Friday, February 08, 2008

if you insist on being called a "parent"


Eric in WA sent me this one. It's like someone wrote this especially for the "blog". I can't think of any other explanation. And what's the deal with the (SAFETY)?

47 comments:

Michael Grant Smith said...

I loves to watches the little childrens as they plays in the parks.

Anonymous said...

Whoa. This one is a killer. Scary too.

Anonymous said...

MY EYES! MY EYES!!!!

Knit Mongrel said...

Now that I've finished twitching I just want to say that my favorite part is at the bottom where it seems to say "The Management, Thank you."

Yes, take a bow. Indeed.

l'hypocondriaque said...

Unreal.

TheJay said...

I like "Unattended" "In Shopping Carts." They don't even have quotation mark continuity!

Jeff said...

This looks like the Zagat survey for every time I see kids in public. Seriously, what happened to parenting?!

Not quite the Bradys said...

It's too bad they put all those other QMs in there because just leaving it at "PARENTS" would have been a wonderful slam on peole who don't rein in their kids.

Adamity_Bomb_Bomb said...

Good. Lord!

"Amazing," sometimes.

Jacqui said...

This is honestly incredible. Good find.

klm said...

Ow! Ow! Ow!

john said...

Wow, it's frankly hard for me to believe that this wasn't written especially for the blog. If not... wow.

makuahine said...

Okay. This is absolutely one of the worst offenders... ah!

mitchell said...

Hall of fame!

bethany said...

good call, mitchell. Done.

Ashley Sumners said...

I was just about to say Hall of Fame too. Good grief. I don't understand (SAFETY) either! I was just trying to read this to my mom over the phone with the quotation marks. I don't think she understood at all.

tacomachickadee said...

I love this site.

Jon B. said...

I believe the "Unattended" "In Shopping Carts" is due to the rule that says you can't have an open quotation extend to the next line.

You know... that rule I just made up?

Kristy said...

Holy schmoly. Niiiiice.

Jarrard said...

this almost seems too good to be true. great find.

Emily said...

This one takes the cake. Hall of fame!

Victoria said...

The lamination is a nice touch.

FlagFreak said...

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Aariq said...

Oh man, that's gotta be photoshopped. Hilarious.

Amanda said...

This looks the greeting cards I get from my mother.

David SB said...

(SAFETY) -- Parentheses must be the new quotation marks. Combine them will allcaps and you've got a tasty cocktail of incoherent punctuation.

Anonymous said...

I want to see the spanish version below this one...

Germ said...

Ouch!

samkay64 said...

This is the most incredible sign I've ever seen.

Jason said...

OK, I have to find this place. I just have to. Is telling us ("ME") the location of this against the rules?

bethany said...

I think I found the correct email, and if I did it was taken at the St. Vincent Center in Ellensburg, Washington.

Jason said...

That's only a hundred miles away, and I've got a three day weekend!! Road trip!!

gc said...

I am happy to confirm that it is at St. Vincents thrift store, for real. Saw it in Ellensburg this weekend. It's worth the roadtrip!

Anonymous said...

SAFETY - Probably a common acronym regarding parenting in WA. I think it means Stupid, Abhorrant Freakshow, Enigma of Trash and Yearning. Or "whatever".

Oscar said...

not quite the bradys I agree if the only QM was "PARENTS" it would have been a hilarious slander on "parents" that don't pay attention to "their" (KIDS)!

laura said...

The whole thing is a roller coaster of wonder...and then it leaves me hanging with the final "Thank You," - thank you, what? what??? arrrrgh. I may not be able to sleep after this one.

bailes said...

I too would love to see the Spanish version under it!
I also like the random capitalization. It would make more sense if everything was capitalized except the articles. For example: "Do not let them Run." Just because not, let, and them are short words, does not mean they are lesser words and don't deserve capitalization.
And I bet some people that work there are upset that they concluded with "Management, Thank you" because I know, that there must have been at least one person in the management that realized how many mistakes there were.
And shouldn't "Childrens" be "Children's."
I was unaware that we can now make an already plural word even more plural.
But as much as it irks me, this sign does make me giddy.

Bronn said...

I have it. This is obviously the result of a Mad Libs. The quotes are actually quotes from random people in Management shouting out parts of speech. They were so pleased with how it came out that they posted it where everyone could see.

(SAFETY) is the result of missing one of the blanks, and filling it in after the fact. In all caps, for some reason.

Samuel Rowe said...

so many mistakes. so little time.


It's like they have purposely made as many different grammatical mistakes as possible, to teach us a 'lesson' on 'grammar'.

Alex said...

This actually cracked me a new one.

Tracy said...

I think "childrens" IS the extra plural version of "children." It is proper to use when the "childrens" are being really (BAD)because in that case,there seems like there are more of them than there really are.
It's a (perception) "issue."

Anonymous said...

Oh, my sides! **BOOKMARKED**

Omgquoteslol said...

(SAFETY)
Do not let them...
=
(WORD)
Definition.


I think...
Anyway, epic text !
Looks like the headquarters of unnecessary QMs !
"Thanx"!

Jillian said...

I would like to see if the same rules for quotation marks apply to the version en español just below it.

The Beautiful Kind said...

Hey, some days I do feel like a "parent."

royale6 said...

Can you imagine the proprietor seeing all the people and saying thanks for coming. And then someone explaining "We're just here to see the sign".

Kaye Mager said...

It only makes sense if you read it in Shatner Mode.