You Know Who You Are

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Okay which of you can’t tell when a lemon is ripe?

When I was taking this photo, the maker of the sign and (so he seemed) the owner of the lemon tree saw me and came out of his house.
Guess what we talked about?

He told me he knew who was stealing the lemons. (He didn’t treat me like suspect, unless he is very clever at not letting people know they’re being treated as a suspect.) He went on to describe these culprits and also made clear he would give lemons to anyone who asked for them, just didn’t appreciate them being stolen.

As you see, the sign does not contain the the phrase “You know who you are” but it made me think about the phrase — as in the oft seen notice “Do not cram your head into the double chocolate-covered lentils bulk food bin and then say you just wanted to take in the lovely aroma to see if they’re fresh. You know who you are.”
Why is it important to know who you are to stop doing this? Why add the “You know who you are” at all? It’s all a bit existential.

And also, this tells people who have been doing it to stop, yet it also gives those who have never done so, this great idea.

Maybe the sign should say “Do not cram your head into the double-chocolate-covered lentils bulk food bin and then say you just wanted to take in the lovely aroma to see if they’re fresh. You know who you are. Furthermore don’t anyone else try this either, even if you claim you aren’t sure if you know who you are. You know who you are.”

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