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City Gears Up For ‘Stay Away From Seattle Day’

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View of the skyline in the city of Seattle. Seattle is the northernmost major city in the contiguous United States, and the largest city in the Pacific Northwest. The city is home to corporations such as Boeing, Starbucks and Microsoft. (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

View of the skyline in the city of Seattle. Seattle is the northernmost major city in the contiguous United States, and the largest city in the Pacific Northwest. The city is home to corporations such as Boeing, Starbucks and Microsoft. (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – Looking to get away? Steer clear of The Emerald City next Monday because residents won’t want you there, according to Hallmark.

September 16 is recognized on the official Hallmark website as “Stay Away From Seattle Day,” and city residents reportedly cannot wait to shun tourists.

“Because frankly Seattle doesn’t want you coming around, stinking up the joint,” the holiday description on Hallmark’s website states. “And last time you tracked mud all over the carpet and some of the special occasion dinnerware went missing. Seattle will let you know when it’s ready to see you again. Until then, keep your distance.”

The site adds, “You think we’re kidding but really this day was championed by Seattle residents tired of sharing their space with tourists.”

“Stay Away From Seattle Day” shares Sept. 16 with “Rosh Hashanah,” the celebration of the Jewish New Year, as well as “Step Family Day” and “Working Parents Day.”

Seattle PI detailed several reasons to stay away, including chicken infestations, staggering gas prices – AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report states that Seattle residents pay just over $4 per gallon – and rampant, organized mass nudity.

CBS Seattle has reached out to Hallmark and Seattle’s Convention and Visitors Bureau for comment.

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