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May 30, 2007 12:03 AM

Broken: Post office hours sign

PostofficestarwarssignSarah Beckley writes:

This US Post Office sign informing you that they will be closed on the upcoming holidays in May and June is broken.

It is trying to be an ad for the new Star Wars stamps AND a holiday hours notice, but it fails at both.

The sign is posted on the front door of the post office branch, but the text is not large enough to read at a glance.


Heh, at first glance I saw: "This office will be closed on: Star Wars"

Posted by: steelcobra at May 30, 2007 01:34 AM

Call me naïve, but other than having to walk closer to read the sign, I don't see how this is broken.

Posted by: John Russell at May 30, 2007 01:58 AM

Looks fine to me. Maybe I'd raise the first three lines a half line or so, but other than that, no problem.

Posted by: tartan at May 30, 2007 02:35 AM

Is a sign really needed at all?

Isn't the post office always closed on official US holidays?

Posted by: Dan Kelley at May 30, 2007 07:45 AM

This falls into that interesting category of items which should either look promotional or informational, not both.

People looking for office information, such as hours, may overlook this thinking it's an ad. We see this all the time online with information that looks like a banner ad: people don't read it. In fact, people are becoming accustomed to tuning out advertising.

It should have looked like what it was: an informational docment telling you holiday hours.

Posted by: mmcwatters at May 30, 2007 07:53 AM

The #1 rule for signs stating store hours (and holiday hours) is that they should be visible from the car. If I have to park and walk up to the door to find out if/when you're open, that is broken.

Posted by: Doug W at May 30, 2007 09:54 AM

I have to agree with Doug. I spent several minutes in front of this sign.

It doesn't even work as an ad, because when you walk past, all you can catch is "Star Wars" --information about stamps is in a text too small to read from passing just a few feet away.

The holiday hours are tucked under the header and too small. Nothing about the sign makes sense.

Posted by: SEB at May 30, 2007 10:53 AM

"We're gonna be closed to watch Star Wars all day. Deal with it."

Posted by: fluffy at May 30, 2007 11:50 AM

I definitely agree with Doug that hours should be visible from the car, and I also agree with Dan that it's unnecessary to begin with. If I saw this sign, I'd assume that they were going to be closed on some random day, and then I'd be pissed after having to park my car to see it that I was being told something I already knew!

Posted by: ambrocked at May 30, 2007 12:21 PM

Kind of broken, yeah. I have seen worse, but this isn't good. What isn't broken, though, is the R2D2 mailboxes in some cities (including mine!) - those are awesome.

Posted by: =David at May 30, 2007 01:58 PM

darth snailor ->_@_/oo\ - i find your lack of user-compatibility disturbing! commander, tear this useless sign apart!

Posted by: she-snailie_@_v at May 30, 2007 04:40 PM

It's broken because it's two totally unrelated thoughts chocolate is delicious.

Posted by: MattyMatt at May 30, 2007 05:28 PM

Useless, but not broken.

Everyone knows the post office is closed on holidays. And those Star Wars stamps look teh kewlz.

Instead of being broken, it's redundant.

Posted by: redbull47 at May 31, 2007 12:21 PM

Wow. That's just rediculously broken. Instead of one sign, why not try putting the days that the place is closed on in BIG LETTERS?

Thank you, thank you very much...

Posted by: Maxaxle at June 1, 2007 11:57 PM

"This office will be closed on:"


"We're always open at"


I know one is talking about the website and the other is the office itself. But to read that something will be closed followed by "we're always open" is just funny.

Posted by: Holly at June 5, 2007 03:31 PM

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