Our local film development place has been open only sporatically over the past week. They have posted a long and complex list of when they will not be operational, and as far as I can figure it out, they are closed Monday - Friday from 10am to 5 pm (which would make them open from 5 to 6pm daily, I guess) and also closed Saturday from10am to 3pm, but when I showed up Saturday at 4pm, they were closed. Hmm, I'll bet my disc with the files I want developed is still sitting in their drop-off box. The grandmas are shit out of luck with getting pictures for Easter this year.
However, it would seem that despite the general lack of retail and service industry staff, some people working in these places still appear to have way too much time on their hands. I base this on the gratuitous use of hand-lettered signs that I have been seeing in some establishments.
The local evil Blockbuster is a hotbed of large elaborately executed bubble-lettered signs, wishing me a "HAPPY NEW YEAR" (still), telling me to "stand on this side" of the cash register when paying for videos, and my personal favourite, the "DO NOT MOVE THIS" sign attached to all the ropes that separate the line-up area from the video shelves. Somebody at Blockbuster takes their sign-making, and all the authority that comes with the territory, very seriously indeed.
But I was particularly taken with the hastily-scrawled (although they were in all three dressing rooms) notices that we came across in a Kensington consignment store yesterday. In a schizophrenic mixture of colours, letter sizes and underscores, these eye-catchers implore us:
PLEASE - NO
IN CHANGE ROOM
& NO MAKE-UP
ON CLOTHES THANKS
It's good to see that the labour shortage hasn't had a negative impact on effective sign-making in this city. At least not yet.
Support your local free-hand sign-maker.