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June 29, 2004 12:01 AM

Broken: Transparent glass warning sign

Molly Stevens writes:

This store has a glass door so that customers can see inside. They seem to have had some problems with it, and placed this sign right in the middle of the door. It reads, "Caution! Please watch out! Glass door is Transparent!" Something is broken here.


One too many people walking into it, I suspect...

Posted by: Alden Bates at June 29, 2004 02:46 AM

Yes, I think it's the users that are broken. I run into that a lot...

Although, a sign with their hours and Open/Closed would serrve the same purpose and would also be a useful sign.

Posted by: T. Bradley Dean at June 29, 2004 09:45 AM

Perhaps they just want to make sure they don't get sued.

Posted by: Carlos Gomez at June 29, 2004 11:36 AM

But those heavy glass doors make such a great sound when someone walks into them.

*BONNNNG!*   : )

Posted by: Rob at June 29, 2004 04:22 PM

Actually, at least from this picture, what appears to be broken is not that people aren't remembering to open the door before walking in through it. It's that, if it weren't for the sign, I can't tell that this is a door to begin with. I don't see a handle or anything.

Posted by: Steve at July 6, 2004 07:17 PM

You know, I've seen these types of signs before and I used to laugh until I saw somebody walk into a glass door and crack it with their knee. (It did make a great sound though.)

Posted by: jen at July 10, 2004 08:34 PM

Glass doors are a real threat when they're closed. People assume store doors are open and if the glass is clean there is no warning at all. I'm smarter than some people, and I got bonked that way once.

Posted by: SmartAZ at July 22, 2004 02:53 PM

In Fort Bragg, Calif., at Lucy's Laundry, at least two people have walked into the glass windows hard enough to crack them. The owner posted a sign at a little below eye level that says, "Not a Walk Thru Window."

Posted by: Barry Weiss at July 23, 2004 02:16 AM

I understand that the previous sign was "Caution: Transparent glass door", but that led to people looking around them for the door stalking them, and running into the door anyway...

Agreed -- this isn't broken, except for the people. A more elegant solution might be to put mesh, designs, etching, etc. on the door, enough to make it noticeable without losing the benefit of the transparent medium... but that would be costlier and more time-intensive to put up. Or a better-worded sign. However, the sign is kinda funny, but it works, and none of us have yet come up with better wording either. :)

Posted by: yada at September 1, 2004 12:46 AM

u guys r dumbasses

Posted by: bitc h at September 13, 2004 06:27 PM

A mime could make a lot of money there.

Posted by: Eric S. at October 8, 2004 05:53 PM

no this sign is not broken at all. I used to work at a gas station where some lady thought the door was open and ran into it. She sued us for the damages down to her nose. *Shout Out TO THe Crazy stupid lady* what od you think the handle is doing there? floating around? having a good time? it was silver!!! it was shiny!!! you could see it!!!

Posted by: _Terra_ at January 22, 2005 11:33 AM

With regard to usability principles and good design, the users are never the problem - the design is. A successful design takes into account everything that needs to be taken into account. Since there is a long track record of people running into glass doors, there seems to be a variable that keeps getting left out of glass door design!

Posted by: Maryann Westfall at April 30, 2005 10:46 AM

My dad recently walked into a glass door whilst walking out of the opticians with his new glasses on - he felt a bit of a fool and maybe a sign like this may have helped! I like it!

Posted by: Sarah at November 15, 2005 11:41 AM

Trust me, it's there for a good reason. I've run into waaay too many glass doors. I look like the crow on the Windex ad... Ow. *unbends nose from when I ran into the sliding glass door 5 minutes ago*

Posted by: Eric at June 30, 2006 08:35 PM

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