Examples: [Collected via e-mail, June 2007]
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These hard working men are installing and setting solid steel pillars in concrete to stop vehicles from parking on the pavement outside a sports bar in downtown Norman, OK. They are cleaning up at the end of the day.
Dublin builders putting in bollards - do you see a problem here?
Origins: The iconic image used to represent the concept of "failure to plan ahead" is a picture of the hapless homeowner who, on the verge of completing the task of painting or refinishing a floor, discovers that he has worked himself into a corner of the room from which there is no escape without treading all over his newly-finished floor. The photograph displayed above is another purported expression of this concept: Workmen installing bollards (i.e., short posts used for excluding or diverting motor vehicles) fail to notice that they've enclosed their van within the barrier they've just created and thus will be unable to leave without dismantling part of their work.
A few things about the claimed interpretations of the photograph don't ring true, however. First off, the picture has typically been accompanied by text placing it in a
Additionally, it isn't possible to distinguish from this single still photo whether the workmen shown were actually in the process of installing the bollards when the picture was taken, or whether they were peforming some other type of work at a site where bollards had previously been put in place. But either way, this image isn't an example of poor planning, and their van isn't trapped in place.
Contrary to common belief, bollards are not all immovable posts cemented into holes in the ground, removable only with a good deal of excavation work. The bollards shown in the above photo are a type that are screwed into sockets set at or below ground level, and thus they are easily removed, swapped, or replaced with blanking caps:
Last updated: 14 January 2014