The sole issue on this appeal is whether summary judgment for defendant was proper. We are well aware of the many cases which state that only in an exceptional negligence case is summary judgment appropriate, since even where the facts are undisputed it is usually for the jury to apply the standard of the reasonably prudent man. See, e.g., Edwards v. Means, 36 N.C. App. 122, 243 S.E. 2d 161, cert. denied 295 N.C. 260, 245 S.E. 2d 777 (1978). It is also true, however, that summary judgment is proper in a negligence case where the forecast of evidence fails to show negligence on defendant’s part, or establishes plaintiff’s contributory negligence as a matter of law. Phillips v. Texfi Industries, Inc., 44 N.C. App. 66, 259 S.E. 2d 769 (1979).
In the present case, the depositions and affidavit offered in support of the motion show the following: Just before noon plaintiff joined her husband in defendant’s restaurant. When she arrived the front door was open, and a sign on a tripod was leaning against the door. Plaintiff sat with her husband at the bar for 15 to 20 minutes, and while she was there she saw the sign and tripod blow down onto the sidewalk. She told her husband that the sign had blown down but did not tell any of defendant’s employees. None of the employees knew that the sign had fallen.
Plaintiff left the restaurant about 10 minutes after the sign fell. It was a clear day and the sign was not concealed in any way. When plaintiff went out she “had just forgotten all about it. If I had been looking down at the ground, I would have seen it . . . .” Right after plaintiff went out the door she tripped over the sign and fell.
Upon these facts, summary judgment for defendant was proper. Plaintiff has failed to show any evidence that defendant was *831negligent. Cf. Phillips v. Texfi Industries, Inc., supra. Furthermore, the evidence establishes that plaintiff was contributorily negligent as a matter of law. By her own testimony she saw the sign and tripod fall, she saw it lying on the ground after it fell, and only 10 minutes later she tripped over it because she had forgotten it was there. Upon these facts a jury verdict that plaintiff was not contributorily negligent could not stand.
The order of the trial court is
Judges Hedrick and Erwin concur.