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New Zealand street given racy new name with mistake in sign

May 5, 2013 at 2:30 PM

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, May 5 (UPI) -- Officials in Wellington, New Zealand, said they mistakenly replaced a street sign for Torless Terrace with one that read Topless Terrace.

City workers replaced the old street sign Friday after it had come loose, resident Deborah Bowler said she observed.

She soon realized the street had a new, more racy name.

"At first I thought, it's only been up for a day and someone has messed with it already. But on closer inspection I realised that's the real deal," she said.

Council spokesman Richard MacLean said the previous street sign was often vandalized to say "Topless Terrace" by people "with a ladder and a bit of white tape or paint."

This time it appears to be a spellcheck mistake, Wellington's The Dominion Post reported Sunday.

"The council's usually managed to avoid the temptation. Now we are abreast of the situation we'll do a bit of an investigation and get things fixed to protect the honor of the good people of the lane," MacLean said. "We don't want it turning into a tourist attraction or to be overrun by tittering schoolboys."

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