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The following is a real picture of a real sign, taken in the good ole’ US of A:

Lubricant on Fence

This particular sign appears to be from Boston, but apparently the practice is widespread across the states (and particularly well suited to keeping kids out).

I guess this makes A LITTLE sense, but it also seems to be inviting passersby to a challenge. The moment I saw that sign, I’d try to climb the fence. Why not just write “HEY KID, I BET YOU CAN’T CLIMB THIS FENCE”?

NOW … if they had really wanted to keep kids (and curious adults like me) out, they would have put up a sign like this:

Alternate sign

That’s what I call an intimidating fence! Too bad law enforcement would probably take it down due to public health concerns.

Thanks Mister Majik for the pic!

5 Responses to “Does this actually deter trespassers?”

  1. on 27 Aug 2007 at 7:02 am Alpaca The Awesome

    I’m just imagining a metal fence covered in crap right now…

  2. on 29 Aug 2007 at 4:13 pm Steve

    These signs are placed on the fence seperating north and southbound high speed rails at commuter stations. Commuters are NOT as smart as kids and often try to take shortcuts to get to their trains. On the other hand, the thought of showing up at work covered in lubricant (sic) is a great deterrent.

  3. on 30 Aug 2007 at 3:53 pm Truegroover

    Oh that’s great O!
    I still have to say my favorite sign though
    is the “Don’t Even Think Of Parking Here”
    sign.
    Thanks for the laugh…TG

  4. on 31 Aug 2007 at 9:37 pm Rhine Stone

    Ha! Ha!. These are really funny signs. Best regards

  5. on 22 Dec 2010 at 1:58 pm Tyronne

    it seems obvious, to me, that this sign is just trying to protect people, not deter them..it’s more “don’t lean on me or you’ll get slimey crap on your clothes” as opposed to “we’ve slicked this here fence up real good so’s you can’t climb it”..it’s a glorified wet paint sign..

    now if it was treated with lubricant AND electrified it’d be a different story..

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