Normative Signs: The Poetry of "Ought"

In which the author finds beauty in how people tell other people what to do.

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No_EntryI love this one, for some reason. It’s on an otherwise inviting door in a university hallway.

Simple. Succinct. Mysterious. What’s not to love?

Paid Parking But Unless Except

complex_parkingThis is at a grocery store near my house. It directs people to pay for parking. And it notes that parking is for shoppers. But what’s less clear is that parking is free if you’re shopping. So I regularly see people standing staring at the sign, trying to interpret what it means, whether it applies to them, etc.