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'Human directionals' becoming more common

Original post made on Aug 23, 2010

Sign-spinning advertisements, also known as "human directionals," are frequent sights on street corners throughout the Midpeninsula. Once relegated to unsold condos and new home developments, sign spinners now point to a variety of business activities, such as oil changes, mattress sales or restaurant openings.

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Comments (7)

Posted by Jes' Sayin', a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 23, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Employing humans to do jobs monkey robots could do. Great.


Posted by Bruce Karney, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 23, 2010 at 6:21 pm

The thing I find most interesting about the "spinners" is that some of them are truly engaged in their work and perform with such verve it's almost impossible to ignore them. Others are literally just going through the motions.

I think "spinning" is a new form of theater. This could be a good part time gig for someone who wants to explore a career in the performing arts. "My one-man show was seen by thousands" would make a good resume line.

(For pure enthusiasm it's hard to beat middle-schoolers trying to drum up business for a charity car wash.)


Posted by Sal, a resident of The Crossings
on Aug 24, 2010 at 11:19 am

I bet that Monkey Robots are more costly than Humans...

Also, the human factor is part of the experience. I don't think a sign rocked back and forth by a machine would get as many views.


Posted by Tom, a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 25, 2010 at 9:58 pm

I somewhat dislike them, only in that they are a distraction to passing motorists and often cause traffic problems, and they usually block the sidewalk to pedestrians.


Posted by Roman, a resident of another community
on Aug 26, 2010 at 12:51 am

Shout out to the Little Caesar at the corner of El Camino and San Antonio in Mountain View. I've yet to try their pizza but that goofy costume never fails to make me giggle.


Posted by justin morris, a resident of another community
on Oct 13, 2010 at 9:56 am

media nation is suppost to pay 4 friends and myself in jacksonville fl but we have yet 2 see any money 4 our services so before u waste time and money contact bbb and make sure ur not getting scamed


Posted by Lorie, a resident of another community
on Jul 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm

I hold a sign in El Paso, Tx for a Payday Loan Company. I work 35 hours a week wearing my sign. I have two college degrees and am not stupid as some people assume I am. My sign wearing job gives me a good income in a bad economy and helps me support my two children and am not on welfare!I like my career and do the best i can each and every day.Sign wavers and spinners make an honest living and i am not ashamed to be earning a paycheck to. I am not ashamed of any signholders and I enjoy this job.


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