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'Rambo' sign man told: Buzz off, dummy

29th October 2010 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander.

A mannequin dubbed 'Rambo' has been told to leave a street in Kendal because its health and safety signage could be dangerous.

The Rambo Lunch Man has been propped up against a lamppost on the town's high street for five months, the Westmorland Gazette reports.

It's all part of a marketing effort to promote Christian Hoyle's food shop, Lunch, with Rambo carrying a sign pointing people in the direction of the eatery.

With 529 followers on Facebook, and a popular reputation with locals and tourists, Mr Hoyle was disappointed to hear that Rambo has been told the leave the streets.

A member of Capita Symons, which oversees the street on behalf of the local council, told the shop owner that the dummy and its sign must go because it could be an obstruction.

"While the sign was at a safe height for pedestrians it appeared to have been hit by a vehicle and we have a duty to ensure that the highway is free of potential obstructions," a Cumbria highways spokesperson told the newspaper.

"In the current financial situation, we are struggling like everyone else and we need to promote ourselves," Mr Hoyle was reported as saying.

Kendal is one of the most popular places in Cumbria, with a multitude of shops, pubs, stunning walks and scenery.


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