I don't mean this as a defense, but I think we can speculate on how this sign came about. Based on the layout and colors, I imagine that the quotes were originally written with the intent that it would be a blank to be filled in. Next was added the service time (which appears from the smudge to have been a single digit). This was subsequently increased to ten. The dash is there to separate the part likely to change (the number of days) from the part unlikely to change (the unit).
My goodness, that's some fancy detective work you've done, Erik!I enjoy the reckless abandon and true apathy with regard to public opinion that whoever wrote that sign used. Clearly this person values not his or her job, and clearly this person does not care whether anyone understands what the sign says. Love it.
Oh, this is a classic!
Ever since newspaper class in high school, I've always been a fan of sarcastic white space.
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