TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – Drivers in Hillsborough County were subjected to a road construction sign that was flashing an obscene message after being hacked.
The sign was alerting drivers that lanes will be closed 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday for a road project on Boyette Road near Bell Shoals Road.
While driving home from the drive-in movie theater in Ruskin, Sarah Carpenter saw the message. She was in the car with her 11-year-old brother and 6-year-old son.
“We are driving and I look over and I have to do a double take,” Carpenter told WFTS. “I am like what does that say?”
The sign read: “F*** Her Right In The P****.”
As she tried to merge into an open lane the sign distracted Carpenter. Her brother was in the passenger seat of her car when they passed the sign.
“He’s like, ‘Did that sign say what I think it says?’ And I have my 6-year-old in the back seat trying to sound it out,” she told WFTS.
Carpenter was able to quickly distract her son.
The road project was contracted by Hillsborough County and a spokesperson explained that the signs are not their responsibility. Instead, Acme Barricades is responsible for the signs. A manager explained to WFTS that they have had vandalism problems on this project.
The company changed the passwords and removed the keyboard that was placed at the sign. But there is no lock on the control panel at the sign.
Carpenter shared that she is nervous about driving that route again with her 6-year-old son.
“Don’t want to run into that when he can actually read,” she told WFTS.
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