Christmas is right around the corner, which means buildings and homes around the city are getting outfitted with wreaths, trees, lights, ornaments and other festive garb. Why, the Port Authority even decked out the sign at the entrance of the Holland Tunnel with some holiday cheer. Unfortunately, for people with OCD, it's not the good kind of holiday cheer, but rather the kind that slowly drives a person over the edge.
Cory Windelspecht started a petition this week asking the Port Authority to fix the decorations on the Jersey-side of the tolls, because—as you can see above—the tree is over the letter N in the word "Holland" instead of the letter A, and the wreath is over the letter O in "Tunnel" making it look like "TONNEL." Windelspecht argues that this has turned into an "OCD nightmare" for commuters.
"This one small thing triggers anyone with the slightest hint of OCD every time they enter the city," he wrote on the petition, which has gotten over a thousand signatures so far. "On top of that, it’s just unsightly and ruins the holiday festivities for people to enjoy on such a great piece of architecture."
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PLEASE HELP AND SUPPORT, SIGN THE PETITION, LINK IN THE BIO. ITS TIME NEW YORK AND NEW JERSEY UNITE AND SAY ENOUGH. WE CAN CHANGE THIS OCD NIGHTMARE OF A DECORATION TOGETHER. I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT. SIGN THE PETITION, SHARE THE PETITION. LETS GET THE CHRISTMAS TREE OVER THE “A” WHERE IS BELONGS!!
"I look at it and it makes me itch. It gives me anxiety and anger — why wouldn’t they just put [the tree] in front of the A?” he told the Post. "One guy told me he avoids it completely and takes the Lincoln Tunnel because of the decorations."
A Port Authority spokesperson added that they had been in contact with Windelspecht, but did not say whether the decorations would be readjusted.
Update: Budweiser has now broken their legendary silence (?) about the Holland Tunnel decorations, and declared they are all-in with Windelspecht. They've changed the look of their Newark Brewery sign in protest:
— Budweiser (@budweiserusa) December 12, 2018