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Special people garage

June 21st, 2007 · 36 comments

This is a special note indeed. The idiosyncratic spelling, spacing, and bolding are fascinating — and I love how the third sentence is so rhetorical it doesn’t even deserve a question mark. I think what I enjoy most, however, is the after-the-fact realization that the desired action here just wasn’t quite explicit enough.

Special people stop leaving your garage [sic]in the sink. This is not your home this is a staff kitchen for all to use.  Why should other people have to clean up after you Please have respect for others. Please put your dishes in the dishwasher.

(Thanks to Molly in Washington, D.C. for submitting!)

related: The needy little dishwasher

FILED UNDER: D.C. · dishes · dishwasher · kitchen · office · spelling and grammar police · that's disrespectful · You call that punctuation?

36 responses so far ↓

  • #1   NancyCz


    Jun 21, 2007 at 6:36 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #2   Heather

    Well, if you’re leaving your “garage” in the sink, you’ve probably got other issues…

    Jun 21, 2007 at 6:38 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

  • #3   Daniel Hoffmann-Gill

    Special people?

    Brilliant, seems to be calling the lazy sods spastics.

    Jun 21, 2007 at 6:39 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #4   Explainer

    Hahahahaahahhaha. Great one! I’m still laughing…

    Jun 21, 2007 at 6:54 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #5   Lisa

    Perhaps the special people should be leaving their sinks in the garage instead.

    Jun 21, 2007 at 7:25 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #6   Erin

    well, I mean really, who can blame the note-leaver? It’s really hard to get water out of the tap when other people’s garages are sitting in the sink.

    Jun 21, 2007 at 7:39 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #7   Chris

    What are they talking about? The sink is the perfect place for my garage…. it helps me clean it more easily.

    Jun 21, 2007 at 8:40 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #8   Vampira

    I like putting my garage in the sink because I can just shove it down the disposal.

    Jun 21, 2007 at 9:03 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #9   hopefulgirl

    I just love that it took two notes to accomplish the purpose.

    Jun 21, 2007 at 9:16 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #10   la pistolita

    fantastic. the salutation is the epitome of “passive aggressive”
    i like that they had to add as an afterthought, what the special people should be doing with their dishes. they’re special, they need it spelled out for them

    Jun 21, 2007 at 9:29 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #11   Meeg

    I like how the writer calls these people “special” but then writes garage instead of garbage.

    Jun 21, 2007 at 9:29 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #12   Meeg

    I’m not surprise the idiot who wrote this works in a DC office.

    Also… don’t you think they could have just left the second note and skipped all the passive aggression?

    Jun 21, 2007 at 9:31 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #13   Psipsina

    Since it’s in DC, I wondered if the special people were contractors – you know, the people who come in for special projects. The writer is so clearly illiterate that I’m not surprised s/he couldn’t come up with the word “contractor.”

    Jun 21, 2007 at 10:20 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #14   Goldie

    This time I have to be in the minority. English is clearly not the author’s first language. Why don’t you try and write a note in… I don’t know, Russian, and I’ll be happy to grade it for you. Would you prefer me to call you illiterate or special if I find errors in your note?

    Jun 21, 2007 at 10:39 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #15   Jane

    I have to agree with Goldie – I actually work in this office, and our cleaning lady definitely does not speak English. I think this is a pretty good attempt on her part, really.

    Jun 21, 2007 at 11:08 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #16   joebec

    why does it have to be special people putting the garage in the sink, couldn’t normal people do it too? i think this note is discriminatory to special people and to people that don’t have garages. hmpf.

    Jun 21, 2007 at 11:41 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #17   john

    I also agree with Goldie. Next time I’m in Russia and someone pisses me off, I’ll try and write a note in Russian, insult the people in the process, and then let Goldie grade it.

    Of course, since I don’t speak Russian, you wont find me in Russia insulting people. But you know, whatever.

    Jun 21, 2007 at 12:00 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #18   Rich C

    I’m forwarding this one to several friends in D.C. Noticed their garages were always wet….now I understand.

    Jun 21, 2007 at 12:03 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #19   eh

    team garage!

    Jun 21, 2007 at 4:11 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #20   BoggyWoggy

    I like that there are 2 different colors of paper!

    Jun 21, 2007 at 7:46 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

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    Jun 21, 2007 at 8:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #22   WhatLadder

    I love that second note. It’s like the co-workers were are “WTF special garage?” So there had to be a clarification.

    Jun 21, 2007 at 11:00 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #23   Brigid Keely

    I don’t think this is a cleaning person OR a person who speaks a non-English primary language.

    I work with a lot of native English speakers who leave similarly baffling, passive, insulting notes.

    I will give the note points for not having stray apostrophes everywhere.

    Jun 22, 2007 at 10:08 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #24   Goldie


    “Of course, since I don’t speak Russian, you wont find me in Russia”

    What the heck are you implying? On second thought, I don’t want to know.

    The odds are high that, at some point, your ancestors’ English was worse than this poor woman’s. But, you know, whatever.

    Jun 22, 2007 at 12:09 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #25   Joanna

    language issues or not, the fact that it took TWO notes really fits the passive-aggressive bill in my book ! love it.

    Jun 25, 2007 at 7:59 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #26   Garr

    What the fuck is the janitor doing using the computer? Hmm?

    Jun 27, 2007 at 4:21 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #27   John

    After writing this message she took the garage can out for the garage men to put in the garage truck.

    Jun 27, 2007 at 6:30 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #28   Sara

    LMAO this is the first thing on this site that has really made me laugh. I’m a sucker for silly language, intentional or not, and the special people with their garages in their sinks really just hit my funnybone. xDDD

    Jul 10, 2007 at 9:49 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #29   Marla Singer

    I actually DO work in this office and I can guarantee that it wasn’t our cleaning lady who wrote this note, and the person who did write it is in fact a native English speaker.

    Jul 20, 2007 at 2:22 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #30   cattie

    So it took me around 5 minutes and as many comments to figure out that they meant “garbage” instead of “garage.”

    Oct 19, 2007 at 2:08 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #31   Erika

    I know this note! I used to work at this office (and I know the “Molly” who posted it). Yes, the author is a native English speaker, and no, there are no contractors involved. In fact, it is mainly an office of women (albeit sometimes dirty women). The author meant special people as in stupid. She was kinda blunt like that.

    Feb 1, 2008 at 3:45 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #32   bean

    That’s sheer genius. I will never use punctuation in a rhetorical question ever again! So rhetorical it doesn’t even need a question mark; love it!

    Jul 21, 2008 at 11:47 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

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