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March 29, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Garage stalls sign


Quick: where is stall 268? I had to do a double-take.

(Hint: signs shouldn't count right to left.)


3rd stall is usually clean, 1st is out of toilet paper. even the janitor won't touch stall 268.

Posted by: gmangw at March 29, 2006 12:19 AM

ahhh, wouldn't you know this is a Hertz garage, after what happened in line (a few entries ago)

Also, gmangw, that was really funny. You kinda beat me to it, though I wouldn't have phrased it so well.

Posted by: abcdario at March 29, 2006 12:38 AM

Give them letter/number combinations, it's much easier to read at a glance. I bet on busy days there's a line behind this sign, it takes so long to comprehend.

Posted by: BlastYoBoots at March 29, 2006 01:33 AM

Not Broken. It displays the numbers in the order that they would appear. So to the Left the first stall you would encounter would be 266, then 265, 264, etc.

Posted by: Craven Moorecock at March 29, 2006 06:39 AM

"Not Broken. It displays the numbers in the order that they would appear. So to the Left the first stall you would encounter would be 266, then 265, 264, etc."

Broken. You would not be looking for the stalls in that order unless you knew in advance that that was the order in which they appeared. If you knew that, you wouldn't need to look at the signs, because you would already know the layout of the garage.

Posted by: Glenn Lasher at March 29, 2006 06:48 AM

The left third section of the sign is broken:

The numbers on the sign should map with the actual location of the stalls. On the sign '266' on the far left implies that stall 266 is on the far left, which is incorrect.

Posted by: WillF at March 29, 2006 08:05 AM

Whether or not the numbers would actually correspond with where the spaces are is irrelevant.

When you're looking at that sign, you want to know which direction to go. After that, you should know what your car looks like (you did find out what car they're actually giving you before you signed the paper, right?).

Making the numbers read rtl would actually make the sign harder to read, since it goes against the way we've been taught to read numbers since kindergarden.

Posted by: Josh Zerin at March 29, 2006 08:20 AM

Nice parking garage, tho. Well-lit, painted lines in good shape, signs everywhere, walkway/driveway safely separated, not-too-narrow parking spaces. Too bad the signs are confusing. Fix the signs!

Posted by: Corky at March 29, 2006 09:06 AM

What's interesting is that the range of numbers on the left and right sides do not read from right-to-left but rather from center-to-extents. So the left grouping of numbers is right-to-left (very confusing even if the stalls are numbered in descending order) and the right grouping of numbers is left-to-right (much easier to read).

Broken, IMO. If I were looking for a stall, I would find out which direction to go first and then try to find the number. Once I found the direction, determining if the numbers are going up or down is trivial - I don't need a confusing sign with a narrow perspective to give me "all of that information" up front.

Posted by: James at March 29, 2006 10:26 AM

Hey dude where's my car?

I don't care what the signs say as long as I can find my wheels & I'm outta there!

Posted by: gonein60 at March 29, 2006 01:05 PM

Had to look real close, not because I don't get the sign, but to try to see why it's "broken." It makes sense to me. Must be dyslexic.

Posted by: AC at March 29, 2006 01:29 PM

Nice name, Craven. Real nice.

Posted by: Ha at March 29, 2006 02:54 PM

Did nobody see what was on here a month or so ago? This is basically thge same thing. Even if the numbers overlap, one set is odd, and one set is even. I'll still have to say broken on this, though. It's pretty hard to figure out if you haven't seen something like it before.

Posted by: im_an_alien at March 29, 2006 04:11 PM

Wow! You figured out this sign. The sign in the parking garage must be another piece to the puzzle like -notpron.

Posted by: Capt. Wafer at March 29, 2006 04:38 PM

where is 268. Is it like the nonexistent stall?

Maybe it's behind you?

Posted by: Random person at March 30, 2006 01:02 PM

Craven Moorecock: If this isn't broken, then I'm going to start speaking as follows, because in each case, I list the time which is closer to the present, first:

I ate breakfast from 7:30 to 7:00.

I will eat lunch from 12:30 to 1:00.

Posted by: Another Bob at March 30, 2006 05:09 PM

try entering the building from

the other end....

Posted by: jd at March 31, 2006 09:42 AM

I was able to locate which direction to go in about 2 seconds...does not pass the utter confusion test. NOT broken.

Posted by: Mark at March 31, 2006 10:28 AM

To answer your question, stall 268 is to the right, next to 267.

Posted by: Bill corkey at March 31, 2006 10:41 AM

Huh? Craven you have too much time on your hands. This is not broken. Try the stall next to 267 to your right. I got a headache trying to figure out what was broken.

Posted by: pollysbutterfly at March 31, 2006 10:51 AM

Turn right, second stall on your right is 268.

Posted by: Conder at April 4, 2006 04:39 PM

it's on the right!

Posted by: h at April 17, 2006 11:46 PM

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