Posted: Jan 9, 2013 5:41 PM by Mitch Bryan
Updated: Jan 9, 2013 6:56 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Vandals played an early morning prank on drivers headed down Roddfield, after they hacked into a traffic road sign and wrote "Caution Zombies Ahead."
Our Mitch Bryan has managed to confirm that the undead are not swarming the Coastal Bend, but it looks as though the vandals might be in trouble if caught.
This creepy warning did not have drivers running for their lives, instead, it had them slowing down to get a picture or a good look at this late night prank.
"Well, yeah, I noticed it a little while ago there. It's kind of interesting. I guess people can do about anything these days when they get into stuff like that."
Keith Lindley is a Winter Texan who stays at the town homes next to the sign, and he says that kids will be kids.
And though most were enjoying a small chuckle at the prank, the employees from ReyTec Contracting, who operate the sign, were less than amused.
"You know, you're not going to do any good putting this out on the news. It's a stupid story." (Mitch): "Well, we're trying to make sure that they don't do it again." (Employee): "It's a stupid story." (Mitch): "I understand." (Employee): "You're not helping me, you're not helping the public, you're not helping no one."
The workers from ReyTec that came out here to fix the sign told me that sometime during the night, vandals broke into this box to get to the keyboard and change the sign.
Charlie Cardenas, the City Traffic Engineer, tells me that there is one perk to the zombie prank.
"Folks were driving by and did it say what I think it says. And they actually slowed down. In this case, there is an upside to that," said Cardenas.
But he says it could've been much worse.
"They could do something crazy and change the speed limit, or say merge left or something like that. And we could have a terrible accident on our hands," Charlie said.
Cardenas says the vandals could face charges if their identities are discovered.
And he still wants drivers to heed the **real** warnings that flash across these road signs.
"Yes, pay attention to these signs. And don't take them for granted. And if they say something like, that it with a grain of salt but at the same time, we want folks to really pay attention to work zones especially," Cardenas added.
So far, there's no telling exactly how long the message was up for, but we did find a Youtube video by a local resident, that shows the message before the sun was up.
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