Singapore takes the no eating signs to a whole new level with its ban on durians at train stations.
The moment I saw this sign at a train station I thought it was a joke to amuse tourists. Known as the “Fine City” for providing a variety of reasons for one to get in trouble, Singapore does cash in with its prohibiting signs (look at these magnets!). And which tourist would miss the chance of taking a photo next to a real sign forbidding a fruit?!
But it might be no joke after all. Yes, the prohibition sign which without a caption might as well be saying no to bombs is really banishing a fruit. But this is no innocent fruit… Durians are known to be very stinky – and only delectable to South East Asians – so I’m sure you wouldn’t enjoy a train ride sitting next to it.
The reason why I still think there’s a chance this isn’t a real prohibition is that there’s no fine stipulated under it (even though the souvenir magnets say $500) – and in the Fine City, if it’s forbidden, a fine should be paid!
So what do you think would happen to someone bringing a durian into a Singaporean train station? Have you ever seen a sign forbidding a fruit before?