun 2005, 14:25