Why Don’t People Read Signs?


Waiting for a blood test after you have fasted 14 hours is hard enough but to watch stupidity in motion at 7:30 am is enough to make your soon to be donated blood boil.

The sign said clearly upon entering:

“Please form line behind sign and await your turn.”

I don’t know about you, but I think that is pretty black and white. But as I watched each client enter; they ignored the directions on the sign. Some immediately rushed the front desk where they were told firmly to await their turn behind the sign. Grumbles, confusion and revolt, ensued with the odd comment of:

“Guess someone is cranky this morning.”

Due to all the advertising that we’re exposed to, do our minds automatically tune all important messages out? Does it most importantly apply to signs because we’re so used to seeing them we think, “oh I don’t need to read that I already know what it’s going to tell me”.  It’s a shame, as we all seem to be illiterate. Or perhaps, it’s that people can really read, but they just don’t care.

Flash Backs of Little Miss Flash Cadilac by Linda Seccaspina available at Wisteria 62 Bridge Street in Carleton Place or on Amazon.

Linda Seccaspina’s books here


About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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