What's with all the annoying 'Open' signs?
Has anybody else noticed these tacky, flashy LED 'Open' signs that have been popping up all over town?
In the past year or two, it seems like they've appeared in the windows of half the restaurants, bars and carryout stores in Baltimore. Some signs just say 'Open.' These signs beat you over the head with it.
"HEY, DID YOU SEE?!?! WE'RE OPEN HERE! THAT'S RIGHT, FOLKS! OH YEAH BABY, WE'RE OPEN!"
Was there some kind of Kmart special on these things a little while back?
Or did half of Baltimore's restaurant/bar owners make a secret pact to pester passersby with intense 'Open' signs? ...
The other night, some friends and I were walking past Meridian 54 in Canton when, suddenly, we were visually assaulted by one of these intensely flashing OPEN signs (pictured).
Blinded by the sign, we accidentally staggered onto Boston Street and were almost run over by the Skittles car.
OK, so that last part didn't actually happen. But it just goes to show you how dangerous these things can be.
I'd like to start an online petition to have these signs removed. Hey, Department of General Services -- now that Flamingogate is settled, can you start fining businesses for this?
(I tried to take a picture of one of these signs, but it melted my camera phone. So I used a photo from this Web site)