Brian the sign dancer; student accidentally lands unusual job

Sign dancer Brian Tarpley

Sign dancer Brian Tarpley entertains passing motorists outside Precision Tune Auto Care off South Ferdon Boulevard in Crestview.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, July 14, 2014 at 10:32 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Brian Tarpley didn’t set out to become something of a local celebrity. His bike just got a flat tire last month at an opportune moment.

Now he’s a “sign dancer” in front of Precision Tune Auto Care with scads of motoring fans who watch for him daily.

“I had a job interview at What-A-Burger and I didn’t want to be late,” Brian said. “I randomly came in here to see if they could blow up my tire and they offered me a job.

“I said, ‘Where’s your pen at?’ and filled out an application.”

He was promptly hired part time, until Precision Tune assistant district manager Greg Geiger saw how well Brian attracted attention.

“He’s very energetic out there,” Geiger said. “He started part-time and replaced our full-timer because he’s so fantastic.”

Brian said he loves the freedom his job offers.

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