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June 6, 2005 12:04 AM

Broken: Stop & Shop signage

Pb230141Bob Sifniades writes:

These signs are posted at the Stop & Shop supermarket in Ringwood, New Jersey. [Both IN and OUT doors are subtitled, "Please use other door."]


"Stop and shop" no men enter... everyone leaves :p

Posted by: Dragon at June 6, 2005 12:37 AM

Actually, it looks like you're looking out the doors, and not in.

So, that makes this a "roach motel". Customers come in, but they don't come out.

Posted by: Michael Jones at June 6, 2005 01:28 AM

Note the sign, "We care"

"We care...enough to confuse you with pointless signs!"

Posted by: I'm so funny at June 6, 2005 02:53 AM

Its says "We card"...

Posted by: You're not funny at June 6, 2005 02:54 AM

I hope someone will enlighten us as to why this isn't broken.

Posted by: John Rochester at June 6, 2005 03:22 AM

ok john, most likely its not broken becasue there probably is a set of doors imeadiatly to the right of the pic.

(sorry I had to)

Still broken though

Posted by: Vic at June 6, 2005 07:22 AM

If you are going out you may use the left door, but if you are going in you may not use that door, and if you are going in you may use the right door, but if you are going out you may not use that door. However, in any case use other door.'o:/ (head scratch)

Posted by: someone at June 6, 2005 07:49 AM

No one can deny it says:

"In, please use other door"

"Out, please use other door"

Farkin hilarious.

Posted by: Faolan at June 6, 2005 07:50 AM

Climb over... Tunnel under... Just don't use those doors!

Posted by: Chaos at June 6, 2005 08:15 AM

ACtually, not broken, there is another set of doors for shoppers to use, you just can't see them in this photo. But still funny though.

Posted by: ed at June 6, 2005 08:26 AM

ed, even if there were another set of doors, when i come to these doors, what am i supposed to do? if i want to go out, it says use other door and so when i turn to use that door, it says use other door.

broken, regardless of whether there are other doors or not.

Posted by: Mac at June 6, 2005 08:38 AM

If you're the kind of person that would shop at their store, they know you're gonna try to use the wrong door first, so they're being proactive. "No, go in through the IN door..."

Posted by: futi at June 6, 2005 08:59 AM

Clearly not broken: Note that on the IN door the sign says "OUT - use other door" and vice versa for the out door. It is confusing only because the IN/OUT and the "use other door" are not each a single sign.

Posted by: Shalom at June 6, 2005 09:59 AM

I think it's conceptual art. And/or a comment on man's inhumanity to man.

Posted by: Tom at June 6, 2005 10:42 AM


I think you may have noticed an important point that only the submitter could verify, although I still think this is broken. The sign on the door to walk IN reads "OUT please use other door" and the sign on OUT reads "IN please use other door". It's possible they tried to do this because people were attempting to enter through the wrong door, but the different fonts of the signs doesn't tie the message together.

When I first looked at this I thought you walked IN on the Left and Out on the right, but after examining it more, Shalom might be correct that you actually walk IN on the right. There seems to be the motion detector facing out on the right door, as well as the general convention is to always stay to the right when traveling. Going in the left side and out the right would cause confusion for American customer, and the always awkward sidewalk shuffel as you move back and forth in front of a person coming in the opposite direction.

Posted by: Joshua Wood at June 6, 2005 11:19 AM

Broken or not, I prefer this to places that have double doors, keep one of them locked and don't put a sign on it at all. If you want to lock one door (for some unknown reason) at least let me know it's locked so I don't walk into it.

Posted by: tcfrink at June 6, 2005 12:03 PM

When I first read shalom's comment, I thought it was a joke. Since the "in" door would most likely be on the right side, I think it's safe to say that the signage is meant in the way shalom describes it. I think that makes it broken for a whole different reason.

Posted by: Tom at June 6, 2005 03:52 PM

I can see the point of what you guys are saying, and agree that it's entirely possible that it's what's going on, but like Tom said, that's broken for a whole different reason. Just label the doors for what they are ('in' and 'out') and leave it at that! How incredibly stupid!! Just to be difficult though (because we all need a little more of that in our lives, right?), the store IS in Jersey. There's a TON of immigrants there. Maybe the shop owner is from a walk/drive on the left side kind of country, and it's still broken for the original reason... ; P

Posted by: ambrocked at June 6, 2005 05:30 PM

I'm the original poster. To over-clarify a few things: I took this pic from inside the store, at night. These are the only 2 doors in the immediate area. The In door is for entering, and the Out door is for exiting. You stay to your right as you're going In or Out. The Out door in the pic is simply mis-labeled. It should say something like, "Out / Thank you, come again."

Posted by: Bob Sifniades at June 6, 2005 07:42 PM

Broken. It's Jersey.

Posted by: Michael at June 6, 2005 11:38 PM

after seeing the picture then reading a lot of post I thought I might have been missing something the picture was definitely taken from inside(see the lock) so the traffic would be passing on the right thanks to Bob S. for confirming this.

most definitely broken

Posted by: kent at June 7, 2005 03:53 AM

Darn it, missed the lock! Oh well, for a moment I thought I had an at least somewhat reasonable answer.....

Posted by: Shalom LeVine at June 7, 2005 03:48 PM

The signs are in reverse as well; the sensor which opens the door automatically is on top of the "Out" door.

Posted by: Seth Nelson at June 10, 2005 10:42 AM

How confusing!

Remove the "Please Use Other door." message

Posted by: William at June 30, 2005 08:47 AM

Apparently they want you to remain in the shop until you're forced to buy something to eat or drink.

Posted by: Dave at July 22, 2005 11:23 PM

Note-How to keep an idiot busy.

Posted by: Keno at October 24, 2005 09:31 PM

The door on the left is the entrance becuase it has the we card sign. If you are leaving the store it doesn't matter it they card. If i am wrongand the door on the right is the entrance than the we card sign makes this broken.

Either way its broken

Posted by: Will at April 19, 2006 04:05 PM

except i meant to say if instead of it and wrong, and instead of wrongand

Posted by: will at April 19, 2006 04:06 PM

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