Tuesday 12 December 2017

'No eye contact. Penalty £200' - spoof signs spring up on trains

Photo courtesy of Stickers on the Central Line
Photo courtesy of Stickers on the Central Line
Photo courtesy of Stickers on the Central Line
Photo courtesy of Stickers on the Central Line

PRANKSTERS have relieved the boredom of the daily commute with a series of humorous warnings and messages to public transport users.

At a glance, they resemble any other of the signs and notices regularly ignored by passengers on London public transport.

But anyone paying attention will have noticed that the outbreak of guerrilla signage that has sprung up on Tubes and trains carries some unexpected messages.

A sign executed in the same style as those issuing warnings and orders to millions of commuters every day reads: “We apologise that all apologies for the chronic overcrowding on this train are shallow and meaningless.”

Another sign advises train passengers: “For a more efficient service, please alight at the next stop where a team of heavily drugged sloths will drag you to your destination.”

Some of the humour sends up the traditional behaviour of the London commuter, who is known to loathe any invasion of their personal space.

“No eye contact. Penalty £200” (€248), reads one sign in red and white.

Another says: “iPods must be worn at all times. If you don’t have an iPod then play with your phone, read a newspaper or pretend to be asleep.”

Under the usual image of a pregnant woman, a woman holding a child, and a man with a walking stick, are the words: “Priority seat. Pretend to be asleep and they won’t ask you to move.”

Other interventions by pranksters include alterations to the Underground line maps affixed to Tube walls, including the renaming of West Ruislip - the stop at the far western end of the Central Line - as “The End.”

It is not the first time jokers have done their bit to alleviate the tedium of the daily commute with spoof signage.

A bogus notice at Farringdon station in August advised travellers to tuck their trousers into their socks to avoid being bitten by mice.

By Rosa Silverman Telegraph.co.uk

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