Deli ‘warns’ officers of police presence with sign that reads: ‘The officer is hiding behind this sign’
Deli tries to warn drivers to slow down near an accident site with a message that reads ‘The cop is hiding behind this sign’ only for officers to oblige and park their cruiser behind it!
- The sign was posted outside PJ’s Deli, Catering and Bakery in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh
- The humorous warning in large, black block letters reads: ‘Slow down… The cop is hiding behind this sign’
- Deli owner Pam Wheat says the sign is intended to prevent accidents in a nearby area where she sees them ‘almost daily’
- The Bridgeville Police Department posted the sign on their Facebook page
- Their reaction? ‘Well… I guess the jokes about us!! SMH Good PJ’s Deli!!’ complete with smiling and face palm emojis
- Bridgeville Police Chief Chad King said the sign ‘shows we can laugh at ourselves’
- The deli has put up other funny signs, including one that reads ‘If you’re reading this sign don’t pay attention to the road’
An ironic message outside a deli in western Pennsylvania warns drivers of police presence to discourage speeding. Law enforcement officers gave it a thumbs up after sharing it on social media.
The humorous warning outside PJ’s Deli, Catering and Bakery, in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, reads, “Calm down… The cop is hiding behind this sign” in large, black block letters.
the police Posted a picture of the sign on Facebook last week with smiling and face palm emojis and the caption: ‘Well…I guess the jokes are on us!! SMH Good PJ’s Deli!!’
The ironic sign is intended as a warning to motorists in Bridgeville near Pittsburgh
Deli owner Pam Wheat told Fox 5 Atlanta that the notice is intended to stop a real problem.
‘We see accidents on our corner almost every day because it’s a bad intersection, but [the police] don’t use my property to hide, so you can get that secret out of the bag,” Wheat said.
The sandwich shop is located at the intersection of Bower Hill Road and McLaughlin Run Road in Bridgeville, about 13 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.
The police checked the sign themselves.
PJ’s Deli, Catering and Bakery Owner Pam Wheat Says Seeing ‘Almost Daily’ Accidents Nearby
“It was meant as a joke, and they came and parked a cruiser behind the sign and took their own photo,” Wheat said.
“I loved this because it shows that we can laugh at ourselves,” Bridgeville Police Chief Chad King said.
“I think there is a stigma that police officers are robotic, and I like to show that we are good with the public and that we like to have a good relationship with the public.”
“It shows we can laugh at ourselves,” Police Chief Chad King said after his department posted a photo of the sign on his Facebook page.
Wheat seems to have a knack for eye-catching signs, which may or may not undermine its goal of keeping drivers’ eyes on the road.
“Come and try the worst food you’ll ever eat in your life,” said a girl on Facebook,” reads a sign posted in July 2020.
“I would eat here,” says the owner,” someone says in November.
Wheat has a talent for striking signs
Rounding out the public service announcements for safe driving, one from September last year says, “If you’re reading this sign, you’re not paying attention to the road.”
The deli’s Facebook page has been posting news stories about the sign since an article was first published in the local news last week.
“Looks like we made the news from coast to coast with this,” read a lees after on the Saturday sandwich shop’s Facebook page.