Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Company's Humorous Bid to Keep Kids Safe Not So Funny for Parents

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Company's Humorous Bid to Keep Kids Safe Not So Funny for Parents

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Attempt at humour not so funny for parents

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WINNIPEG - 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 about the language, 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. …

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