Do Oakley signs signal a vicious breakup, a silly hoax, or both? - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Do Oakley signs signal a vicious breakup, a silly hoax, or both?

By Richard Todd - email

OAKLEY, OH (FOX19) - A set of of handmade cardboard signs on Edwards Road in Oakley, right across from Rookwood Pavilion, at first sounds like a romantic, if not exactly classy, statement:

The first reads "Erica" and the second reads "Will You Marry Me?"

But things soon take a turn for the worse: The next two signs read "Just Kidding" and "I'm Breaking up with You."  A fifth sign, which appears to have been stolen already, reads "You have 6 days to move out."

The signs started being noticed Wednesday afternoon, with the fifth in the series having disappeared by Wednesday night.

To find out where these signs came from, you might have to look halfway around the world.

That's because on Sept. 28, a nearly identical set of signs appeared in the scenic suburb of Bilgola, Australia, a few miles up the coast from Sydney.  There are slight differences: those signs mention a woman named Jennifer, and anonymous tipsters pointed the Daily Telegraph newspaper to photos of anonymous young men making and posting the signs.

So are the Cincinnati signs life imitating life? A hoax imitating a hoax?  Or life imitating a hoax?  We may never know unless Erica decides to speak up.

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