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Faux campaign signs spark a laugh during tense election time

Rylan Hernberg working on another act of kindness with JCI Penticton.
Image Credit: JCI Penticton

PENTICTON - There's a local man known by friends for his random acts of kindness, whether it’s sticking a ten dollar bill in a library book, or making fake election signs to get a laugh from his friends.

Rylan Hernberg’s signs are mixed in with the other hundreds of election candidate signs around town, but instead of asking for your votes, he’s asking for a laugh. The few signs posted around town read: Not Running for Anything, I Just Wanted a Sign.

His goal was to give his friends “a good chuckle,” and he’s had one or two people call every day to say “thanks for making my day,” he says. Luckily, no one has called asking him about his election campaign.

He got the idea from the internet, where he saw someone else making faux election signs as a joke, and decided he would do the same, as a random act of kindness.

The signs have been up for about 10 days, Hernberg says, and they were not part of the Random Act of Kindness day that had Pectictonites doing nice things for each other earlier in the week.

Hernberg admits international Random Act of Kindness day is his favourite day of the year, but he doesn’t restrict his kind actions to just once a year. He says one of the most noticed acts of kindess he did was inspired by a fortune in a fortune cookie he got that said his random act of kindness would go widely noticed.

So, Hernberg stuck the fortune in a book at a bookstore along with a $10 bill, took a picture of it, and posted it online (and left the money-filled book on the shelf). The post was spread all over the internet, and Hernberg says it was the best day of his life.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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