A telegraph operator with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works says it has come up with a simple, yet effective way to tell whether or not your favorite supermarket is open: the white box.
“It is basically a small piece of paper with a little sign on it that reads ‘open,'” said LDPW public works director Chris Lott, who said the sign is the most effective way of telling if the store is operating at full capacity.
This sign is usually hung on a bulletin board in the store, where customers can see if the shop is open and/or if the customers have left, he said.
Lott said he’s seen the sign get used in some stores to alert customers to the fact that the store was closed, and he said he has been surprised by the positive reaction it has generated.
The sign, which reads “Open at all times,” is posted in the window and is made of a thick sheet of white paper.
It is meant to be seen, but the operator can easily change it to look like the sign in the middle of the store or even in the back of the checkout line, depending on how busy it is, Lott said.
He said if a customer leaves the store at any time, the sign will turn red and alert shoppers to that fact.
A customer walks by a white box in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 29, 2020.
REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson “I think it’s really important for people to know they can see that it is open,” Lott added.
“I think that people like it, they think it is really useful.”
A spokesperson for the store told Reuters the sign was installed at a recent location to warn customers that it was not open, and that customers would not be asked to leave.