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Title: Portland Street Signs
Post by: FOSTER on January 29, 2013, 07:52:54 PM
given the concerns about colon health, the Portland traffic department has come up with this very important public health message


http://www.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2013/01/07/someone-is-changing-portland-stop-signs-to-poop
Title: Re: Portland Street Signs
Post by: Dragonflymom on January 29, 2013, 07:54:27 PM
*LOL*  Gotta love Portland :)
Title: Re: Portland Street Signs
Post by: MaggieB on January 29, 2013, 09:42:43 PM
I drove by one of these the other day in Portland, but I didn't realize it was a "thing." 
Title: Re: Portland Street Signs
Post by: Winterlight on January 30, 2013, 09:00:59 AM
Hilarious!
Title: Re: Portland Street Signs
Post by: Twik on January 30, 2013, 09:12:51 AM
Actually, I don't find vandalism of public property, particularly messing with safety signs, terribly witty.
Title: Re: Portland Street Signs
Post by: Crazy Chicken Lady on January 30, 2013, 09:24:06 AM
I think it's funny.
Title: Re: Portland Street Signs
Post by: JenJay on January 30, 2013, 10:24:22 AM
Makes me homesick. lol
Title: Re: Portland Street Signs
Post by: zoidberg on January 30, 2013, 12:38:45 PM
Actually, I don't find vandalism of public property, particularly messing with safety signs, terribly witty.

I doubt that the alteration diminishes the safety function of the road sign. It's not the same as removing stop signs.
Title: Re: Portland Street Signs
Post by: FOSTER on January 30, 2013, 12:41:40 PM
I guess it's a regional thing - Portland is very ... Portland....
Title: Re: Portland Street Signs
Post by: SiotehCat on January 30, 2013, 12:44:01 PM
Actually, I don't find vandalism of public property, particularly messing with safety signs, terribly witty.

I agree.
Title: Re: Portland Street Signs
Post by: Yvaine on January 30, 2013, 01:03:38 PM
Actually, I don't find vandalism of public property, particularly messing with safety signs, terribly witty.

I doubt that the alteration diminishes the safety function of the road sign. It's not the same as removing stop signs.

Yeah, that color and shape is known to anyone. Heck, most of the world uses the same red octagonal sign to mean Stop now, and I think most of us could identify a stop sign even if it were not in a language we spoke.
Title: Re: Portland Street Signs
Post by: Two Ravens on January 30, 2013, 01:38:00 PM
Is Portland trying to challenge Austin as "America's Weirdest City"? Or is it already there?
Title: Re: Portland Street Signs
Post by: jaxsue on January 30, 2013, 01:38:15 PM
I think it's funny. And traffic signs don't need words to be understood. Every time I've taken DMV tests I've had to identify signs by their shape only.
It's not the same as someone stealing a stop sign, which is a very bad thing.
Title: Re: Portland Street Signs
Post by: jaxsue on January 30, 2013, 01:40:43 PM
I guess it's a regional thing - Portland is very ... Portland....

I like "Portlandia."  :)
Title: Re: Portland Street Signs
Post by: Twik on January 30, 2013, 01:44:39 PM
It's still vandalism. And while I doubt the alteration will cause accidents, I would hate to see someone try to up the ante - "Oh, it would be REALLY funny if I STOLE THE ENTIRE SIGN!"

I am intrigued, however, that this person has apparently had professionally-made stickers (or so they appear) created in order to perform his alterations.
Title: Re: Portland Street Signs
Post by: gorplady on January 30, 2013, 01:47:36 PM
It's still vandalism. And while I doubt the alteration will cause accidents, I would hate to see someone try to up the ante - "Oh, it would be REALLY funny if I STOLE THE ENTIRE SIGN!"

That happens, regardless of if the sign was altered or not.
Title: Re: Portland Street Signs
Post by: Twik on January 30, 2013, 01:52:31 PM
It's still vandalism. And while I doubt the alteration will cause accidents, I would hate to see someone try to up the ante - "Oh, it would be REALLY funny if I STOLE THE ENTIRE SIGN!"

That happens, regardless of if the sign was altered or not.

Yes, which is why I dislike seeing any tampering with safety signs being given a free pass.

Plus, the taxpayers are going to foot a bill for someone from public works to go around and peel off all those stickers.

As funny as you might think it is, is it worth giving a pass to vandalizing public property?
Title: Re: Portland Street Signs
Post by: Van down by the river on January 30, 2013, 02:12:53 PM
Yes. I think it's hilarious. I might have texted the link to my brothers and a cousin. Look at it this way, it might be creating a new job for someone that was out if work! ;D
What would his job title be I wonder?
Title: Re: Portland Street Signs
Post by: JenJay on January 30, 2013, 02:17:29 PM
Yes. I think it's hilarious. I might have texted the link to my brothers and a cousin. Look at it this way, it might be creating a new job for someone that was out if work! ;D
What would his job title be I wonder?

Pooper Scooper Scraper   ;D
Title: Re: Portland Street Signs
Post by: gorplady on January 30, 2013, 03:26:04 PM
It's still vandalism. And while I doubt the alteration will cause accidents, I would hate to see someone try to up the ante - "Oh, it would be REALLY funny if I STOLE THE ENTIRE SIGN!"

That happens, regardless of if the sign was altered or not.

Yes, which is why I dislike seeing any tampering with safety signs being given a free pass.

Plus, the taxpayers are going to foot a bill for someone from public works to go around and peel off all those stickers.

As funny as you might think it is, is it worth giving a pass to vandalizing public property?

While I don't generally advocate breaking the law, I don't think a judge is going to throw the book at someone for this. They may fine them, but I don't think they're going to do hard time.
Title: Re: Portland Street Signs
Post by: Minmom3 on January 30, 2013, 10:53:31 PM
Actually, I don't find vandalism of public property, particularly messing with safety signs, terribly witty.

I agree.

Well, I agree and disagree.  The alterations look like a cling on, which means they will most likely come right off at some point.  PLUS, you still know it's a stop sign, it's like a stop sign pun.  You KNOW you're supposed to stop, and scofflaws aren't any more likely to fail to stop because it says poop instead of stop, than they are to run it in the first place.  I think it's amusing and harmless - in THIS instance.  Here, I don't think it's vandalism.  And it makes people laugh and talk about it, and raising awareness of colon cancer isn't a bad thing...  Real vandalism, where damage is permanent and will cost somebody money to return to 'normal' is different than I think this particular case is.
Title: Re: Portland Street Signs
Post by: delabela on January 30, 2013, 11:12:39 PM
Perhaps I'm juvenile, but it would make me laugh if I drove by (it does make a difference to me that it doesn't change the efficacy of the sign).
Title: Re: Portland Street Signs
Post by: demarco on January 31, 2013, 01:34:01 PM
I don't think the sign is all that funny and I think that someone, eventually is going to be confused by it.  It 's not worth it.