I took a picture of this sign outside a public toilet in a McDonald’s in Mongkok, Hong Kong yesterday. The sign piqued my interest, and I decided to translate it. One thing that I find especially interesting is that the writer of the sign mixes Traditional Characters with Simplified Characters. Maybe the assumption is that Mainland Chinese would be the culprits, but I have no idea. I have pasted the sign’s contents, followed by the transliteration in Mandarin Pinyin, followed by my translation.
zhūwèi wénmíng rénshì cǐ chù dàxiǎoèrbiàn huò xīyān
Ladies and Gentlemen and cultured people. This area you cannot defecate, pee, or smoke in.
jiāng shòu è
It is evil to do so
evil has its retribution karma will self report
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