Four legs good, two legs bad

May 29th, 2007 · 33 comments

After reading apt. 10′s response, I can’t help but side with the defendant — especially after Melissa in Omaha revealed that this particular neighbor posts notes like this quite frequently. Because really, that shit is disrespectful.

Dear Lazy Filth Pigs in #10, Since your little boy is too small to get bags into the dumpster, we now have a bag of your trash, diapers and all, lying spread on the ground in front of the dumpster. Not like anybody in this building has any hope that you will, but would you clean up you garbage?

OK first of all I did not now [sic] that. That had happen my son did not tell me.

FILED UNDER: garbage · more aggressive than passive · neighbors · oh snap · Omaha · p.s. · rebuttals · spelling and grammar police


33 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Anhoni

    The best part of all these notes are the post scripts.

    May 29, 2007 at 1:52 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   Kimberly

    What I find truly horrifying is the spelling/grammar of the second note. Did the little boy pen it?

    May 29, 2007 at 2:26 pm   rating: 30  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   Solo

    Nice! You call me a lazy filth pig and I guarantee you I’m gonna be moving really fast to clean it up.

    Anonymous notes are so classy, adding insult is like cherry on a cake.

    May 29, 2007 at 3:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   arnoldthemethodical

    good fun when your watching from the sidelines.

    May 29, 2007 at 5:33 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   lemare

    I like how a short child turns the parent into a Lazy Filth Pig. And I totally forgive Apartment number 10′s spelling errors because other than the “balls” comment and the post script, her response was shockingly classy.

    May 29, 2007 at 8:12 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   katty kathy

    I have no respect for people who are shitty spellers which quite obviously is one of Apt 10′s many faults in life. I say they need to burn in hell.

    May 29, 2007 at 8:47 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   cc_later

    Is it just me or do I sense a sliver of tongue-in-cheek in #10s shitty spelling/grammar. Or am I giving them way too much credit…

    May 29, 2007 at 10:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   bluespike

    The “dear” makes all the difference..”dear lazy filth pigs”..lol

    May 30, 2007 at 12:47 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   shelbspeaks

    Why would someone have their little boy take out his own diapers to the dumpster, maybe im confused.

    Check out Christopher Ruddy

    May 30, 2007 at 8:56 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   Niki

    I am neither of these note-leavers, but I have a question as an unfortunate with asshole neighbors – just how, exactly, other than notes, is a lone female dweller supposed to approach a large, stupid, inconsiderate and obviously volatile male (i.e. one that talks about ‘growing balls’ and ‘saying it to my face’?) Passive aggressive nonwithstanding, no girl needs this kind of encounter.

    May 30, 2007 at 9:22 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   Mary

    How does posting “growing balls” or “saying it to my face” make someone a volatile male? Unless you know that the guy is going to blow up in your face or have proof of his temper give him the benefit of the doubt. As a short female, if someone wrote a note like that beginning with the words filthy pig I would write that they should “grow some balls and speak to me directly” but would add the modifier ” rather than engaging in passive agressive junior high note writing.” I would think that if anyone is dangerous its the person who starts a note “filthy pig” – that person clearly likes to stir drama up and I would wonder if they engage in face to face behavior in a similar way to their note writing.

    As a female whose lives in an apartment I would say that if you have a problem with a neighbor you knock on the door. If the large guy yells at you, threatens you, or proves himself volatile THEN the next time something happens you contact the apartment managers (or police or whoever) and stay on their ass until something gets done about other tenant behavior.

    May 30, 2007 at 10:19 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   Melis

    These are both my neighbors-the writer (whom I suspect is either the woman across the hall or the women below her) was addressing the family in #10 who have 2 boys (one who is 2 and one who is about 10) and the responder’s spelling pretty much tells just how uneducated she is. She yells at both of her children with such colorful language that I hate having my windows open because my own son is at that stage where he repeats what he hears.

    Oh yeah, the woman in #10? Meanest person in the building BY FAR.

    May 30, 2007 at 10:57 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Niki

    How lucky for you, Mary, that you live in a safe city (suburb?) where you can knock on the doors of virtual strangers and not worry about the safety of your person as a lone female. It must be a wonderful, freeing feeling!

    May 30, 2007 at 2:29 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   joebec

    yeah, they should have really let management handle that situation. the instigator needs to get a fucking life.

    May 30, 2007 at 3:02 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   Mary

    Niki-
    let’s see – I’ve lived in multiple cities in multiple states in multiple places some safe, some not so safe so your passive aggressive put-down doesn’t fly with me.

    Just off the top of my head as far as not “safe cities” goes I’ve lived in East San Jose (yeah San Jose it’s a suburb type city but I dare you to walk around the Story and King intersection at night) and a not so safe area in Boston (where I had the lovely experience of stepping over some drunk on the sidewalk while going into the store only to find out that he was actually dead 20 mintues later when someone finally tried to rouse him [sad thing was I think he was there for at least an hour before someone cared enough to try to wake him]). Oh yeah, once I lived around the corner from a methadone clinic where every morning around 6:30 there was a line of smokers waiting for their fix. Even in the rural areas where I grew up there are the bikers next door (many of whom are quiet nice guys when not drunk, the trick is to know when to talk to them).

    As a single woman in the city you can’t be stupid, but you also can’t be unreasonably afraid of people.

    Yeah, if your neighbor is drunk all the time, pees in the hallway, deals out of his apartment, and has his gangbanger friends over – don’t confront him (or learn to do it nicely when he seems in a good mood [sometimes it can work, not all gang members are violent thugs]). If he seems like an average joe then give him the benefit of the doubt when trying to solve issues (of course don’t walk into a stranger’s apartment, even a female stranger’s apartment).

    If you truely can’t handle talking to the people who live in the same building as you then complain to the apartment manager.

    In the case of this note exchange, given the new info and ongoing dispute I agree with joebec that the apartment management needs to earn their salary.

    May 30, 2007 at 6:27 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   Olivia

    I always seem to move/live above people who create methlabs :( /sidenote sparked by Mary’s comment

    My roomie and I were scared to knock on the guy that lives below us now because we thought he’d be a huge, scary, violent dude (judging from his yelling, swearing, and throwing things around all the time). When we finally did knock, he turned out to be a really short, skinny, nerdy guy. LOL. I just went to knock on his door about 15 minutes ago for the noise.

    I live in a big city and it truly can be a frightening thought. Telling management is sometimes the best bet.

    May 30, 2007 at 10:36 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   Olivia

    the guy that lives below us- his door*

    May 30, 2007 at 10:37 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   John

    I love how the handwriting of the rebuttal note gets sloppier and more psychotic towards the end. I can practically feel the pen snapping as he signed his name.

    I’d say Mr/Miss Dramatic Indictment met his match!

    May 31, 2007 at 4:45 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   awittykitty

    Chastising neighbors can be a mixed bag. I innocently asked an apartment neighbor not to cut a bush in front of my porch and he called the cops on me saying I was yelling and threatening him. He later made my life a living hell, vandalizing my car, vandalizing the inside of my apartment screen door, standing under my window after midnight “cutting bushes”. He was a total total FREAK!!! So I no longer say anything to people. I just write lengthy passive aggressive entries in my blog. YAY!!!

    May 31, 2007 at 6:10 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   mannabozo

    From the reply letter:

    “Ok first of all I did not now that.”

    I just want to know how you “now” something.

    May 31, 2007 at 10:44 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   Potbelly

    Anonymous notes are totally OK in the case of apartment dwellers dealing with a slob whose mess spills into communal areas. No way is anyone going to want to have a face-to-face with some scary ghetto slob who can’t spell or supervise their children and seems to be ready for a fight. Who wants to start a vendetta with a psycho that you gotta live with? Anonymous notes all the way. They get the job done and keep your ass safe. Apt. 10 will be more careful with the trash in the future, wondering which of her neighbors wrote that note.

    Jun 3, 2007 at 11:34 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   Michael

    Well, I’ve been reading this site for the past half hour or so and I still can’t get over the fact that it seems most Americans prefer to communicate by note! WTF is with that? Why don’t you people just talk to people anymore? Of yeah, right, sorry, I forgot.. might lead to a lawsuit or worse for infringing rights to complain or some other shit…. or maybe you are all such cowards that you are afraid of confrontation and its’ consequences. Maybe if Y’all (sic) talked to each other more instead of leaving f**king notes these situations wouldn’t arise.. that’s obviously too much to ask .

    idiots

    Jun 14, 2007 at 12:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   Penny

    Dear Michael,

    You neglected to end your note with something like ‘Thanks for listening!’ or ‘Concernedly and with Friendship, Michael’, thereby not fulfilling the passive part of the passive/aggressive mode of letter writing behavior. So we’ll have to give you a steaming pile of FAIL this time.

    Nice try, though!

    Sincerely Cannot Be Bothered,
    Penny :)

    Jun 14, 2007 at 2:03 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   Evan

    Animal Farm reference? Lol.

    Jun 29, 2007 at 4:46 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   Melissa G

    Umm…if the boy is to short to reach the trash can, he shouldn’t be taking it out! His parents should!

    Jul 14, 2007 at 6:14 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   fedup

    It seems there is no good way to deal with bad neighbors. The problems seem similar and talking to them usually does no good. I think it is good to vent at places like this. It seems bad neighbor sites are mushrooming. There is also one for neighborsfromhell and http://groups.yahoo.com/group/awful_neighbors and some others.

    Sep 27, 2007 at 4:01 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   Cleatus Bartholemew

    You guys/gals all need to get a life. Wasting your time making comments on the internet. I’ll bet everyone of you were at work during the time of your posting. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Nov 6, 2007 at 11:24 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   Joey's Stinky Foot

      The irony in your statement is astounding!

      Jul 3, 2008 at 12:46 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #28   WanderingPenguin bang

    ^—— was not at work for any postings on this site. And can also spell “every one” properly. Just FYI. But hey, it’s good of you to post a smack-down on a note that’s more than five months old so nobody really has to read your idiotic remark. Thanks for playing! Have a great day!

    Nov 6, 2007 at 11:40 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   acolyte

    Those diapers were fucking delicious! I’m sorry but I just had to do it :(

    Nov 19, 2007 at 1:33 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   Meg

    Ugh. The bottom note reminds me of the fat renters whose kids wouldn’t leave my antique swingset alone. I spent WEEKS fixing that thing after the fuckers left. Plus, the noisy kids almost caused me to go outside and tell them to STFU.

    So I go with the note on top. Some parents DO need to take better care of their kids AND respect the neighbors. They really do.

    Jul 10, 2008 at 10:46 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
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