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January 25, 2005 10:39 AM

Broken: "No feet on wall" sign

Dsc00141Seth Godin, originator of the idea for this site, writes:

This is from an office building in New York.

Apparently, smokers lean against the wall and put their foot up in a sort of Marlboro man way. All I know is that after seeing the sign, I desperately wanted to put my foot up!


Not broken.

Ha! I was first.

Posted by: Dorri Williams at January 25, 2005 01:48 PM

Darn, beat me to it.

Actually, I don't care.

Posted by: Ilan at January 25, 2005 04:44 PM

i dont see whats supposed to be broken here.. the concept is sound, dont put your feet on the walls, simple, i know lotsa places where thats a problem.

Posted by: Dragon at January 25, 2005 05:15 PM

Its not really broken. These places need these because the shoes can cause marks on the walls that make the place ugly.

Posted by: Jon at January 25, 2005 05:15 PM

Oh puh-frickin'-shaw. Unauthorized leg-bracing today, mayhem tomorrow. Everything not compulsory is forbidden.....


Posted by: Spike at January 25, 2005 06:15 PM

What is this, I see absolutely nothing broken about this sign!

Where did the quality go?

Posted by: Jim King at January 25, 2005 09:25 PM

You guys don't see what's broken? I guess I know why america is so screwed up now, then. It should say "Keep feet off the walls PLEASE." Politeness makes the world go round.

Posted by: Maurs at January 25, 2005 09:46 PM

we shouldnt start another broken/not broken argument. people cmon, mark dosent to have this site, you know. spend your own money and own bandwith on a "" site


Posted by: joe plaugher at January 25, 2005 11:13 PM

Please implies that it becomes a suggestion, and not an order.

Posted by: Dragon at January 25, 2005 11:50 PM

Isn't a sign that makes you want to do what is forbidden, when you otherwise wouldn't have even thought of doing it, a bit broken?

Posted by: anitsirK at January 26, 2005 08:55 AM

But thats the concept, people would have done it unconsciously instead, they wouldnt have put the sign up if it wasnt already a problem.

Posted by: Dragon at January 26, 2005 12:15 PM

I think if they just layered the wall in tar people would be a lot less likely to stick body parts against it.

Posted by: Ilan at January 26, 2005 12:17 PM

I'd expect to see signs like that in cheap motels--places where you might find marks from BOTH feet on the wall at the head of the bed

Posted by: jeff at January 26, 2005 12:56 PM

Oh, Puh-lease... Blame (apparently)the smokers for the reason the sign had to be put there... like non-smokers would NEVER commit such a heinous act! Tsk. Tsk.

Posted by: Suchana at January 26, 2005 07:36 PM

I beleive that if there is public or private instructional signage indicating preferred course of action, that message however ridiculous should be considered NOT Broken.

Posted by: Paralysis at January 26, 2005 09:58 PM

I think I would find the sign just as ugly as a foot-print on the wall, so if it's ugliness they're trying to avoid, I would propose a different solution. Put a potted plant in front of the wall. It doesn't need to be big, a rectangular planter, with the long edge against the wall would suffice.. no more leaning on the wall and scuffing it with your jacket or bag, or whatever, either.

Posted by: anitsirK at January 27, 2005 10:34 AM

I agree with antisirK... erecting an ugly sign to prevent ugly markings seems very "burn the village to save it".

Posted by: Bianca at January 27, 2005 07:40 PM

I like Ilan's tar-on-the-wall idea. Maybe they can find tar that has the same mismatched (look at the wall on each side of the pic) stucco color as the wall.

Posted by: Brian at January 29, 2005 01:47 PM

...Or just cover the wall with foot-prints, or wall paper printed with foot-prints or printed with pictures of people smoking while looking at the wall that is covered with foot-prints (even though the sign says Don't Walk on the Walls!)

Posted by: KB at January 30, 2005 08:03 AM

WHAT?!?!? Do you think that someone just decided to put that sign up for the heck of it?!?! Ignoring the minute chance that someone was insane, there was obviously a problem with people putting their feet on the walls. There had to be some problem with someone or people in general putting their feet on the walls. That's why the sign was put up... consider the fact that you are not the only person on this planet and that someone else put the $%!@#~! sign up because of some other #$#%!!'s bahavior.

Posted by: oy at February 5, 2005 09:16 PM

I want to go to New York and put my feet on this wall reeeeal bad!

Then I want to play my COW BELL for a while!


Posted by: schpoink at February 10, 2005 04:46 PM

you people have no sense of humor. it's a 'no feet on the walls' sign for pete's sake. why would anyone want to walk on the walls anyway?

Posted by: Bob at March 25, 2005 09:22 AM

In the 1950's I read about a new hotel built over a jetty on the Gulf in Louisiana. It had big glass windows, and just before opening the hotel they realized that if people fished out of the windows using sinker weights, they would break windows on lower floors. So they put up "Do not fish from the windows" signs.

Many people fished from the windows and there was some breakage. They eventually completely solved the problem by removing the signs.

- Precision Blogger

Posted by: Precision Blogger at May 9, 2005 04:46 PM

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