Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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"On Our Way Out, Sorry For The Inconvenience"

Easy-pull signboard to display while dragging your 2-year-old to the exit
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If you're embarrassed because your two-year old is wailing at the top of his lungs and every step towards the crowded store's door 50 yards away is seeming like an eternity, simply pull the eponymous sign out from your pocket. It's a spring-loaded, pleated sign on a stick that works a bit like an umbrella. Pull it out, press the button and a large-print two-sided sign unfolds effortlessly, bearing the caption described above. Hold the sign proudly with one hand while you maneuver your crying little offspring with the other.
phundug, Dec 05 2005


       I have a 2 year old?? Well I'll be darned.   

       Also would work whilst stumbling drunk and stupid out of any drinking establishment or church.
sleeka, Dec 05 2005

       'Children should be seen, but not heard.'   Was a fine adage in its day, but in today's society we must consider the effects of crowding. I therefore propose a sign that merchants may, at their option, display at a store's entrance. The sign would be the universal red circle with a diagonal stripe signifying 'not allowed', over a rear view of one of those shopping lorries with the two leg holes (aka "jam jar suicide holes").   

       My reasoning is, that to display "no children or juvenile justice clients admitted" would violate certain public access laws.
reensure, Dec 05 2005

       Why do you need a sign? For the deaf?   

       <ot> My favorite sign in a restaurant in Santa Cruz is "Unsupervised children will be sold as slaves"</ot>   

       I sympathize, with a 2-yr-old as well. But I guess I've always been easy to find a quick exit. Must be the ninja training.
sophocles, Dec 05 2005

       [Sophocles], you've been to SC? I live there.   

       Anyway, I can see the technology being expanded to other situations as well, basically anytime you'd like to publically express an opinion at a moments notice. Suggestion: Sign on your car that says "Sorry, my fault" or some such.
5th Earth, Dec 06 2005

       Cute, and I am sure a welcome item for toddler parents. Yes definitely, bun. [+]   

       I'm not kidding when I say I would like a sign for myself: "Caution: Bad mood. Nothing personal, please move along, thank you."   

       Though, with people I know, the corresponding face kinda serves the same purpose. Aforementioned sign would be for the public at large.
Zuzu, Dec 06 2005

       "On my way out - Sorry about the vomit."
Great when you're escorting around drunk friends. [+]
Letsbuildafort, Dec 06 2005

       I don't have any children. But someone recently expressed profound embarrassment, so I whipped up an idea out of sympathy.   

       It also might make disciplining easier: carry a sign that says "I'm a bad boy" with an arrow pointing to the child. If he/she acts up, say "Don't make me pull out the sign!"
phundug, Dec 06 2005

       //...with an arrow pointing to the child...//
Isn't that psychological abuse? Ya know - like chasing your kid around with the vaccum cleaner turned on when you KNOW they're terrified of the vaccum cleaner? Or chores?
Letsbuildafort, Dec 06 2005

       Seeing the parent drag the bratty kid out of the store is an apology enough for me. Most parents will just let their kid stand there and scream his guts out.
Jscotty, Dec 06 2005

       [LBAF], tell me about it. I still have nightmares about that damned vacuum cleaner.
hidden truths, Dec 06 2005

       [Pa've]: Not all churches recognise Communion. Not all churchgoers are Communicants.
angel, Dec 06 2005

       Not all kids deserve 'The Sign'.
What kid wouldn't want the option of deploying a sign that says "Because this co*****ker says so"?
reensure, Dec 06 2005

       How about an easily-deployed anechoic chamber just big enough for the wee tearaway? Can be whipped out of the handbag and dropped on him/her at a moment's notice. Could be, rather.
moomintroll, Dec 06 2005

       Would work better as a T-Shirt (or hat)....   

       "Dont panic, Mummy's just taking me outside for a slap!"
TrapCheese, Dec 07 2005

       There should be a sign that profusely apologizes for lazy parents who don't take 5 minutes out of their shopping time to take their babies to the restroom to change their shitty diapers.
Machiavelli, Dec 07 2005


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