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Evidently, yes

August 2nd, 2007 · 43 comments

Ellen in Acton, Mass. spotted this on the suggestion board at her gym.

Suggestions: A SIGN ASKING PEOPLE NOT TO SPIT IN THE WATER FOUNTAIN? Response from Global Fitness Center: Do we really need to tell people that spitting in the fountain is a bad idea? (YES! Evidently, if they're doing it)

At least they don’t have a Mad Bomber on the loose…yet.

FILED UNDER: group bitchfest · gym · Massachusetts · oh snap · spitting

43 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Andy

    Hrm. That’s like a p/a nexus. You have a note asking for a p/a note (at least by the definition here, of course). Then comes the response (which I would’ve written), which is nice and snarky. Then, you have the secondary resp0nse which reinforces the first note, but in a snarkier manner.

    I love it!

    Ahhh, the Mad Bomber. That brings back memories. I wish we could have a “where are they now” update. Sigh.

    Aug 2, 2007 at 4:51 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #2   Andy

    Actually, the note directly next to this one is great, too! A nice rant. Any chance we could get a pic of that one?

    Though, just reading it half-way is funnier, I bet. It’s poetry!!!

    Please stop
    the towels station
    I a treadmill
    towel smelled
    rotten sponge
    they used again all day


    Aug 2, 2007 at 4:55 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

  • #3   super_fan#99

    Not only does note #2 on the right have more potential it’s also the more recent of the two, or four, however you look at it.

    Nothing wrong with spitting in the water fountain, just make sure it all goes down the drain.

    Aug 2, 2007 at 5:33 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #4   Swinstead

    I love it.

    Aug 2, 2007 at 6:01 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #5   Heather

    I, too, love the idea of having a place right on the passive-aggressive note for responses. It’s like adding fuel to the flame.

    Aug 2, 2007 at 6:12 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #6   kelmeister

    ARGH!! I MUST know what happened in the Mad Bomber case!

    Aug 2, 2007 at 6:21 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #7   Mary

    I’m having a hard time seeing what the problem is with spitting in the water fountain. Anyone who USES a water fountain inevitably gets spit in it.

    Aug 2, 2007 at 6:34 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #8   super_fan#99

    Probably talking about spitting smokeless tobacco in the fountain. The little grains get all over the grate on the drain. Sometimes people are ignorant enough to spit the entire chew out onto the drain. I admit that is pretty gross.

    Aug 2, 2007 at 6:49 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #9   Cat Skyfire

    When I went to a health club, a fair number of people would leave spit up snot in the water fountain.

    Aug 2, 2007 at 6:58 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #10   Sazbot

    Reason No. 497 Sazbot never goes to the gym.

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:07 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #11   ijRoberts

    I think the idea behind this request is the scenario when you’re heading towards the drinking fountain and the guy in front of you walking down the hall takes a moment to drop a big spit wad into the basin while passing by just seconds before you are to get your face down there to take a drink.

    Not very appetizing.

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:46 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #12   Sammi

    I used to clean the men’s and women’s locker rooms at our local gym. Someone in the men’s room had tacked up a note reading something along the lines of:
    “To whoever it is spitting on the track,
    Stop it. This is not your house. We know who you are”

    Seeing this note reminded me of that. (And yes, I helped clean the track, too. I appreciated the note.)

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:48 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #13   GhostWriter

    Wouldn’t it be great if all the responses from the Global Fitness Center were written in the vein of, “Do we *really* need to act upon your obviously obvious observation? No, I didn’t think so.”

    Aug 2, 2007 at 7:48 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #14   Stephanie

    I really like the phrase “obviously obvious observation” I think I’m going to use that more often.

    Aug 2, 2007 at 8:03 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #15   T-Bone

    Throat snot left in the basins at Global Sickness–precisely why I’ve never belonged to a gym. The idea of sharing such a space with strangers and their collective hair, spit, sweat, and God knows what else just makes me gag!

    Aug 2, 2007 at 8:10 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #16   johnO

    I can’t see why the gym had to give such a smart-ass answer. They asked for input, what do they expect? But I do see their point, I’ve seen people spit into the water fountain and wonder to myself, “exactly when did this person get the idea that it’s OK to do that???” It’s gross.

    Aug 2, 2007 at 8:29 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #17   Andy

    It’s all pipes!

    Aug 2, 2007 at 8:46 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #18   will

    That’s like an invitation to spit if you ask me.

    Aug 2, 2007 at 8:50 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #19   Brett

    Isn’t that the same gym as in Dodgeball?

    Aug 2, 2007 at 8:56 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #20   Mierin

    roflolxorz @ andy. You make it sound like poetry.
    Team Rotten Sponge.

    Aug 2, 2007 at 9:48 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #21   melissa

    At the gym I used to go to, there were MANY signs asking people to refrain from spitting. I always found them funny- that grown adults need to be told proper hygiene in public is a sad reality.

    Aug 2, 2007 at 9:50 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #22   Writer, Rejected

    I do like appreciate that this gym has an entire bulletin board to give everyone a good, sweaty passive aggressive workout. I do feel that I am lacking in sarcastic muscle tone lately. And my snarks are a little flabby too.

    Aug 2, 2007 at 10:44 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #23   DUH

    While I agree spitting in the fountain is gross, it’s no worse than what’s done in the showers. If you’re that worried, drink bottled water….and while you’re at it maybe you should shower at home, too! > In fact, don’t join a gym! It’s filled with sweat and germs and bodily fluids! Bleah!!

    Aug 2, 2007 at 10:53 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #24   Tarn

    Word, Duh!
    I hated the gym for that reason – especially the guys who left huge sweat pools on the workout benches for the next person to clean up or lie in. And the people who stank before they even started working out. And then there was the woman who cut her toenails in the changing room every week – clippings flew everywhere. Ugh.
    I work out at home now, at least I know its just MY fluids etc…

    Aug 2, 2007 at 11:48 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #25   Heywood

    the best thing about this is that it’s a PA note *requesting* a PA note!
    The sign would have to be ‘I’m not your mom. Let’s all stop spitting in the fountain’ or something.
    BTW WFT is wrong with spitting in a fountain? It’s a sink isn’t it?

    Aug 2, 2007 at 12:00 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #26   Vampira

    To the people who thinks it’s ok to spit and leave it there, it is similar to not flushing the toilet. EWWW!

    Aug 2, 2007 at 12:12 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #27   mere

    it took me a minute to realize that the top two notes are suggestions and the bottom two are the responses. i’m a slow.
    go team ‘durrr!’.
    spitting in the fountain.. not pretty, but like ‘duh’ said, think about the showers next time.. EEEWWWWWW!

    Aug 2, 2007 at 1:22 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #28   Xanthippas

    For suggestions they appear to be soliciting, they have a bit of an attitude about it.

    Aug 2, 2007 at 8:38 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #29   BoggyWoggy

    Why don’t the gym owners put in stronger fountains…with a flow that would actually carry the “spit” down the drain. Hey, there’s an idea! Make fountains that look like miniature toilets! Then, people can spit, drink, and even “leave footprints” on the seat! Awww…what am I talking about. People don’t spit in toilets, do they?

    Aug 3, 2007 at 12:08 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #30   Nickelking

    I’d rather see it in the basin than on the ground myself.

    Aug 3, 2007 at 3:41 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #31   LC.

    @Tarn: “And the people who stank before they even started working out” = the people who choose to work out next to me on a DAILY basis! Spot on, I tell you…

    Team No-Loogies all the way…

    Aug 3, 2007 at 4:45 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #32   miss manners

    The real problem is when people hock up a giant brown egg-yolk of a loogy and it’s too thick and huge to go through the drain holes. It just sits there. Someone might as well hover and leave a hanky-poo in there.

    Aug 4, 2007 at 9:46 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #33   like a rotten sponge

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    Aug 5, 2007 at 3:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #34   rrpa

    Ugh. Now I’m going to develop a complex about my gym. I guess I was already heading there with the guy who blows his nose repeatedly into his towel while working out. He then uses the towel to wipe the sweat off himself.

    Aug 6, 2007 at 4:26 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #35   Jon

    you notice that the responses are on the same sheet of paper, it makes me wonder if they are just responding to this because they feel they need to so they look like they really care.

    (I wonder if they ever will put up a sign)

    Oct 18, 2007 at 1:06 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #36   Canthz_B bang

    You don’t spit snot into the fountain,
    And you don’t mess around with gym.

    Oct 18, 2007 at 1:40 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #37   alix

    OMG, I grew up in Acton MA, its full of weird PA people.

    Nov 16, 2007 at 5:28 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #38   César

    what’s wrong with spitting in the fountain?

    Apr 3, 2008 at 5:26 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #39   Jill

    Oh, man. Enjoying a nice lunchtime cruise through the site, and then this one’s from my hometown. Which explains a lot about why I like this site so much.

    Stay classy, Acton!

    May 9, 2008 at 1:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #40   Anonymous

    The YMCA that I go to has a sign telling patrons that they are not allowed to shave in the pool. I asked the lifeguard if people really were that stupid and she said that they had to post the sign after a number of women tried to shave their legs in the pool.

    A sign for spitting in the fountain is probably necessary there too.

    Nov 9, 2008 at 5:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

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