Farmer's Sign...

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Posted by Darleen ( on March 16, 2001 at 11:07:22:

A farmer lived on a quiet rural highway. But, as time went
by, the traffic slowly built up at an alarming rate. The
traffic was so heavy and so fast that his chickens were being
run over at a rate of three to six a day. So one day he called
the sheriff's office and said, You've got to do something about
all of these people driving so fast and killing all of my

"What do you want me to do?" asked the sheriff.

"I don't care, just do something about those drivers."

So the next day he had the county go out and put up a sign
that said:


Three days later the farmer called the sheriff and said,
"You've got to do something about these drivers. The 'school
crossing' sign seems to make them go faster." So, again,
the sheriff sends out the county and they put up a new sign:


And that really sped them up. So the farmer called and called and
called everyday for three weeks. Finally, he asked the sheriff,
"Your signs are doing no good. Is it all right for me to put up
my own sign?"

The sheriff told him, "Sure thing, put up your own sign." He
was going to let the farmer do just about anything in order to
have him stop calling. Well, the sheriff got no more calls
from the farmer.

Three weeks after the farmers last call, the sheriff decided to
call him. "How's the problem with those drivers. Did you put
up your sign?"

"Oh, I sure did. And not one chicken has been killed since
then. I've got to go. I'm very busy." And he hung up the
phone. The sheriff thought to himself, "I'd better go to that
farmer's house and look at that sign... There might be
something there that WE could use to slow down drivers..."

So the sheriff drove out to the farmer's house, and he saw
the sign. It was a whole sheet of plywood. And written in
large yellow letters were the words:


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