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Stubby sign post a menace to liquor store customers: The Fixer

Toronto News

The sawed-off stub of a sign post outside an LCBO store is in a good spot to catch the foot of a wobbly customer, or even someone as sober as a judge.

One of the more questionable of city practices is cutting down an old sign post anchored in a sidewalk, and leaving a stub that’s a few inches high, so it can more easily be extracted — like a rotten tooth — later on.

But it is often a long time between the cutting of the post and the extraction, leaving the remnant sticking out of the sidewalk, where it can be tripped over by someone who didn’t see it.

“A post has been badly sawed off, leaving a ragged metal fragment protruding from the sidewalk,” said Gilbert.

“I tripped on this post as I was carrying a bag in my arms and could not see it. It ripped my winter boot, damaging it badly. An almost new pair of $ 80 boots, ruined!”

We went there and found the stub near a fire hydrant north of the liquor outlet, next to a parking lot and across the street from a busy No Frills grocery store.

A wispy piece of fabric dangled from one of the sharp edges, a telltale sign that someone brushed up against it (Gilbert’s boot, perhaps?) and tore their clothing.

There’s a lot of foot traffic in the area, and with the return of snow this winter, it could easily be buried, making it even likelier that someone could stumble over it

STATUS: We got an email Friday from transportation services, saying the stubby post will be investigated and removed ASAP.

UPDATE: Our Jan. 24 column was about T-shirt racks outside discount clothing stores on the west side of Spadina Ave. that create a tight squeeze for pedestrians. A week after we reported it to municipal licensing and standards, we got an email saying it is under investigation. Don’t hurry, we replied.

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