COMICAL BID TO KEEP KIDS SAFE NOT SO FUNNY FOR PARENTS
A Winnipeg business is apologizing after a humorous attempt to discourage parents from dropping off their children on its property to attend a nearby elementary school backfired. The sign posted outside Parenty Reitmeier Translation Services initially contained the words “This is not a drop-off zone” written inside the shape of a stop sign with a separate phrase below that read: “Children left here will be eaten.” A parent and the Louis Riel School Division complained, which prompted the company to cover the word children on Wednesday and the entire phrase soon after. Business owner Jean-Pierre Parenty says the sign was put up after years of asking parents not to use his private lot as a drop-off zone because of numerous near accidents. Parenty says he has since ordered a new sign to be a good neighbour.