A blaze orange safety vest attracts attention, and even more so when one adds a sign that says "TOURIST" and "DO NOT ARREST" and wears it inside the state Capitol.
A photo from the noontime Solidarity Sing Along inside the state Capitol on Wednesday showed two people with that outfit. Above and below the text is the logo of TravelWisconsin.com, the web site of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.
No one, however, apparently told tourism officials, who were surprised to hear their logo had been attached to the sign.
"The vests in the photo are definitely not the work of the Department of Tourism," communications director Lisa Marshall said in an email. "We also didn’t authorize the use of our logo in this capacity."
On Wednesday, police reportedly told people in the Capitol rotunda that they could face arrest for watching the singalong. A Department of Administration spokeswoman said later Wednesday that onlookers would not be arrested.
Were the orange vests and signs a protest of their own or a legitimate effort to avoid arrest? We'll try to identify the people who were wearing them and find out.