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April 19, 2007 12:03 AM

Broken: Bus door instructions

BusinstructionsDave Reevely writes:

Here's a cell phone picture of the doors on a city bus here in Ottawa, Ontario. Bilingual signs are the norm in this bilingual city, but usually they say more or less the same thing in French and in English.

The English instructions state, "To open the door, wait for the green light, then wave hand near door."

The French instructions state, "To open the door, wait for the green light, then push the bar."

However, only the French instructions will actually get you off the bus!
The English decal must have been left over from some earlier model.


Onghhhh, zoze rascally Fronch.

I hope this is not the start of a dangerous xenophobic trend up there in Ontario.

Posted by: tartan at April 19, 2007 12:11 AM

Maybe whoever made this thought it was heading to the US instead of Canada, and it was payback for "freedom" fries...

Posted by: ambrocked at April 19, 2007 09:14 AM

Its difficult to tell from the picture, but it appears that the drawing of the guy is the same in each. They both appear to be pushing forward. If that is the case, then I would surmise that there might have been an issue with the translation to english.

Posted by: Memnon at April 19, 2007 10:03 AM

I don't think it's a translation issue. I took two years of high school French (only paid attention one year) and I know that "poussez la barre" means "push the bar." That's a literal translation.

Then again, "poussez" was always my favorite French word because of how it was pronounced.

Posted by: Haggai at April 19, 2007 11:15 AM

Or maybe it is some plot to make sure only the french speakers will survive. In an accident, those who don't know french would stand around waving while the flames slowly consumed the bus

Posted by: nasion at April 19, 2007 11:15 AM

April 19, 2007

The french start WW3 when several important are stuck on a train.

Posted by: Narcissus at April 19, 2007 11:32 AM

several importan passengers

Posted by: Narcissus at April 19, 2007 11:33 AM

Several impotent passengers...or as they say in French, zeveral impotont pazzenzhayz.

I hope this is not the start of renewed ethnic violence among our neighbors to the north. ;-)

Posted by: tartan at April 19, 2007 01:42 PM

Thank you for finally correcting my spelling =D

Posted by: Narcissus at April 19, 2007 08:15 PM

That model of bus definitely requires pushing the bars.

(There is another model in service here that does involve waving one's hand. I hate that one with a passion, but fortunately it's very rare).

Posted by: Dunro at April 19, 2007 11:06 PM

That's not just broken. It's DANGEROUS! It's EVIL! It's...designed by IDIOTS!!!!

Posted by: Maxaxle at April 20, 2007 12:08 AM

I would expect this in france where it's a translation from french to english, but since Canada is bilingual I would think that they would be able to create correct english and french translations.. after all I doubt the buses or labels were made in france and imported to canada..

Posted by: Infinity306 at April 22, 2007 06:46 PM

I think this just indicates that somebody screened "V" for Jean Chretien.

Posted by: henrybowmanaz at April 27, 2007 02:55 AM

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