This sign was posted beside a plastic lion at Safari Golf, an excellent mini golf course near my home.
The message itself is fine. Sadly, it's probably necessary to remind brain damaged teenagers not to sit on the pretend animals.
But here's the problem:
What causes business owners to think that they need to sign their signage with phrases like The Management? To what purpose does this serve? Was it worth the additional expense (because it absolutely made the sign more expensive)?
Was management concerned that customers wouldn't take the sign seriously without an indication of where the message originated?
Did they worry that customers might think the sign had been placed there by someone other than management? A prankster, perhaps? Or maybe some strange offshoot of PETA that protects artificial animals?
Do they believe that the mention of management confers additional authority to the sign and therefore increases the chances of adherence.?
If any of this were true, then Stop and Yield signs would be signed by the federal government. Speed limit signs would feature the signatures of the local cops. Placards on airplanes would be signed by the pilot.
Not every message needs to be signed. I barely sign my emails anymore. I agree to terms and service all the time simply by checking a button.
We definitely don't need our signage to be signed. It doesn't make a sign more effective. It doesn't make it look more professional. It just makes the person who purchased the sign seem a little silly.