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April 17, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Illness sign

Pukingstickman Jeff Russell asks if it's really necessary for the sign to be so explicit. After all, it's posted in full view of customers who could be ordering food.


Next time he won't try ingesting so many ping pong balls.

Posted by: barf at April 17, 2006 12:19 AM

I must admit, I love the company name. Sheetz!

No, there probably isn't a need for the sign to be so "graphic," although the fact that you consider black dot vomit to be graphic is kind of weird. The sign gets its point across, and it gets it across clearly. I don't really see how this is broken.

Posted by: Jan at April 17, 2006 12:20 AM

Vomit? Looks more like a sneeze to me.

Posted by: gmangw at April 17, 2006 12:30 AM

What's the supervisor going to do about it? Kiss it and make it all better?

Posted by: =David at April 17, 2006 01:17 AM

Now that I stopped laughing I can type. I'm assuming it's a sneeze but that wasn't what flashed in my mind as soon as I saw the picture. The more I look, the more I think it might be my first thought. (The person IS holding their stomach.)

Posted by: Timm at April 17, 2006 01:36 AM

You're all wrong. He's calling out to his friend who fell in a pit (just off-frame) to toss up all his money or else he'll shoot (or is he just holding his hand inside his coat pocket? We'll never know...).

Posted by: Josh Zerin at April 17, 2006 01:39 AM

I was laughing because I thought, "OMG is that a joke?

That sign is so broken.

Posted by: Timm at April 17, 2006 01:41 AM

The way I read it is "WARNING: No sickness allowed!"


Posted by: Daniel15 at April 17, 2006 04:02 AM


"WARNING: One-legged people with triangle-shaped torsoes who try to ingest ping pong balls are not allowed here!

Posted by: Daniel15 at April 17, 2006 04:05 AM

Umm, the question is, "why" do you graphic someone who is sick? This is targeted at employees, so surely a posted text notice would be enough?

(I can't believe I just used "graphic" as a verb ...)

Posted by: E.T. at April 17, 2006 12:02 PM

I'm just happy they didn't illustrate the condition the company name suggests! Too many graphics these days. Unclear frequently. Too bad we don't have a national language. That would make text acceptable and elimate these silly vague signs. Although they are a source of amusement!

Posted by: Miki at April 17, 2006 01:36 PM

It could have been MORE graphic... think ping-pong balls coming out of his butt too.

Posted by: Alex B at April 17, 2006 01:44 PM

Sneezing hunchbacks NOT ALLOWED!

I have never heard of "Sheetz" before. Is it a place about which it could be said "Si, eet ees a good place to eet, but you might get de sheetz" ?

How is it going to help to report any Sheetz employee sickness to my supervisor? Neither of us works there!

Posted by: Silly vague signs are fun at April 17, 2006 02:54 PM

What is broken is that the average fast food employee gets min. wage and if lucky, 2 or 3 sick days a year. So, they cannot afford to stay home if they are sick. Often, they are 'part timers' and get NO sick pay and NO health benefits, so of course they get sick and have to still go to work. THAT IS THE BROKEN ROOT CAUSE!

Posted by: American Idiot at April 17, 2006 03:29 PM

My question is...

Do you really want to eat at a place that feels the need to post this sign???

I'd be really worried that I'd get the Sheetz too.

Posted by: ? at April 17, 2006 04:14 PM


Sheetz is the family name of the people who own it. Sheetz is a chain of gas stations (be glad the ping pong balls aren't coming out of the rear) in PA that also makes sandwiches/fries/salads. You order at a touch screen (great if the employees don't speak English, Quiznos could learn a lesson from Sheetz (have you ever tried to order more than one sandwich at Quiznos?)). The screen prints out a number. You give the number to the cashier who rings you up. Then when the food is ready they call your number and hand you your food. They have several gas pumps, like 10 to 20.

Posted by: Capt. Wafer at April 17, 2006 05:06 PM

I agree with American Idiot.

Posted by: veeman at April 17, 2006 05:09 PM

What's nastier is the "employees must wash hands after using restroom" signs. Or rather, that there are so many scumballs in the world that don't wash. They aren't sick everyday, but they go in there repeatedly.....

Posted by: Paul at April 17, 2006 05:49 PM

Paul: We as a species were never designed to wash our hands after doing business. I do agree with you though that you need to wash your hands before handling food, however we have become such a germaphobe society that it is hurting us. Example: antibiotics, THERE ARE HARDLY NONE THAT WORK NOW because of their misuse. Example 2: asthma: the only places where asthma is a huge problem is the americas and europe and it is BELIEVED to be because we have killed off one of the good bacterias that protected us from it. In developing nations it is abundant, here it is absent even from soil samples.

Posted by: Mike Robinson at April 17, 2006 06:34 PM

Since this is an inter-employee communication, it can and should be posted where employees can see it but customers cannot. The communication is not broken - I don't like being waited on by sick people - but the placement in a publicly viewable area, is.

Posted by: andrew Tonkin at April 17, 2006 09:09 PM

Hey Mike Robinson, I'm quite interested in what you said about the asthma, do you have any sources of information about it that you could point me to? My friend has some big project he is doing about asthma and it would really help him.

Either way, it is broken, customers need not see that, but it does need to be said bluntly and powerfuly to the employees.

And also about the over cautiousness with disease in america, I agree wholeheartedly, I have seen repeatedly in my school that the more germophobic someone is the more often they get sick (usually). I'm probably one of the least... hygenic people in my school, yet I have only taken off three days in highschool from "illness"

two of which I wasn't really ill.

Posted by: lordpidey at April 17, 2006 11:54 PM

I've bought gas at a sheetz a couple of times. They sure like the color red. the building is RED. The roof is lit with RED, the pumps are RED, with RED lights on top. Like Capt. Wafer said, there are like 20 (RED)pumps. It's like buying gas in a cartoon. You have to drive away with burned retinas.

Posted by: Timm at April 18, 2006 02:36 AM

Mike Robinson: if we ever meet in person, please remind me to never, ever shake hands with you! For all we know you might just recently have been "doing business".

Posted by: name at April 18, 2006 06:35 AM



I don't think I could have said it better.

Posted by: JAC at April 18, 2006 12:17 PM


Posted by: Mike Robinson at April 18, 2006 12:45 PM

awww Sheetz

Posted by: aynne at April 18, 2006 01:38 PM

Mike Robinson: that's an interesting article. I believe it's referring more to prescribed antibiotics rather than the run-of-the-mill antimicrobial soaps you see in public restrooms, though. The real benefit of hand-washing comes with the scrubbing motion, which physically takes the bacteria off the skin and deposits a thin layer of protection. That's why surgeons 'scrub in' instead of popping a Keflex or something.

Prescription antibiotics, on the other hand, generally utilize microbial cell surface proteins to gain entry, targeting various internal signalling or replication pathways and causing death to the microbe. Unfortunately, the little critters are extremely adaptable, so every time we build a bigger gun, they build better armor, so to speak. The good news is most bacteria can do nothing about good ole brute force, which is why hand-washing is important.

Posted by: Ron Mexico at April 18, 2006 02:30 PM

Thank you SHEETZ, you just made me and everyone else a doctor.

Posted by: American Idiot at April 18, 2006 02:36 PM

This sign is also confusing. Is the sign telling a customer who is an employee of a business to report their own illness to their own supervisor? Is it telling the customer to report their own illness to a Sheetz supervisor? Or a Sheetz employee to their own supervisor (most likely)?


Posted by: someone at April 18, 2006 09:32 PM

I agree that brute force handwashing is good, antibacterial soap is bad however. Washing with ivory soap for 30 seconds is just as effective as washing with antibacterial soap. However, when we need the antibacterial soap, and the antibiotics their misuse has caused them to become useless.

Posted by: Mike Robinson at April 19, 2006 01:18 AM

Mike Robinson: obviously washing your hands with antibacterial or even antibiotical soap (if such soap exists, heaven forbid!) is the wrong way.

That does not mean that you should avoid washing your hands after visiting the restroom however... disgusting!

Posted by: name at April 19, 2006 04:37 AM

name: I am not saying I don't wahs my hands, but i was pointing out that we were never designed to. Also antibacterial is the same as antibiotical.

Good old soap is all you need.

Posted by: Mike Robinson at April 19, 2006 12:59 PM

If I had gone there and seen the sign, I would have wanted to go home and scrub myself and the food I bought there!

Posted by: another guy named Alex B. at April 20, 2006 07:49 PM

and their "order fresh food here" thing usallay says "KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR"

Posted by: -------------- at April 20, 2006 11:43 PM

I agree with ---------. Look at an earlier posting:

Posted by: someone at April 21, 2006 07:22 AM

Shouldn't you always tell your supervisor if someone is barfing?

P.S. Why don't sign people have any feet, eyes, noses, or hands?

P.S.S. Those people do NOT know how to draw a guy blowing chunks.

Posted by: joe at April 21, 2006 04:56 PM

P.S.S.S. It sort of looks like the dude has sonar.

Posted by: joe at April 21, 2006 04:57 PM

No wonder he's barfing.. I mean he's been stuck in an enclosed circle with a line across it for all his life.. I feel sorry for him..

Posted by: Jweez at April 22, 2006 11:38 AM

The sheetz at the bottom would not have made it anymore better...

Posted by: Jweez at April 22, 2006 11:39 AM

I really want that sign. XD

Posted by: Fayth at April 23, 2006 05:30 PM

This definately belongs on

Posted by: Mindy at April 27, 2006 10:22 PM

Maybe they hire illegals who can't read english

Posted by: edison2 at June 5, 2006 08:26 PM

WARNING: report any illnesses to your supervisor ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE THE SHEETZ!!

Posted by: jack at June 17, 2006 07:40 PM

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