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Why do we have to be told?

By Linda Caffee
Posted Sep 22nd 2017 6:38AM

My mind is boggled by the many signs we see or what to me should be common sense.  For instance, why do we have handicap parking?  If we have two good legs or even one good leg and a great fake leg don’t park in front of the doors so people that do not have our abilities can get into a store.  If you work at a store why in the world would you park front and center so that the store patrons have to walk even further to patronize your store?

Why do we need to be told to turn down our phone that is playing a song, watching a movie, or watching a sports event in a public place?  Use a damn head set in public.  This sign really cracked me up today to watch for snakes and alligators and don’t feed the wildlife.  That really seems like a duh sign to me who feeds snakes and alligators, but then who decides to pet bears and bison in wildlife refuges and have their picture taken.

Use windshield wipers/lights when raining.  Really?  We need to be told to do this so we, key word we can see better and others can see us.  Trains have right of way…  You think?  Employees must wash hands before leaving bathroom…  Anyone that needs to be told to wash hands after using restroom needs to go back to school or have their ears cleaned out as I am sure their mom and dad told them the same thing.  

How about the buzzer when we take off our seatbelt?  We know we took off our seatbelt without the buzzer telling us this.  There are signs in rest areas “set brakes before exiting truck” and I know that someone must have not set breaks and that is why the sign is in place.  If we have to be told to set our breaks before exiting cab are we in a profession where we belong?

There are many signs I appreciate such as “Wrong Way” or curves ahead.  At night and if it is raining these signs are helpful to know we need to adjust or speed or realize we are going to get onto a road going the wrong way. 

One sign I see less and less of is signs welcoming us to a town.  There are many many cool signs out there welcoming travelers to their town and I hate to see them going away. To many times, I am not sure what town I am in until I look at our GPS.

When drivers use their flashers to indicate they are backing or are preparing to back in a truck stop is sure appreciated when I am out walking or when I am following a truck into a truck stop. Using turn signals is another sign that is appreciated as we then know a vehicles intention. 

When do signs or actions go from being helpful to highlighting how ignorant we are? What kind of funny signs have you seen that make you think “HUH?”

Bob & Linda Caffee


Saint Louis MO

Expediters since January 2005


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