Hello again iiwiiers
So, the good old British public is being urged to report dodgy signs so they can be sorted out. But not really. In one place. And then maybe some other ones. But generally, they don't want to know at the moment. And even then, I think they're missing the point. It looks to me like they are only interested in certain signs. Like big road signs saying 'this way for free cake' that lead cars off a cliff and spell cake wrong. I don't think they're interested in really bad signs that infest our society, like signs that say 'this door is to be kept closed at all times', a signage which is known to cause three thousand deaths by brain haemorrhage each year in the UK alone. But there must be proper checks and balances, and safeguards, to ensure that no correct signage is witchhunted out of polite society at the taxpayers' expense by councils appeasing reactionary mobs who haven't thought things through.
Take, for instance, the signage that one often sees outside a garage in a busy town centre. Don't park here! it says. This garage is in constant use! But you've never seen the door open, never seen any sign of life. Constant use, what rot, you think. But you're wrong. How is a garage 'used'? By things going in and out and in and out and never stopping? No. A garage can go years with nothing going in and nothing going out, and be in constant use. A person may keep a car in there, and just leave it there. His garage is in constant use. Another may have his garage completely empty. His garage is also in constant use. He uses it as a place he can put his car if he wants. And that's just cars. People keep other things in garages too. Or have the garage as a place they could put them if they wanted.
No, what throws people is that, by design, the unclear wording insinuates that things are constantly going in and out of the garage, and that if the reader parks there they will cause untold chaos. But I think that's not the garage owner's problem. Even though he's trying to mislead you, you're not responsible to infer meaning from what is insinuated by a sign, and it's not his fault if you do. It is only your duty to obey what the sign actually says. Never mind the constant use, it's irrelevant. It comes down to authority. Is Don't park here! a request or a command? Are you entitled to park there or not? Even if you are, you may choose to be courteous and park elsewhere, even though the actual meaning of the sign is Don't park here! In theory, in principle more like, someone could need to open that garage door while you're parked here, and they'd be unable to, although probably no-one will need in and it won't be an issue. It's your call. So, don't be tricked by the sign, but don't be cross with the sign either. It's well within its rights.
that's all from me for now
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