Last weekend while walking around Manhattan I passed by a bank. I noticed that all of the desks had monitors that were visible to the street. Since it was at night, and no one was working, all of the screens were black.

All but one.

And that’s the one that caught my eye.


Can you read the card? If not, let me help you a bit:


Yeah, that’s right. It’s a note, presumably to a cleaning crew, telling them to not touch the surge protector under the desk. I’m guessing that at one point in history someone DID touch that surge protector and it caused issues. The fix for that?

Put a note on the screen. #thereifixedit

How many things can you find wrong with this scenario? Here’s my short list:

  • Screen monitors facing the street
  • Floor to ceiling windows, allowing pedestrians to easily see the screens
  • Relying on someone to read this note before doing anything else (and hoping they understand English)

For some Friday fun, tell me how many other issues you see here. Even my kids got a laugh out of this “fix” to ensure high availability, and they are 9 and 10 years old.

I wonder what the average age is for the folks that work at that bank…

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