Ominous Signage Warns of The Clink (and Bait Cars)
Here’s all it said at the moment I drove by:
And seriously, the words were up long enough to do a quadruple-take before they gave way to an error screen.
“Today just got better,” I thought as I looped around and grabbed my cell phone for its camera.
If you ask me — and probably no one else — unintentionally funny and/or dark signs are some of the most wondrous things in the world, from the Austin-Peel and Son Funeral Home billboard on Anderson Lane in Austin (my hometown; said sign is a light-up thing that juts bizarrely over a highway interchange and basically requires you to wreck your car in order to read it), to ones on the generally insensitive site engrish.com, to gratuitous quotation marks, to the bathroom graffiti I have no shame photographing at dive bars.
After I’d circled back more than once today, I figured out what the sign on Illinois was trying to say: something about “baitcars” (all one word) being planted around the area. “Steal one,” it went on to read, “and you’ll go to ‘Jail! Jail! Jail! ”
Guess we’ve been warned.