RE: questioning signage & instructions

Subject: RE: questioning signage & instructions
From: Kevin McLauchlan <kmclauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "'Cardimon, Craig'" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>, Susan Hogarth <hogarth -at- gmail -dot- com>, Techwr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2007 08:11:02 -0400

On Friday, Cardimon, Craig asked (about signs with poor grammar):

> When I was much younger, I used to point things like that out. Believe
> it or not, if I questioned an instruction like that, I was called a
> smart-mouth or I was told not to mouth-off. And then my mom or dad would
> say, "You know exactly what that sign means. Now do as you're told!" Any
> else here taught to simply obey instructions, even when printed badly?

I like to think that there's a case to be made for following the ... ahem...
letter of the sign.

After all, it seems only reasonable to suggest that the author _must_ have
intended to highlight a NON-obvious situation or requirement, otherwise, why
go to the trouble of making a sign?

Others are advised to arrive at their own decisions on such matters because

Kevin (who doesn't play one on TV either)

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