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Old 02-23-2009, 12:45 PM
 
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Has anyone else noticed that almost every street corner in Southpark near the mall now has the really ugly signs being held by some guy who looks like he might be homeless? The more adventurous ones actually spin the signs when the light turns red.

I think its so ugly and unpleasant to look at, especially in the upscale area of Southpark. Is there anything we can do about it before this turns into Las Vegas or other cities that have these guys standing on every corner? Please, please don’t shop at the stores that use these methods of advertisement.

I have attached a picture I took yesterday. This guy was on the corner of Sharon Rd. and Morrison Rd. near the mall.

(note: I am not mad at the guys that have to hold the signs for probably less then min. wage, I am mad at the store owners that think this cheap type of advertising might apeal to the Southpark consumer).
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What’s with the sign holders – sign spinners in Southpark?-image_188.jpg  
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Old 02-23-2009, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Near the water
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I don't go over to that area very often anymore but from my experience and what I have seen those types of signs/advertising are used when a store is closing.
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Old 02-23-2009, 01:01 PM
 
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sign of the times (no pun intended) of going out of bsiness sales. i was wondering about this as well and what i figured is that its illegal for business to jst stick a sign in the ground, but its not illegal for a person to stand there and hold them.

My wife said she saw a young teen girl holding a sign for massages there at Cotswold. Not sure about that choice....

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Old 02-23-2009, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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Not sure about Charlotte, but a lot of those guys get more than minimum wage. I just read an article about a guy in NY (not NYC) that gets $10 an hour. I got $12 an hour doing it in CA and that was 12 years ago.

If you don't like them you should visit a city council meeting and try to get them banned. I usually have seen them for liquidiation sales and if the company is in straits that dire chances are they would do anything to get people in.
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Old 02-23-2009, 01:14 PM
 
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Naa I would not try and do something about it if they are advertising and have a job. These days its a blessing. Times are tough and stores are going under. Now if the signs read 'XXX this way' then I might would agree lol.
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Old 02-23-2009, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Near the water
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Naa I would not try and do something about it if they are advertising and have a job. These days its a blessing. Times are tough and stores are going under. Now if the signs read 'XXX this way' then I might would agree lol.



I agree with you.
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Old 02-23-2009, 01:18 PM
 
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I got offered to hold those signs in college for $15/hr on the weekends. If it wasn't 30 degrees out that winter then I would have been one of them.

I've only noticed those signs are for liquidation sales, when those sales are complete, then the sign holders go away until the next big store goes under.
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Old 02-23-2009, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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I got offered to hold those signs in college for $15/hr on the weekends. If it wasn't 30 degrees out that winter then I would have been one of them.

I've only noticed those signs are for liquidation sales, when those sales are complete, then the sign holders go away until the next big store goes under.
For $15 an hour I might look into doing it now. 10 hours a week would give me an extra car payment.

The one that I did for was for new housing. We were supposed to flip and twirl the sign to get people to look.
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Old 02-23-2009, 01:37 PM
 
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You do understand that those people are standing out there in seriously cold weather as you sit in your nice warm car??? Give me a break
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Old 02-23-2009, 02:50 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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It may look tacky but as others have said - someone is getting paid a wage and that is a good thing. So I wouldn't complain about it.

When I see someone out w/ an advertising sign, I wave, LOL. I would want people to be pleasant if that were my son or daughter standing out in the cold trying to make a few bucks.
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