Modern Hobo Code

The legendary "hobo code"was a set of covert markings used to warn other hobos about danger or to clue them into good situations. As times have changed, a new set of code symbols have emerged to alert other hobos to circumstances in modern America. Perhaps you have seen them on your own city streets.

Code Symbol Meaning
Open Wireless Network
Used Frying Oil Available for Biodiesel
No-fee ATM
High-fee ATM
GPS will screw you here
Discover Card Accepted
Dishonest ticket scalpers here
Well-stocked bathroom
"Plan B" Contraception available
Vegans Beware
Purell Available
Prostitution Sting
Instant Parking tickets
Companies test market here
The wait is 25 minutes from this point in the line
Agitated Homeless
Dumpster Treasure
Don't watch porn on in-dash DVD here.
Unexpected lawn sprinklers
Buffet of Sample Foods
No Oversight of public transit ticket system
Camera Perverts
Thin Ice
Dog Poop
Olive Trees
Overpriced Drinks
Buskers here may actually be Virtuoso musicians planted by the Washington Post
Check Cashing
The Scotch here is worth hopping for.
Those aren't women
Soylent Green bulldozers

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