Sandwich Boards Banned

14Jul08

Sandwich Boards Banned

Westminster City Council plans to put an end to advertising via sandwich Boards in an effort to “improve the ambiance” of it’s busiest shopping areas. Fines of up to £2,500 will be leveled at those who employ people to hold the signs. Mobile advertisers have been a typical sight in areas such as Covent Garden and Oxford Street since the early 19th century. They are sometimes paid only £4 per hour.

Standing around for 8 hours a day holding a sign must be one of the least fulfilling jobs available. Many of those employed to do so have few qualifications or skills meaning they must suffer the indignity of acting as a mobile billboard. I wonder if those who will now find themselves unemployed will receive any support to find other work? Looking at the massive selection of job titles on various job sites there must be other opportunities available to them. Perhaps there will be vacancies which are suitable for those with very few skills.

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2 Responses to “Sandwich Boards Banned”

  1. 1 hautepocket

    Aww but I LOVE sandwich boards! Have you seen the episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm where Larry David must wear one that says “I’m a thief” because he tried to borrow a restaurant flatware set for his limo driver to use while he waited in the car? Hilarious.

    P.S. Thanks for the comment and stopping by my blog! I would love to ad you to my blogroll if you’d so kindly return the favor. :)

  2. Will do :)


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