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California city tries humor to keep butts out of parks

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 04:28 a.m. HST, Jul 10, 2013



GLENDALE, Calif. » It's not the kind of sign you usually see at a park: "''Our deer don't smoke in your backyard. Please don't smoke in theirs."

But the Los Angeles foothill suburb of Glendale hopes such jokes will do a serious job and keep smokers from trashing local parks and trails.

The Los Angeles Times says 18 humorous signs were put up in April throughout the Verdugo and San Rafael mountains, at the Glendale Sports Complex and Deukmejian Wilderness Park.

Other samples: "Do not throw cigarette butts on the ground. Our squirrels are getting cancer" and "Smokers will be fed to the bears."

Smoking is banned on city trails and parks but the city doesn't have enough workers to patrol every trail.







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Pocho wrote:
why make laws you cannot enforce, this reminds me of parents driving their kids to school. They see the No Left Turn sign into the schools driveway during posted hours but they do make the left turn still. Parents instill the teachings before even before classes start or after classes are done going home. The lesson kids learn from parents early on in life is that if there are rules but if there's no authority to enforce it, you don't need to follow it.
on July 10,2013 | 07:00AM
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