YOU ARE BEEN WATCH
DO THE CRIME DO THE TIME;
Although it bears a striking resemblance to the immoderately moderated Wannabeens-R-Us blog, this phrase is not posted in that fractured locale as a biddy's warning to gremlins huffing sewer gas.
It also isn’t a direct quote from Dan “Them People” Coffey, although he's been capable of worse.
Rather, it is a warning to shoplifters, as posted throughout a business near here.
Yes, I know; the trognonymous apologists will be hammering me (again) for even bringing things like this up, but shouldn’t there be at least a modicum of respect for the language hereabouts?
Unless, of course, the example cited isn’t non-ironic illiteracy at all. Instead, perhaps we are to regard it as shtick in the time-honored manner of the Beverly Hillbillies and the down-home chain restaurant PoFolks (the official eatery of “Freedom of Speech”).
Or, it might be a lyric from a country song, a tag line from the Cable Guy, or some other popular usage that he eluded me.
Do you tell a guy that his zipper’s down, or hope he notices before too many people laugh?
Or do you just laugh when it becomes evident that showing his underwear is an intentional fashion statement?