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Old 07-28-2011, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Herndon VA
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Default How much do those sign flippers make?

I see these guys all over the place. They are advertising by holding or rather flipping a sign over and under to attract your attention to some second rate furniture store or open house for some real estate company.
Does anyone have any idea how much these people get paid? I have always been curious and with the economy in the tank for certain unskilled workers I was guessing somewhere in the $10/hr range.
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:04 AM
 
Location: Loudoun County, VA
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I've seen these positions advertised for $10/hr.
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:14 AM
 
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Interesting. I have wondered also. I think the technical term for this job is "human directional".
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:34 AM
 
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Why do they even do this? I've always assumed that you can't just stick a sign in the ground and call it a day but by having a person there it's legally different, more akin to loitering.
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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Why do they even do this? I've always assumed that you can't just stick a sign in the ground and call it a day but by having a person there it's legally different, more akin to loitering.
Apparently people pay more attention to signs that people are holding rather than those just stuck in the ground. If they are wearing a costume as well and waving, that is the most effective. I think it is a load of crap. None of it ever works for me...I will go into a store when I need to go into a store, not because someone is holding a sign. I am surprised they get paid so much. But, good to know how much I need to pay any off to drop their puppy sale signs.
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Old 07-29-2011, 06:24 AM
 
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A lot of them aren't even very good. They drop the signs a lot, the turns and twirls aren't smooth, and what's worse, sometimes they lose a grip on the sign and it flies out into the street causing motorists to have to slam on the brakes.
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Old 07-29-2011, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Censorshipville...
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Most of the jokers I see are just sitting on some railing. A hot chick in a bikini or a guy in a borat swimsuit gets more attention - lol
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Old 07-29-2011, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Loudoun County, VA
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A lot of them aren't even very good. They drop the signs a lot, the turns and twirls aren't smooth, and what's worse, sometimes they lose a grip on the sign and it flies out into the street causing motorists to have to slam on the brakes.
And sometimes they're AWESOME!! I'm talking about the ones that are really into it, wearing headphones and putting on a good show.
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Old 07-29-2011, 07:20 AM
 
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Apparently people pay more attention to signs that people are holding rather than those just stuck in the ground. If they are wearing a costume as well and waving, that is the most effective. I think it is a load of crap. None of it ever works for me...I will go into a store when I need to go into a store, not because someone is holding a sign. I am surprised they get paid so much. But, good to know how much I need to pay any off to drop their puppy sale signs.
I agree that the sign holder doesn't influence me to buy whatever they're shilling any more than a stationary sign, but it certainly gets my attention better. There are so many random signs stuck in the ground I barely notice them anymore. Although sometimes the sign flipper gets a little too carried away and I can't even read it.
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Old 07-29-2011, 07:50 AM
 
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I've had my share of crappy jobs, but honestly this takes the cake. How would like to stand holding a sign in these temps?
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