UK Town Of Minions To Remove Welcome Sign Due to 'Selfie' Risks

Anne Sewell

A village in Cornwall, England by the name of Minions has had to take down its welcoming sign because too many drivers are stopping to take selfies next to it.

The welcome sign was a gift from Universal Studios and features characters from the popular Minions movie welcoming people to the village and asking drivers to please drive carefully.

According to the BBC, the film company couldn't resist giving the village the sign when they found out it was a namesake of the popular Minions spin-off from that other popular movie, Despicable Me. They gifted the town with the sign to celebrate the release of the movie.

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Linkinhorne Parish Council chairman Carl Hearn stressed that too many cars were stopping on the 30 mph road to take photos, causing traffic jams. There was also the risk that children might wander off onto the busy road. He said they were just trying to keep residents in the village as safe as they can.

"It's really the fact that you don't necessarily want people having children in the road."

The Mirror Online quotes Gary Stone, the owner of the village's only pub, as saying he really wants the sign to stay as it had "put Minions on the map." According to Stone, Minions has enjoyed its busiest summer ever, mainly due to the fun, bright and colorful welcoming sign.

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No one knows who did it, but it seems residents find them funny, have now dubbed them "Binions" and they are going to keep the bins exactly as they are.

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