A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from July 29, 2020
“At the store there was a big X by the register for me to stand on…” (joke)

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic resulted in social distancing. Many stores placed “X” markers on the ground for people to stand on, but it reminded many people of the Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner cartoons, where the “X” was for Wile E. Coyote to attack when the Road Runner steps on it. 

“While at the store. (An “X” on the floor is shown.—ed.) Nope, I’m not gonna fall for this old trick… I’ve seen too many Road Runner cartoons!” was posted on Twitter by Victor “Big Daddy” Zaragoza on May 2, 2020. “At the store there was an X marked on the floor by the register for me to stand. Sorry folks, not gonna happen. I’ve seen too many Road Runner cartoons to fall for that crap. #SocialDistancing #coronavirus #COVID19” was posted on Twitter by Barry L. Camp on May 5, 2020.

The saying has been printed on many images.


Wikipedia: 2019-20 coronavirus outbreak
The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China, in December 2019, and was recognised as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020.

Wikipedia: Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner
Wile E. Coyote (also known simply as “the Coyote") and the Road Runner are a duo of cartoon characters from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. In each episode, the cunning, insidious and constantly hungry Coyote repeatedly attempts to catch and subsequently eat the Road Runner, a fast-running ground bird, but is never successful. Instead of his animal instincts, the Coyote uses absurdly complex contraptions (sometimes in the manner of Rube Goldberg) to try to catch his prey, which comically backfire, with the Coyote often getting injured in slapstick fashion. Many of the items for these contrivances are mail-ordered from a variety of companies that are all named Acme.

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Victor “Big Daddy” Zaragoza
@BigDaddyZSports
While at the store…
Nope, I’m not gonna fall for this old trick… I’ve seen too many Road Runner cartoons!
(An “X” on the floor is shown.—ed.)
9:31 PM · May 2, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Barry L. Camp
@blcamp
At the store there was an X marked on the floor by the register for me to stand. Sorry folks, not gonna happen. I’ve seen too many Road Runner cartoons to fall for that crap. #SocialDistancing #coronavirus #COVID19
8:30 PM · May 5, 2020·Twitter for iPad

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Jeni Rock
@JeniRock42
I went to the grocery store today and saw an Cross mark on the floor, near the register.
I guess I was supposed to stand there, but I’ve seen too many Road Runner cartoons to fall for that crap.
8:55 PM · May 5, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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donnia
@donnia68
At the store there was an X on the floor for me to stand on.....
I’ve seen too many Road Runner cartoons to fall for that crap!
10:37 PM · May 5, 2020·Twitter for Android

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Nicole Sahaj-Myers
May 5, 2020 ·
At the store, by the register, there was a big red X for me to stand on. I’ve seen too many road runner cartoons to fall for that crap! 🤣

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Dana
@Daisyks12
At the store there was a big X by the register for me to stand on.
I have seen too many Road Runner cartoons to fall for that crap
7:29 PM · May 7, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Jesus H Christ
@officialHJesus
At the store earlier and there was a big X by the register. I’ve seen too many Road Runner cartoons to fall for that…
2:16 PM · May 9, 2020·Twitter for Android

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Nobie
@thenobieg
At the store there was a big X by the register for me to stand on… I’ve seen too many Road Runner cartoons to fall for that one!
3:12 PM · May 11, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Country Acres Crafts with Eva Ketcham
May 25, 2020 ·
At the store there was a big X by the register for me to stand on....
I’ve see too many Road Runner cartoons to fall for that one…

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Bob Kostic
@causticbob
can’t fool me
At the store there was a big X by the register for me to stand on. I’ve seen too many Road Runner cartoons to fall for that crap.
6:10 PM · Jul 30, 2020·Twitter Web App

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Wednesday, July 29, 2020 • Permalink