When it comes to giving instructions, getting the wording right requires careful consideration. At least when you're contending with the likes of the people below, who have captured what following instructions literally can look like.

Here are some of our favourites.

1. Smoking area

The addition of an arrow prompted this man to climb the pole to comply with the sign's instructions.

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2.Bicycle parking

Technically, the owner of this bike is not in the wrong. Authorities may have a different view.

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3. Concrete cuddles

What happens when you interpret a sign intended for vehicles.

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4. Cake mistakes

Perhaps over the phone instructions aren't the best form of communication for cake decorators.

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5. Sharp objects

Surely a mallet is fine then.

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6. Complimentary doesn't exactly mean free

At what point can theft be excused because of confusion over signage?

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7. Breaking bad

Similarly, can a sign be blamed for inciting vandalism?

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8. Name the shapes

Because Sam is far easier to spell than parallelogram.

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- nzherald.co.nz