For many years the owners of the Stop & Shop Pep Boys Savers Plaza near Webster Square used to have its entrance & exits arranged British-style so that one had to drive on the left to get in or out of the plaza. This failed to attract much international commerce, unfortunately, so they turned their attentions to domestic and interstellar commerce. A short while ago the owners swapped the in & out signs to conform with American driving standards, but conveniently pointed the exit sign skyward to help those bargain-hunting extraterrestrials get back to the mothership after a long afternoon of shopping the plaza for cheap tools and second-hand earthling shoes. Evidently aliens only shop on certain days of the week, so the landlords took to straightening the sign angles once in a while.
Unfortunately, the sign-swapping machinations may have alienated the extraterrestrials — whether because they prefer consistent signage or maybe they prefer to drive their space shuttles on the left like the British. Perhaps Savers & Harbor Freight Tools experienced a downturn in sales without the left-driving aliens stopping by. Worcester landlords are nothing if not accommodating, however, and the signs have now been swapped back, complete with rakish entry & exit trajectories indicated.
If you spot any strange looking creatures wandering the streets of Worcester in need of a wardrobe upgrade, tell ’em the plaza’s back open for business. Or if their warp drive is on the blink, I’m sure Harbor Freight can sell ’em what they need. We’re all about getting the tourist dollars here in the Dirty Woo. They can even get their space suits laundered & enjoy some Asian cuisine while they’re there.