Power of proofreading

Signs

In a bathroom:

Toilet out of order. Please use floor below.

In a laundromat:

Automatic washing machines: Please remove all your clothes when the light goes out.

In a department store:

Bargain basement upstairs …

In an office:

Would the person who took the step ladder yesterday please bring it back or further steps will be taken.

In another office:

After tea break, staff should empty the teapot and stand upside down on the draining board.

Outside a second-hand shop:

We exchange anything — bicycles, washing machines, etc. Why not bring your wife along and get a wonderful bargain?

Notice in health food shop window:

Closed due to illness …

In a safari park:

Elephants, please stay in your car.

At a conference:

For anyone who has children and doesn’t know it, there is a day care on the 1st floor.

In a farmer’s field:

The farmer allows walkers to cross the field for free, but the bull charges.

Message on a leaflet:

If you cannot read, this leaflet will tell you how to get lessons.

On a repair shop door:

We can repair anything. (Please knock hard on the door — the bell doesn’t work.)

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