Apparently not everyone is quite so neighborly! This sign is so wrong on so many levels. First of all, if you possess a driver’s license, drive a vehicle and park at this restaurant, you should be responsible enough to know to lock up. Secondly, should only the cars be locked? What about trucks, SUVs, vans and other vehicles? Thirdly, how hard is it going to be to lug all your valuables, (laptop, MP3, cell phone, CDs, guitar, luggage, spare tire, battery, etc.) into this restaurant while you have a nice “relaxing” meal? And, fourthly, taking the sign literally, wouldn’t it be very difficult to first lock your vehicle, then remove your valuables? Or, do they mean, lock it, unlock it to get your stuff – then, should you lock it back? What’s the point of that? There’s nothing there to get now.
Not only is this sign a sad commentary on the state of our society, but is also a fine example of the laxities in writing which are so common. If I were the sign writer, I would have worded it “Remove your valuables and lock your vehicle”. Or maybe, “This is a bad part of town, you don’t want to be here after dark, and for Pete’s sake, don’t leave anything unattended if you hope to ever see it again!” I guess that would be a neighborly way to convey the right message.
You can be sure He and She are always careful to secure their valuables. They always make sure to lock the house when they leave us alone!