They were meant to bring a bit of joy to people’s lives but sign’s to make people smile must now be taken down.
Signs were put up around the city of Hull but because one of them was offensive about BMW drivers they are being removed.
The city council received a single complaint and ruled that they had been put up ‘without proper permission’.
The signs had been intended to remind people to pick up their litter and dog poo in a fun way.
The sign that caused offence said: ‘If you ever feel that your life is pointless, remember someone has the job of fitting indicators to BMWs.’
Sign creator Phil Tutton said: ‘They are all over Hull, Kingswood, Beverley Road, etc. I hate litter and dog poo everywhere so I just wanted to make people think about their community and environment but without being too serious.
‘This is something I do purely for fun, not to make money. I don’t do it for the publicity, and being a bit anonymous is most of the fun, which is why I don’t have my face on my Facebook page.
‘If anyone was offended by a sign then they need to get a sense of humour as none of them are unpleasant or contain offensive language.
‘Most are just trying to get people to take some pride in their community and the others are just supposed to make people smile.
‘I’d love to know the basis of their complaint. It’s funny that I’ve had nothing but support and encouragement so far. There are some sad people out there.’
After being told about the complaint, made to the Neighbourhood Nuisance Team at Hull City Council, Mr Tutton said he won’t stop making the signs.
He said: ‘Someone needs to get a life and a sense of humour. It’s pathetic and ridiculous. It also won’t stop me.’
A spokeswoman for Hull City Council said: ‘We are aware of a complaint made to the council in relation to the signs.
‘The complaint was made via online forms and was sent through to the Neighbourhood Nuisance team.’
‘Signs displayed on council land or public highway without proper permission will be removed.’