From the Guardian: The sheer hell of bossy Britain.
Last month, the public address system at Earl’s Court tube station in London was served with a noise abatement order. Passengers, it seems, had had enough of being told the blindingly obvious. "They come over with these bizarre messages that you would know already unless you were simple," says Peter Wakeham, director of the Noise Abatement Society. "’Stand back or the train will run you over.’ ‘Don’t lean on the doors.’ ‘Stand back from the opening doors.’ ‘Mind the gap.’ ‘Do this.’ ‘Don’t do that.’ We don’t need to be told so many obvious things in these deafening ways. It’s not rocket science."
There are reports that some London Underground staff have sensibly decided to satirise the bossy pointlessness of their colleagues’ PA announcements. According to passenger website Going Underground, commuters at Holborn station waiting to board a train were recently told: "This is a train. Get on it. Go home. See you Monday." [continue]