Zombie warning on road sign prank not funny, Portland officials say

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 11, 2012, at 12:26 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — City commuters may have gotten a chuckle out of a Zombie warning message board on a road sign Wednesday morning, but Portland officials weren’t laughing.

City spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said a prankster or pranksters changed the message on an electronic construction message board on Auburn Street to read: “Warning zombies ahead!”

“These are not toys,” Clegg said. “They are used for safety reasons.”

The construction messageboard on Auburn Street had been advising motorists of repaving work that is being done on nearby Allen Avenue, Clegg said.

Clegg said it is unclear what the motives were, but she warned residents that tampering with such equipment can result in charges of criminal mischief or criminal invasion, both Class D misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail.

Clegg said Peter’s Construction, which is handling the project on Allen Avenue, quickly reverted the message on the board.

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