Farmer John lived on a peaceful, quiet rural highway. But, as time
went by, the traffic slowly built up to an alarming rate. The
traffic was so heavy and so fast that his chickens were being run
over at a rate of three to six a day.
So one day Farmer John called the sheriff’s office and said, “You’ve
got to do something about all of these people driving so fast and
killing all of my chickens.”
“What do you want me to do?” asked the sheriff.
“I don’t care, just do something about those crazy drivers!”
So the next day the sheriff had the county workers go out and
erected a sign that said:
SLOW: SCHOOL CROSSING
Three days later Farmer John called the sheriff and said, “You’ve
still got to do something about these drivers. The school crossing
sign didn’t help at all.”
So, again, the sheriff sent out the county workers and they put up a
SLOW: CHILDREN AT PLAY
That didn’t help any more than the school crossing sign. So Farmer
John called again, and the sheriff tried a new sign that didn’t
work. This went on every few days for the next three weeks.
Finally, Farm John told the sheriff, “Your signs are doing no good.
Can I put up my own sign?”
The sheriff, glad to get Farmer John off his back said, “Sure thing,
put up your own sign.”
The sheriff got no more calls from Farmer John. A few weeks later,
curiosity go the best of the sheriff, and he decided to give Farmer
John a call.
“How’s the problem with those drivers. Did you put up your sign?”
“Oh, I sure did, and it’s worked like a charm. Not one chicken has
been killed since. ”
He hung up the phone.
The sheriff was really curious now and he thought to himself, “I’d
better go out there and take a look at that sign… it might be
something that WE could use to slow down drivers…”
So the sheriff drove out to Farmer John’s house, and his jaw dropped
the moment he saw the sign. It was spray-painted on a sheet of wood:
Go slow and watch for chicks!