Star’s & Men’s

Grant writes:

This blackboard, in a huge shopping mall in Auckland, New Zealand, displays a plethora of felonies against the English language. I wonder why it’s necessary to use a lower-case s for the plurals in STAR’s and MEN’s, but not in WOMENS or SHOES. And it appears that somebody has tried, unsuccessfully, to obliterate the apostrophe in MEN’s.

Older Peoples Health

Nicole writes:

I went to visit an elderly relative in the Auckland Hospital’s geriatric ward. As I was leaving, I noticed that the sign opposite the elevator door was missing an apostrophe. I wonder if the signwriter was confused about the apostrophe and simply omitted it.