Sunday Signage: The Suspense Is Killing Me

I see this sign every day in the public restrooms at the Harbour:

Come on, people– are those ellipses really necessary? (Especially so many of them?)

The suspense is killing me!

Where can I possibly find some feminine hygiene products?

Oh.

That was a bit anti-climactic, no?

PS: Do you know how difficult it is to take a half-decent photo inside a public restroom without looking like a total creep? Believe me. It’s not easy.

40 responses

  1. That IS funny. It’s like a drum-roll and there needs to be an exclamation mark at the end. Somebody ‘chose’ to write it that way. Likely the gift shop itself.
    I can imagine a grateful femme or their partner walking in to get some and saying “I’m here about the sign in the washroom.”

    • An exclamation point would have made this sign THE BEST, Dean! (Or should I say ‘!!!!’) Totally unnecessary punctuation. One day I’ll have to head into Oceanside just to see what the scoop is. Like you said, “I’m here about the sign?” šŸ˜‰

  2. LOL! Good one, Dana. And yes, I do know how difficult it is to take photos in a public restroom without looking creepy. I’ve had people stare at me because I forgot my camera was around my neck, even though I have no intention of taking a photo.

    • There’s not usually much (or anything) to take a photo of in a public washroom, but yes, having a camera in plain view is usually grounds for creeping other people out. (This is true even in Victoria, where most people in that particular restroom are tourists with gigantic SLR cameras and often tripods, too. I washed my hands about 8 times waiting for the washroom to clear out before I felt comfortable whipping out my tiny point and shoot!) šŸ™‚

    • I never thought that the ellipses were added intentionally to create dramatic tension, but it makes so much sense now! Do they *actually* have supplies, or are they semi-permanently out? I’ll have to do a reconnaissance mission to check out the inventory one of these days. I’m just doing my bit to help. Call me a feminine hygiene product public servant. šŸ˜‰

  3. Big laugh! And yes, I DO know all about taking photos in public restrooms. It is so challenging…but (and notice the ellipses) so worth it! I wish I still had my little Sony Cybershot because it would be much easier to “insert” in public bathrooms. tee hee. Get it? Feminine products?

    • You’re so silly, Kathy! Smaller cameras are “always” better for “winging” it in public restrooms, don’t you think? So much easier to “go with the flow” when you don’t have to mess around with a tripod and aperture settings. (Too much?) šŸ˜‰

  4. So silly! As a poster maker, I might only suggest they were trying to keep everything centered, and started a bit too far to the left on that line, so used the ellipses to balance it out. It doesn’t really look like a hand printed sign though. Another thought…maybe the ellipses – periods – were a subtle way of explaining the reason for the products? Could I be over-thinking this? Just a bit? Thanks for the laugh, Dana!

    • Hahaha, it looks like the comments have been hijacked with menstrual puns! As somebody who used to work in a sexual health centre (and as somebody who is a giant fertility awareness nerd), I can only say that THIS IS AWESOME. šŸ™‚

      I am a little OCD about formatting, so if I had made/printed out this particular sign, I would have had to throw it out and start from scratch. Being off-center with the words would have bothered me, but so do those ellipses! It’s a no-win sign.

  5. I was going to say (but I see she’s beat me to it), that Kathy Drue is an experienced veteran at taking covert photographs in the bathroom. Different than Bond — James Bond — I think her code name is Two — Number Two!

    • Yeah, awkward much? I had the cleanest hands by the time I had enough courage to actually take the photo. I didn’t want anybody else to be in the washroom when I was zooming in and trying to get the text in focus, but because it’s the only washroom in the busiest part of the tourist drag, it was next to impossible. I kept washing and drying my hands when other people were in the washroom, just so I wasn’t being even MORE CREEPY by leaning casually against a wall and scoping out the place. šŸ™‚

  6. This goes to show just how fertile washrooms can be for stories of “acceptable conduct”.
    From the male perspective, one of my very favourites was the urinal with the body motion sensor-eye for automatic flushing that someone had placed above a very official-looking decal that read: ” Penis-cam for scientific research use only”. šŸ™‚

    • Kathy’s bathroom photos are hilarious, Kathy. Totally random bathroom art! Thanks….. for stopping in and sharing a laugh with us today. šŸ™‚

    • It reminds me of the holiday cards my relatives used to send us:

      Have a “Merry Christmas!” and a “Happy New Year!”

      Made it sound like they were being ironic about their well wishes. Drove me nuts! šŸ˜‰

    • Male or female, whoever made this sign needs to space things out ahead of time for the next sign, so that we’re not left in suspense. THE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW!

  7. This is hysterical, Dana!! I just cannot wrap my brain around the thought process behind the ellipses. It must be ironic with the intent to give everyone who sees it a good chuckle šŸ™‚ Thanks for the laugh today!

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