I’m seriously fed-up with the “love padlocks” and so is the rest of Paris. Now you people are taking it WAY too far.
It was cute for a while when this itanlian-bassed trend started to consume the Pont des Arts, the city even fully embraced the tourist pull of lovers putting locks on the bridge to commemorate their moment together in Paris. But then suddenly it started to take over other bridges in swarms. Now there is an absolute infestation. You the beloved tourists of Paris are putting these locks on EVERYTHING up to a single strand of chain link to the most mundane of garden barriers on the champ de Mars and it is ridiculous.
For one thing: you think that when you put these locks on our bridges they are going to last 10 years? Maybe forever? As some testament to your love? Think more like ten days! The city of Paris passes once a week and trims off large sections of locks so that the structural fencing of the bridge doesn’t fall into the river. Your adorable symbol of the fortitude of your love is headed straight to the trash. Especially if you are one of the 10 idiotic people who placed locks on the Eiffel Tower viewing deck; those got cut away the very same day.
The city has had enough And Paris police are even allowed to give tickets for a minimum of 60 euros to people who are placing the locks on the bridge. Before the bookineurs, the famous bookstore hutches that line the Seine between the 1st and the 6th arrondissements, were the ones selling the locks. Today, having been asked by the city to stop providing the detested metal articles the ones selling them are the gypsies and illegal merchants that I have MANY times said you should never buy anything from.
Tourists of Paris: you are polluting our city with these eyesores and we hate you so for it. For the sake of all that is good STOP putting padlocks on random chain linked barriers and our national monuments.
On a final note I think that a padlock is an AWFUL metaphors for love. Why would something that is also synonym to imprisonment be romantic? And something you would relate your love to? I don’t understand!
UPDATE: June 9th 2014:
Well it didn’t take long: right after posting this blog one of the barriers on the Pont des Arts collapsed from the weight of the “cadenas”!