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Four approaches to ice cube maintenance

June 20th, 2007 · 35 comments

Exhibit a) From Richmond, Virginia: the pedantic approach

How to Make Ice 1. If the ice tray is not empty — empty remaining cubes into white container on freezer door. (Please do not just fill the empty holes - it makes getting the frozen ones out impossible.) 2. Fill ice tray with water. 3. Put back in freezer

Exhibit b) From Minneapolis: the conditional approach

If you are unwilling to refill the ice cube trays, do not use the ice. Thanks in advance.

Exhibit c) From Hartford, Connecticut: the ALL for one and one for ALL approach

ICE. PLEASE TAKE ONLY A COUPLE OF ICE CUBES...These ice cubes are for ALL staff and for meetings. Please be sure that ice receptacle is pushed ALL the way BACK in the freezer!

Exhibit d) From Dallas: the federal government’s approach

Those that don't fill up the ice trays after emptying them, should be taken out and SHOT! RESPECT others...

(Thanks to Erik and Kim for their submissions.)

related: To the ICE GOBBLERS

FILED UNDER: "helpful" advice · CAPS LOCK · ice · office

35 responses so far ↓

  • #1   feh

    I hate people who think that ice cubes magically form in empty trays.

    Jun 20, 2007 at 9:08 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Anne

      Grow up with alcoholics and you learn fast not to forget to fill the trays.

      Mar 13, 2008 at 12:57 pm   rating: 62  small thumbs up

  • #2   Agargara

    The first one is almost normal save the red text. The second one uses a phrase that annoys the hell out of me (“thanks in advance”) but it’s not that aggressive, at least. The third one makes no sense; people should be able to take as many ice cubes as they want as long as they refill the trays. More red text, too. The last one is probably the best example of passive-aggressiveness; though it features no red text, it does capitalize both SHOT and RESPECT.

    Jun 20, 2007 at 10:08 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   chris

      wrong, “thanks in advance” in this context is the most passive aggressive of all of the examples here.

      please acknowledge that i am right,
      thanks in advance

      Mar 4, 2009 at 10:11 am   rating: 20  small thumbs up

  • #3   Heather

    If they shoot the people over ice, what do they do when people steal actual food? Does it involve a guillotine? Can I watch?

    Jun 20, 2007 at 10:44 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

  • #4   Vampira

    Probably more torture than that.

    Jun 20, 2007 at 11:48 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #5   Solo

    Mmm… Everyone loves the threat of being shot at work. I see a lawsuit for making work here “a hostile environment”.

    And the solution to all of this?


    Jun 20, 2007 at 11:59 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #6   little voice

    Call the Ice Police!

    Jun 20, 2007 at 12:05 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   tomservo bang

      more like Vanilla Ice…

      Jul 16, 2008 at 5:15 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #7   Stoodhol

    Speaking from my own experience, I’m willing to wager a ton of money that the posters of each one of these sign were menopausal women.

    My family learned long ago – don’t mess with the hot flash lady! She will go for the jugular every time.


    Jun 20, 2007 at 1:40 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #8   Hmm

    People still use ice cube trays?

    Jun 20, 2007 at 3:02 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #9   rrpa

    Exhibit d is the Texan approach.

    Exhibit c seems to be referring to an ice maker, i.e. don’t use a lot because the ice doesn’t get replenished fast enough.

    Jun 20, 2007 at 3:56 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #10   eh

    i doubt the employer would pay for an icemaker so that is not necessarily a realistic solution. reasonable solution: common courtesy. duh. REFILL THE DAMN ICE, LAZY ASSHOLE.

    team iceless-note-leavers!

    Jun 20, 2007 at 4:25 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   poptart or popart


      Jul 16, 2008 at 11:40 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #11   Irish

    Alright STOP
    Collaborate and LISTEN
    Ice don’t form
    Of it’s own VOLITION
    Grab a tray
    And hold the thing TIGHTLY
    Then ya fill it up
    Put it in the freezer LIGHTLY
    Next, close the door
    And you’re DONE
    Now there’s enough ice
    For each and everyONE

    Yo.. w0rd to ya mother

    Jun 20, 2007 at 4:56 pm   rating: 91  small thumbs up

  • #12   Lauren_Says

    wow Irish. wow.

    Jun 20, 2007 at 5:14 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #13   Dave


    Jun 20, 2007 at 5:58 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #14   Erin

    team Irish!

    Jun 20, 2007 at 8:14 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #15   piglet

    the last one from texas is precisely why i love texas so very much :)

    Jun 20, 2007 at 9:40 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #16   Explainer

    Let’s hear for the Irish
    Son, now we’re your CREW
    other rhymes may s*&k
    but not the ones from YOU.
    You talk about ICEtrays
    refilling them with STYLE
    We wanna be just like you
    and say WORD with a SMILE

    Word up PEOPLE!!

    Jun 21, 2007 at 6:49 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #17   Nunya

    I am tempted to print out Irish’s rap and post it in our breakroom.

    Jun 21, 2007 at 7:25 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #18   Joe Drinker

    Wow. Who knew that making ice was such a complicated process that it necessitates instructions be posted?

    What function do their co-workers actually do for a job?

    Jun 21, 2007 at 9:00 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #19   Jan

    All those unwashed hands handling ice trays. Ice-making seems pretty unsanitary.

    Jun 21, 2007 at 9:05 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #20   hopefulgirl

    Who would have thought ice was so difficult?

    Taken out and shot is my favorite ever. That person was rather bitter about their ice!!

    Jun 21, 2007 at 9:20 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #21   Rich C

    My ex always had issues with my ice cube tray usage. Leaving them empty was always fun! Try it sometime!

    Jun 21, 2007 at 12:05 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #22   Irish

    lol thanks for not mocking me TOO much!

    Jun 22, 2007 at 4:06 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #23   HotMom

    What I like more than the ice cube notes themselves is the random Google ad to the right advertising Fake Plastic Ice 1lb. bags.

    Go click on it. There are plenty of you that could use this at the workplace! The person who created this lovely item probably got fed up with no one refilling the ice cube trays and came up with this *cool* item. Because really, why else would you make fake plastic ice? To keep your fake plastic drink cool for you on a fake warm day?

    I love those random Google ads :) They bring up the strangest things.

    Jun 23, 2007 at 11:04 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #24   Addy

    Many of these I do not feel are passive agressive. they just happen to be written down, which I guess makes them passive.
    BUT they are agressive in nature, saying you will be shot, etc.

    My experience with the PA person is they dont really say it, they imply it.

    Jun 25, 2007 at 8:37 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #25   RaggDolly121

    gosh, they don’t have to be so MEAN.

    There are already mean people in this world, why should there be anymore?!

    Jul 3, 2007 at 9:08 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #26   n00h8t bang

    *this is why* re-posted from “the minor gall, the major rift”

    geez you had to bring up ice…if I could find a single lone frozen cube in my office fridge it would be a miracle. I once brought in a container to save 4 cubes for later in the afternoon and some asshole stole it and the saved cubes….bastards, kill’em all.

    btw…we have an icemaker at work.

    Apr 6, 2008 at 6:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #27   “when the people fear their government, there is tyranny.”

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    Jul 16, 2008 at 3:07 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #28   LexieLexieBoBexie

    do liquid laxatives freeze? there is a solution to every problem inside the kitchenette of any institution. :)

    Jul 17, 2008 at 1:14 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #29   rawker17

    ha! I have a similar note posted on my refrigerator called “Ice Recipe.” Starts out with batter made from two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. I got tired, like everyone else, of there being no ice when it’s SO ridiculously easy to make the stuff.

    Nov 14, 2008 at 12:50 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #30   pixiedust1107

    Ice! Ice! Ice!
    Coffee! Coffee! Coffee!

    I caught a person emptying the pot one morning, turning off the coffee maker and putting the pot in the sink. I suggested she make a fresh pot the way everyone else does. She looked me in the eye and said: “I don’t know how”. “I’ll show you” I replied. I think she quit shortly after that. She must have moved on to one of those companies that have disappearing ice.

    Feb 1, 2009 at 11:17 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

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