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Yahoo! in the toilet? Read the writing on the wall.

April 27th, 2008 · 48 comments

What’s employee morale like inside Yahoo’s Sunnyvale headquarters, amid all the chatter about coming layoffs, the possible Microsoft takeover, and everything else? well, according to one anonymous Yahoo! employee, in the toilet would be one place to look.

Says our Yahoo! tipster: “First they took away our right to stand on the toilets. Then they took away our right to surf on the john. But now — they’ve gone too far.”

is yahoo! in the toilet? just read the writing on the wall.

related: Yahoo! — Servicing over a half-billion people…each and every day

FILED UNDER: California · CAPS LOCK · group bitchfest · office · raging against the machine · saga · Silicon Valley · toilet · Yahoo

48 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Chipmunk

    Hmmmm. I like the approach, but it needs more of those angry smiley faces holding STOP signs.

    Apr 27, 2008 at 3:07 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #2   park rose bang

    Please DO NOT leave skid marks.
    -Thank you.
    Y! Fronts

    Apr 27, 2008 at 3:15 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   durian

      Please DO NOT torpedo the toilets.
      -Thank you
      Y! Plumber.

      Apr 27, 2008 at 4:17 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   secondsout bang

      For the love of God, please do not dump all your Yahoo! Stock.
      -Thank you
      Y! Financial

      Apr 27, 2008 at 12:28 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #2.3   Total Douche bang

      Actually, they should hang onto the stock in case they run out of toilet paper.

      Y! not make it useful.

      Apr 27, 2008 at 6:36 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #3   park rose bang

    Please don’t surf in the toilet.
    This is Sunnyvale, not the Tidal Basin.
    Thanks, Y! News

    Apr 27, 2008 at 3:19 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #4   TuesdayPillow

    Do they make surfboards small enough for that kind of thing?

    Next it will be “Please do not play guitar in the toilets” Y! Music

    Apr 27, 2008 at 4:05 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   park rose bang

      Ukuleles, perhaps, to go with the miniature surfboards :D

      Apr 27, 2008 at 4:09 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #5   park rose bang

    Doing a CB here!

    It would be understandable if one of the signs read: Please do not download in the U-tube.

    Apr 27, 2008 at 6:21 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

  • #6   RALPHY

    I can see it coming-the TOILET GESTAPO come running in yelling “You vill not fish or surf in dis area, Come down off dat toilet seat! You vill come wit us!” Hells Bells-Just another day in paradise.

    Apr 27, 2008 at 6:29 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #7   pry

    i don’t think i get the humor on this one…or maybe i get it, and it’s just not that funny? somebody explain.

    Apr 27, 2008 at 9:10 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   unholyghost2003 bang

      I *think* (and as always I could be wrong) that the first note is about surfing the internet while on the john. More or less saying “hey! some of us need to take a dump! Don’t just sit in there reading Passive-Aggressive Notes!” the second note could be about a real problem or could be making fun of the first note, not sure. I am about 100% certain that the 3rd note is just making fun of the first two … I HOPE it is … otherwise please remind me never to use the facilities at Yahoo! … I wouldn’t want a fish hook in an awkward place :shock:

      Apr 27, 2008 at 10:17 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   amazon bang

      I think the first and second are talking about the same thing: standing on the toilets. We get that problem in my college library bathrooms as well.

      In a lot of Asian countries, a toilet is just a hole in the ground you squat over, so some people from Asian countries step on the toilet seats and squat over them.

      Apr 27, 2008 at 5:37 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   Canthz_B bang

      When the shoe-prints are facing the wall something entirely different is going on in the Men’s Room! :eek:

      Apr 27, 2008 at 5:43 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #7.4   Nate

      … and sometimes even in the ladies room…

      Apr 27, 2008 at 8:46 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #8   zchamu bang

    Fish in the toilets? That’s an environmental initiative gone TOO FAR. I like my salmon from a proper overmedicated artificial fish farm, not spawning naturally in Yahoo! toilets, thank you very much!

    Apr 27, 2008 at 9:13 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #9   Quite Contrary bang

    For gods sake, what are you allowed to do in the toilets?

    Apr 27, 2008 at 10:10 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   secondsout bang

      I have yet to see a sign against doing lines of coke off strippers’ backs in the stalls. …yet

      Apr 27, 2008 at 12:30 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   RunBarbara

      In my experience, the coke goes on their ass…and the Big Mac goes on their back.

      Apr 28, 2008 at 10:06 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #9.3   Mishee bang

      you have alot of experience with that RB? :evil:

      (Hey, it’s not Tuesday yet, so you still have to love me!!) :D

      Apr 28, 2008 at 10:12 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #10   Resident Grammarian esq bang

    Dammit this is a free country!!!

    Apr 27, 2008 at 10:26 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #11   honeyedhemlock bang

    I’m left wondering, what kind of bait would you use for toilet fishing? And what kind of fish would you catch? Crappie?

    Apr 27, 2008 at 10:38 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   bellabeastie

      Ooo, SNAP !

      Well, from the looks of the signage it seems to me to be a Men’s Room. In which case, yes, crappie… maybe even a largemouth bass or 2 !

      Team but Watchout for the Catfish in the Ladie’s Room !

      Apr 27, 2008 at 10:48 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   secondsout bang

      Stinkbait might work. Somewhat unrelated, but stinkbait is a great creation. I don’t go fishing, so I can’t vouch for its quality in that vein, but I once found that it is really a foul concoction, and applying a glob of it under the handle on someone’s car door gets great results.

      Apr 27, 2008 at 12:33 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #11.3   amazon bang

      wow, that’s even better than my usual chewed-gum under the handle of someone’s car door, who parked like an a-hole.

      Apr 27, 2008 at 5:39 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #11.4   bellabeastie

      You know — sometimes — sometimes you just gotta stand Up and Surf and Fish.

      And I pitty the Fool who would deny me.


      Apr 27, 2008 at 10:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #11.5   RandyinReno

      You might find a Brown Trout or two…

      Apr 28, 2008 at 11:44 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #12   se

    Is this the spot where the donairs are caught?
    and is there a season for them?

    Apr 27, 2008 at 11:35 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   bellabeastie

      I think so, and they tend to be 12″ long and 4″ in girth.

      Trophy size.

      And they’re always in season. :)

      Apr 28, 2008 at 1:49 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #13   Sarah bang

    Jesus. First you can’t take a dump in the shower. Then you can’t vomit in the toilets. Now you can’t surf in the toilets, stand on the toilet seats, OR fish in the toilets. What bathroom right will they take away next? Jumping? The Macarena? Tic-tac-toe?

    Apr 27, 2008 at 11:49 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   zchamu bang

      Dishwashing? Salsa dancing? Speechwriting?

      Apr 27, 2008 at 12:12 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #13.2   TuesdayPillow

      Basketweaving is reportedly next on the list.

      Apr 28, 2008 at 6:40 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #14   secondsout bang

    Can’t fish in the toilet? Dammit!! Now what am I going to do for lunch?

    Apr 27, 2008 at 12:25 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #15   Canthz_B bang

    Please do not flush Spam in the toilets.


    Apr 27, 2008 at 2:55 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   se

      umm, Spam is f…ing delicious

      Apr 27, 2008 at 3:32 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #16   Canthz_B bang

    Now we know where the Ty-D-Bol man is spending his Golden Years.

    Apr 27, 2008 at 3:02 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #17   Beth

    And for God’s sake, no phishing, either!


    Apr 27, 2008 at 4:57 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #18   claw71 bang

    I’m glad it didn’t say anything about picking corn.

    Apr 27, 2008 at 6:16 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #19   Crash bang

    WTF kind’a toilets are those ?
    Is the bathroom the beach or something ?
    If that’s the case then,
    Hell ya’ no surfing…
    I’d be too worried about workman’s comp issues with all the possible Shark attacks.
    Can you imagine all the liability claims for jellyfish stings too ?
    I’d just say hold it till you get home man…
    The bathrooms are closed damnit!!

    Apr 27, 2008 at 10:41 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #20   known unknown bang

    *wonders what kinds of bathroom activities Yahoo!Personals would object to*

    Apr 28, 2008 at 7:08 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #21   fantasy bang

    After spending at least one hour composing a

    yahoo 360 ? Blog yesterday, just to hit


    I know what thier toilets will do!

    Poofff! Gone, down the toilet! :|

    Apr 28, 2008 at 7:52 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #22   claw71 bang

    Judging by what’s NOT forbidden in this particular loo I’m suspicious that this is not from YAHOO HQ at all. Since guy on guy action seems acceptable in here I’m thinking that this might be a men’s room at the Republican National Convention.

    I’m not saying Republicans are gay, just don’t talk about Capital Gains tax breaks in the crapper. That could be misconstrued as flirting.

    Apr 28, 2008 at 8:57 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #23   Mung Bean

    Go Team Y! Sports. They’re the only ones who seem to have a healthy state of mind about this.

    Apr 28, 2008 at 9:23 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #24   TomJones

    No damaging the delicate ecological balance of the toilets!

    Y! Green ‘Movement’

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:52 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #25   Sundaeg1rl

    “Do not ask questions in the toilet. Thanks, Yahoo! Answers.”

    Now I am convinced that Yahoo! isn’t as fun as it was 10 years ago…

    Apr 28, 2008 at 4:33 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #26   Heidi


    Apr 28, 2008 at 4:34 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #27   Agent Inspired

    I think if I saw those in a public restroom I might piss myself laughing.


    Apr 30, 2008 at 2:11 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #28   safersurfer

    Yupp! The water level must be pretty high.

    Jul 8, 2008 at 9:23 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up


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