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The 'Department of Pedestrian Etiquette' Targets Clueless NYC Walkers

Under the (sadly fake) decree, sidewalk violators would be denied permission to re-enter the city for 5 years.
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In New York City, walking is serious business. And if you’re a newcomer to the town where foot traffic rules, the NYC Department of Pedestrian Etiquette would like you to know that you might very well be doing it wrong:

The spoof sign with these instructions, spotted by an East Village resident named Katherine on East Seventh Street, was highlighted by the beloved neighborhood blog EV Grieve. It announces the establishment of “an oral and practical exam” for newcomers and tourists. Failure to pass this exam, according to the flyer, will result in failure to secure a pedestrian permit and “denial of permission to enter the city for a period of no less than one year.”