Maybe I am wrong but my first thought upon seeing this was, only in England.
There are ways of phrasing things to make them sound less like commands and more like gentle suggestions…don’t you know.
And I am back in Boyes department store in Bradford. Will this place ever stop giving? 😉
And I am in the ladies. This is a euphemism for loo, toilet, lavatory.
Not surprisingly the men’s loo is called the gents.
To enter the ‘ladies’ you have to get a key from a member of staff.
Not sure why unless they have had a spate of bog roll, sorry, toilet tissue thefts…
So. I am safely ensconced in one of the two cubicles (if I have the only key, no-one will be joining me) and see this notice on the back of the cubicle door.
Ha! Sounds like something straight out of Jeeves and Wooster. I say, old chap, do refrain from smoking, there’s a good fellow! Or whatever the female equivalent would be.
I will have one more trip to Boyes in Bradford. I will see what I can find.