Workplace signs are among the funniest I’ve seen. They almost never mean to cause confusion, but when they do, the result makes my day. Or makes me weep for humanity. Or both.
This one is courtesy of my sister, who saw it in a Denver area women’s restroom.
Wash my hands? Or their own hands? The choice of possessive pronoun isn’t exactly clearing things up here.
All employees must wash my hands before returning to work? All of them? At the same time? And before who returns to work? They’re on duty, but I’ve got today and tomorrow off. And shouldn’t they be washing their own hands instead? Thanks, uh, but I just came in here to pee…
Oh, come on. You know what they meant. Sure, after my sister sent me the photo, and after I recovered from my giggles long enough to post said photo on my blog.
Whatever you write for public consumption needs to make sense the first time—whether it’s on your Facebook wall or the wall of a gas station ladies’ room. Take that extra ten seconds and read it aloud before you post or print.
And while you’re at it, avoid bold Times New Roman with justified margins. That funky spacing in the second line? Oh, my.