Why So Many Signs?

Inside the coach on the Manchester to Swansea train

As the title asks, why? It never fails to surprise me; the number of signs we need to guide us through our day. I mean, really, do we actually need them all? A sign above the hot water tap which states “Caution, very hot water” is really pretty well stating the obvious. Or is it me? I took the above picture on a recent rail journey and felt that all signage must mean something but it really doesn’t. Placing a picture of a wheel chair on a partition didn’t stop suitcases being stored there so why is it necessary? Why not allow people to use their own common sense? We already have to fight advertisements, illegal bill posters and graffiti artists for space so do we also have to put up with the politically correct who feel they need to cover our world with signs.

It’s all becoming rather sad and pointless. Unless a sign has something new to say then leave it alone; we can make up our own minds if the hot tap is likely to have hot water in it. Stop patronising us!!

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2 thoughts on “Why So Many Signs?

  1. Re: “A sign above the hot water tap which states “Caution, very hot water” is really pretty well stating the obvious.”
    McDonald’s, a few years ago, had to fight a suit in court when a woman was suing them because she spilled her coffee and got burned and there was no warning label.
    So, you see, sometime the “obvious” DOES need to be [re]stated!

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