I took this picture a few days ago for several reasons:
1. It’s hilarious.
2. It’s the perfect example of human nature. Doing exactly what you’re told not to do.
3. It’s very pretty, in a strange sort of way. A small, colorful art installation in a sea of beige office supplies.
4. The helpfully cheerful “OK!” written in marker at the end of the sign asking not to write with the markers made me smile because I can’t even tell if it’s sarcastic or not. Either way, it’s fantastic.
5. It’s both beautiful and ugly and messy and probably slightly illegal. And, yes, it’s a pain in the ass to clean it up but technically Staples is getting a free advertisement right here and it’s an advertisement designed by all of mankind. Or at least, all of mankind who was given a marker at that particular Staples. Everyone wins. And no one wins. I’m not quite sure. And that’s life.