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‘Mobile phones are strictly prohibited’

Something that really annoys me, is signs like this:-

“The use of mobile phones in the reception area is strictly prohibited”, why do they need to put the word ‘strictly’ into the sign? – What is the difference between something being ‘prohibited’ and something being ‘strictly prohibited’ – and why was I allowed to take this photo (using my mobile phone) of my colleague using his mobile phone, right in front of the reception desk, without being challenged? Wouldn’t a sign written with more positive language been better – e.g. ‘The reception staff would prefer if people moved away from the desk when using mobile phones, as it can make it difficult to hear people on the phone. Thank you’


Strict prohibition of mobile phones

Originally uploaded by Dave Foord

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One Response

  1. What’s the difference between planning and forward planning?

    When is a phone not a phone, when it’s a camera!

    Positive language often has better results than just saying NO NO NO and NO again.

    Explain why it is a problem, then the majority of people will understand.

    Having said all that no one read signs these days, do they?

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