Leaving the street festival, I was waiting at the crosswalk near a family of four.
"Wait," the crosswalk voice chanted. "Wait."
"Mom, the pole is talking to us," said the boy, about 9 years old.
Just then, the light changed.
"Walk...walk...walk," said the pole.
"How stupid is that?" the mother ranted. "The government is spending our tax dollars on that stupid thing telling us when to cross? I can't believe they spent money on that! What is the point of that?"
"Um...it's for the blind," I mumbled.
"Oh! Oh! Oh!" The woman covered her face in her hands. "Oh, that makes sense...I thought..."
"Not everything is a conspiracy to waste your tax money," said her husband, smirking.