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February 24, 2005 12:01 AM

Broken: Illegal electrocution

1118807_a751d65ba5A classic broken sign, photographed by Steve Jurvetson. See the original post.

How do they collect?


i guess someone's gotta get paid for cleaning up the mess you leave when you die...i think they will only be able to get whatever youre carrying at the time though ;)

Posted by: Carl Winslow at February 24, 2005 02:06 AM

Well, they could always sue your estate. It's not that uncommon.

Posted by: Karl at February 24, 2005 02:46 AM

I agree with Karl, they'll sue the estate.

Posted by: Dragon at February 24, 2005 03:33 AM

So they'll sue the estate.

But why? Isn't the oaf being DEAD punishment enough? Or is it because their janitor demands another two hundred bucks everytime he has to drag away a dead body?

Posted by: PlantPerson at February 24, 2005 09:54 AM

A classic "adding insult to injury" sign, no?

I wonder what type of person would be more concerned about the $$ than dying. Or maybe someone at the NTA has a sense of humor?

Posted by: Ken at February 24, 2005 10:17 AM

It's obvious that someone in Government wrote that sign.

Posted by: Tim at February 24, 2005 11:18 AM

I think they mean if you make like you're going to try to touch the wires, you get the fine, but it sure doesn't say that.

Posted by: sir_flexalot at February 24, 2005 11:44 AM

Flexalot: Back in high school, an anal-retentive prude of a teacher gave two kids detention for "intent to kiss". They never actually locked lips, it just looked like they were about to. Sounds just as ridiculous, eh?

Are you saying that someone can spot a person with intent to touch the wires and fine them for it? Sounds like Minority Report, punishing people for a crime they were about to commit, but that they didn't actually do.

Posted by: Manni at February 24, 2005 02:23 PM


Posted by: Maurs at February 24, 2005 03:52 PM

Nooooo... must... touch... wires...


Stupid train.

Posted by: fuzzy at February 24, 2005 05:50 PM

If I only had $200 in disposible income...sigh

Posted by: Dan L at February 25, 2005 05:42 AM

In life as in literature, if one punishment doesn't get you, the other will.

Posted by: S. Berry at February 25, 2005 10:50 AM

I needed a good laugh today. I see it all the time, lets take a smoker for instance, a smoker will usually tend to quit smoking only when it becomes a financial burdon, not because it will eventually cause their demise. this sign is not broken, it speaks to the lowest common denominator. I speak from experiance.

Posted by: claude at February 25, 2005 03:42 PM

WEll Tim was right. I was written by the gov't.

They need money, that's for sure. Hell they'll even take your first born child if you let them.

Posted by: Tim at February 25, 2005 09:16 PM

"WEll Tim was right. I was written by the gov't.

They need money, that's for sure. Hell they'll even take your first born child if you let them."

why not? its just like veal.

Posted by: Dragon at February 25, 2005 11:30 PM

Hey! If three people die, they can afford that desk that I wanted! Neat!

Posted by: Bianca at February 26, 2005 11:04 AM

Glad you liked the sign. It's hanging on the wall of Jamis' ever eclectic Buck's Restaurant, the home of many broken things... and things that are just wrong:

Posted by: Steve Jurvetson at February 27, 2005 04:40 PM

hehe, sounds like something out of an RPG game:

penalty: lose 1 life + 200 gold

Posted by: Sergey at March 5, 2005 02:53 PM

read in email: "If a person with multiple personalities threatens suicide, is it a hostage situation?" And if he doesn't heed to above sign, does the man scraping the body away get to collect $200 for each member of that persons cranium? The obit will read: In Memory of Fred, Bob, Tom, Sam and Barbara. They died instantly except for Barbara, the diva, always putting on a show.

Posted by: Poindexter T Quakenfuss at March 10, 2005 11:42 AM

Dude! I'm gonna have to steal that sign!

Posted by: Faye at March 11, 2005 07:38 PM


"... AND the horse you rode in on!"

Posted by: Harry Joiner at June 2, 2005 07:14 PM

Maybe the sign was intended to keep persons away from the deadly wires, and if you had intentions to tamper with it, the company would prosecute you.

Posted by: Somebody at February 25, 2006 04:04 PM

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