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Yo, could I get a cold beverage?

June 8th, 2007 · 32 comments

“Our company gives us free soda,” says Craig in New York City, “but then you have to deal with notes like these.”

(Cue the world’s tiniest violin.)

This refrigerator is not self replenishing. It would be nice if when you take a drink, please replace. Everyone deserves a cold drink. Don't be selfish.

related: But…changing the water cooler bottle is hard!

FILED UNDER: beverages · CAPS LOCK · New York · office · office fridge

32 responses so far ↓

  • #1   art

    And isn’t taking a free soda selfish anyway?

    Jun 8, 2007 at 3:50 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #2   anonymouscoworker

    Everyone DESERVES a cold drink? I think we have in this note an encapsulation of all that is wrong with our society.

    Jun 8, 2007 at 5:54 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Society

      Thank you for your constructive criticism.

      I think it worth nothing that the letter is probably meant to point out that everyone else here deserves a cold drink as much as the jerk taking a can out of the fridge without replacing it.

      Perhaps a better encapsulation of all that is wrong with me is that some people could take from what they don’t deserve, when it is freely and generously offered, without feeling some sense of obligation in return.

      May 20, 2008 at 12:49 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   steady

      Worth nothing or worth noting?

      May 20, 2010 at 7:17 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #3   Craig

    I expanded my comments on my blog:

    “This refrigerator is not self replenishing.”

    Starts off cute. In a perfect world, this would be the only sentence of the note. Straight forward and to the point, but subtle enough to be kind of endearing.

    “It would be nice if when you take a drink, please replace.”

    Just a gentle suggestion. I think this is the “passive” part of the “passive-aggressive”.

    “Everyone deserves a cold drink.”

    This is a perfect statement. How could you possibly disagree with that? If you do, you will be compared to Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, or Megatron.

    “Don’t be selfish.”

    By far my favorite part. All subtlety is thrown out the window. Even red ink! Bravo passive-aggressive note maker! Bravo!

    Jun 8, 2007 at 6:00 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #4   kelmeister

    If the company is the one supplying the soda, why don’t they replenish the fridge? Isn’t there a designated soda replenisher? Am I missing something?

    Jun 8, 2007 at 8:03 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #5   Craig

    The soda that the company provides is stored in the closet at room temperature. The little fridge is stocked in the morning, but can be found empty by noon.

    Jun 8, 2007 at 8:22 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #6   little voice

    I agree that it’s inconsiderate to take a cold drink and not replace it. How far is the fridge from the closet?

    Jun 8, 2007 at 9:05 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #7   Lesley

    “It would be nice if when you take a drink, please replace.”

    This sentence makes no sense. Is it just a “it would be nice” hypothetical? Or is the writer saying “please replace”? Pick a side!

    Ah, such is the way of the passive-aggressive…

    Jun 8, 2007 at 9:16 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #8   Marca

    I think the ones who have a negative comment about the note, are probably the ones that drink the most and NEVER replace them!!

    Jun 8, 2007 at 9:54 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #9   Chris

    Now Milton, don’t be selfish. Pass along and make sure everyone gets a piece!

    Jun 8, 2007 at 10:01 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #10   Sharkie

    i work with some assholes who do not deserve a cold drink!

    Jun 8, 2007 at 12:26 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #11   Anna

    Free soda? Sweet! I think the sign is reasonable except for the last part. I feel like people could have gotten the message without that. And of course, it’s in all caps… as if that helps people read better. lol

    Jun 8, 2007 at 1:20 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #12   rrpa

    In other circles, that behavior would be known as laziness, not selfishness. Get a grip, note writer.

    Jun 8, 2007 at 4:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #13   jam

    I think the sign is more than reasonable. Seriously, Craig. Hopefully you were being sarcastic when you said “but then we have to deal with signs like this”
    Sounds a little spoiled brattish to me. If your company gives you free cold drinks, you say thank you and replenish as necessary.

    Jun 9, 2007 at 5:37 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #14   clara

    I don’t agree rrpa. It is usually selfishness that prompts laziness, in my experience.
    Either way, it is selfish to expect someone else to cool your drinks for you. Or perhaps, more exactly – inconsiderate. Which is the height of selfishness.

    Jun 9, 2007 at 5:40 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #15   Craig


    I’m by no means being selfish. It’s awesome that they give us free soda, and I always replace whatever I take out. It’s just the nature of the note that’s annoying (and funny). My problem is that there shouldn’t have to be a note telling us to be good people in the first place. And it doesn’t help matters that the note is so PA.

    Jun 11, 2007 at 5:18 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #16   tayo

    im just curious if they give ou free drinks, but are asking that when you take one you replace it, doesnt that kinda go against the whole FREE drink or is their something im missing here

    Jun 11, 2007 at 9:33 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #17   joebec

    well if that’s how they’re gonna be i’ll just bring in my own drink.

    Jun 11, 2007 at 1:26 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #18   jen

    This one is priceless. I guess “Please replace your drink” was already taken.

    Jun 12, 2007 at 6:22 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #19   rroseselavy

    Well, then you’ll need to time-stamp each drink so that people will know which ones have been cooled sufficiently. I say, just get yourselves a larger refrigertaor.

    Jun 12, 2007 at 9:06 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #20   Ben

    Like most of the notes on this site, perfectly understandable.

    Grow the fuck up

    Jun 16, 2007 at 11:42 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   claw71 bang

      No. Understandable is a note that simply states: Please replace your cold drink with one from the pantry. Then if people fail to live up to the bargain you stop providing free drinks. Passive Aggressive nonsense like “EVERYONE DESERVES A COLD DRINK” is neither true nor productive.

      Mar 11, 2008 at 6:46 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #21   Crysilla

    Response No. 10 FTW!!!!

    Go Team Soda!

    Jun 25, 2007 at 7:47 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #22   RaggDolly121

    Go Team Soda!

    Jul 3, 2007 at 10:14 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

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    Mar 11, 2008 at 4:23 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

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    Mar 20, 2009 at 2:13 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #25   sanjay

    Go Team Soda!

    Apr 1, 2009 at 12:31 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #26   Woman on the Verge bang

    Couldn’t they just come out and say it plainly?

    Take a fucking soda.
    Put another fucking soda in to get fucking cold.

    See? Simple.

    May 20, 2010 at 7:58 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #27   Woman on the Verge bang

    As this has happened way too many times for individual comments on this thread, I am posting this passive aggressive comment*:

    When you are commenting on or REPLYING to someone’s comment, CLICK THE ‘REPLY TO THIS COMMENT’ link. Failure to do so is annoying and will inevitably lead to nasty comments about your gigglebrax failures and general lack of personal hygiene. :(

    Have a nice day. :)

    *Please note use of capitals and smilies.

    May 20, 2010 at 8:01 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

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