This reminds of a visit to Chicago where we were at a museum and, jokingly, one of us said we were tired and gonna have a seat in one of the antique chairs. This guard came BOUNDING around the corner from another room and yelled at us, "DO NOT SIT ON THE FURNITURE!" We had to explain to the guy that we were only joking and have much more respect for antiques than to sit our fat asses on one.
Reminds me of a few years ago when my hometown put up decorative art all along River Road, which is the main drag here in Keizer. At the particular busy intersection with Lockhaven Drive, they put up decorative concrete poles on the sidewalk to serve as a barrier from the road. When they first put them in, there was a big to-do from the townspeople, who thought they looked like little penis statues! (The designers of the poles "refused to dignify that with a response"). It was funny.