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Pranksters promise a new do-it-yourself crematorium on Geary & 25th Avenue

I snapped this pic of a sign that was posted outside the former Kragen Auto Parts at Geary and 25th Avenue. Thanks to RichmondSFBlog reader Amy for the tip.

If you believe what you read, the empty retail space will soon be transformed into a “do-it-yourself crematorium” that is affordable, dignified and convenient (I’ll say – you can get an oil change right across the street too!). Pictured is an urn with a “Brandy 2001-2005″ nameplate dangling on it – presumably a name for a now deceased Fluffy or Fido.

Oh but the sign says it will be a crematorium for pets and people. This just gets better and better.

The really laughable part is the “and Ice Cream Parlour” tag in the lower right of the poster. Wouldn’t that make for a creepy combination? “Do I have time for a mint chip on a sugar cone while my late Uncle Cyrus gets blasted?”

I called the 800 number in the corner which is, not surprisingly, the number for an unsuspecting Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in Montana, which actually looks quite nice. When I spoke to the receptionist there she had no idea what Solient Green Industries was and had no knowledge of a crematorium opening in San Francisco.

Another reader, Danny, tells me the sign has been up for at least a week. I wonder if Ritchie Commercial real estate is aware of their merry pranksters?

The only clue to their identity is the signature in the lower right corner of the poster: “Mad Dog”. Woof.

Sarah B.

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8:12 pm | Posted under Business | 7 comments
  1. Tweets that mention Pranksters promise a new do-it-yourself crematorium on Geary & 25th Avenue | Richmond District Blog of San Francisco (richmondsfblog.com) -- Topsy.com said (11/14/10; 9:11 pm):

    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Richmond SF Blog, Byron Philhour. Byron Philhour said: RT @richmondsfblog: Pranksters promise a new do-it-yourself crematorium & ice cream parlour on Geary & 25th http://bit.ly/d7kPDJ […]

  2. Laura said (11/15/10; 11:06 am):

    “Soylent Green” (Solient Green Industries) is a science fiction film from the 1970s where people live off a food substance with that name. Turns out it is made from humans… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soylent_Green

    Great prank!!!

  3. Administrator said (11/15/10; 11:08 am):

    Aha! Thanks for the info Laura! I did come across Soylent Green when I searched for clues but clearly I wasn’t making the connection. :)

  4. Jeff said (11/15/10; 11:14 am):

    Here’s some body who could use the crematorium services, but not so much the resort.


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  7. Furniture store to open new showroom at 25th & Geary | Richmond District Blog of San Francisco (richmondsfblog.com) said (06/13/11; 10:16 am):

    […] Business must be good because the company plans to open a new, larger showroom just across the street at the corner of 25th Avenue and Geary. The building used to be home to Kragen Auto Parts, but has been sitting vacant for at least a year, sometimes the target of practical jokes. […]