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Kensington Parkway sign in Md. hacked to say 'Smoke Weed Evryday'

5:23 PM, Jul 31, 2013   |    comments
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courtesy: WUSA 9

KENSINGTON, Md. (WUSA9) -- A co-worker on her way to work from Maryland to Washington, D.C. spotted something odd on Kensington Parkway on Wednesday morning.

She spotted an electronic message sign near Beach Drive that read "Smoke Weed Evryday." She turned around and snapped a photo for us (see above).

We called Montgomery County police about the sign. They didn't know about it initially and started to investigate.

A police spokesperson told us at approximately 9:20 a.m. that the sign was deactivated, and was being reprogrammed.

Wednesday afternoon, we found out that the sign was operated by D & F Construction Co. in Potomac, Md. An employee told us that crews are removing the keyboards used to input the messages as part of measures to prevent this sort of incident from happening again. D & F was doing contracted work with the county.

Of course, hacked road signs aren't new.  In May, a sign in Portland, Oregon  on Southeast 39th Avenue and Grant Street was changed to read "Caution. Gingers ahead."  In 2012, an electronic sign warned of the fiscal cliff ahead while another told drivers that zombies were coming.

Take a look at some other signs that were hacked here, courtesy of Jalopnik: http://on.wusa9.com/13mxlYX

 


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