No software left on this site overnight

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Don’t break in. Please. There’s nothing here, honest.

I was driving behind a van today that proudly supported the following message on the rear door:

No tools are left in this vehicle overnight

I’m never sure to whom that platitude is aimed; is it to disavow any backlash on the company if the tools do happen to be stolen, or is it to deter stupid thieves?

Either way, it’s pretty ridiculous to entertain the notion that an overalled, greasy, hungry engineer who gets home at 6pm is going to spend half an hour unloading his van into his hallway, only to have to get up half an hour earlier the next day to put everything back in the transit.

With the best will in the world, that’s not going to happen. And everybody knows it. So why bother going to the expense of making the sign?

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