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An April Fools Joke That Sends A Message In Center City

By Mike Dougherty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – An official texting lane is installed across the street from Philadelphia City Hall, along JFK Boulevard. It’s an April Fools joke meant to send a message.

The lines painted on the sidewalk here are an ironic way to point out the dangers of texting while walking. The joke went right over the heads, or under the feet, of people walking through the lane until it was explained to them.

“I think it’s funny for April Fools. It’s a great idea.”

“If they’re texting, they’re not going to see it.”

Steve was willing to admit what most wouldn’t.

“I walk around and text myself.”

Reporter: “Have you ever walked into traffic or a pole?”

“Yeah, yeah I have.”

Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler says the lines will be there for about a week.

“It’s a very serious campaign for distracted pedestrians, so there will be on going PSAs.”

She says she sees near misses on Philadelphia streets every single day because people aren’t paying attention.

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  • Chrobry

    Mr. Mayor & City Council! DHS Social Workers are waiting 4 & 5 years for a fair cost of living increase to save children which they do diligently every day and you spit at the public’s intelligence. Forget the paint. How much did the work cost including the rumble strips at the lane’s edges? Just as much of a waste as the Ridge Avenue in Roxborough sidewalk improvement project of sidewalks that weren’t that bad, or the $60,000 per year raise given to Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. Go fix a bridge, or something because AMERICA IS STARTING TO LOOK LIKE A JOKE!!!

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  • JC

    The City of Philadelphia, already in financial distress, needed to spend money painting lines on the sidewalk to send a message about people texting? Thank you for wasting my taxes.

  • Fa m b ly Valu es

    The MSM reported this as a true story yesterday. A gullible bunch of fools.

  • Hater

    An April Fools Joke That Sends A Message that the mayor’s priorities are messed up.

  • davecalabro

    Ridiculous, do we need a test to prove you’re smart enough to text and walk at the same time? I text and while all the time, never crashed into anything, not stupid enough to walk across the street without looking, and still am aware of my surroundings. I’m no super genius but some people just don’t have the brain power for doing 2+ things at once.

  • Francis Graff

    What do they do in City Hall all day?? The real joke is them.

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