This way to Squid Game? No, just roadworks diversions, say UK police
Thames Valley police’s roads team has never before tweeted about dystopian Korean dramas. But it made an exception for Squid Game after officers spotted an uncanny resemblance between a sign at junction 5 of the M4 and shape symbols that recur in the Netflix hit show.
Above a picture of a road sign featuring a triangle, a square and a circle, the force’s roads policing team clarified that the sign did not point the way to the ultra-violent game.
“It’s just directions for diversion routes during the roadworks … phew!” the tweet said.
Many of the more than 35,000 followers of the Thames Valley police roads appreciated the joke.
The symbols first appear in the opening episode of the nine-part drama, on a calling card handed to the show’s main character, a man from Seoul who is heavily in debt. (The telephone number on the back of the card had to be edited out after a South Korean woman and others who use similar combinations were deluged with calls.)
The symbols later occur on masks worn by guards who oversee a series of children’s games and are responsible for shooting the losers. The show, which has been seen as a moral fable about failures of South Korean-style capitalism, has attracted 111 million viewers worldwide in less than a month.
Despite the clarification about the M4 sign, some of the followers of the police Twitter account remained puzzled by the meaning of the black-on-yellow shape symbols alongside motorways. The Roads.org.uk website explains that they are used to help drivers tell the difference between various route diversions.