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Seriously distruping

October 8th, 2008 · 77 comments

Found on the street by Joe in Somerville, Mass…

Ruthie, You have been asked many, many times not to leave notes. As this DISTRUPS the work of my fellow employees. Please respect my fellow employees and stop leaving notes. Thank you...

related: Oh, the irony

FILED UNDER: CAPS LOCK · meta · Somerville · spelling and grammar police

77 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Melissa

    …because they’ll all have to stop what they’re doing and go read it on PAN.

    Oct 8, 2008 at 3:47 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   orcagirl bang

      I used to work with someone who left notes on his desk telling people to leave his stuff alone and not make a mess.

      Guess what? We couldn’t resist turning it into a junk pile.

      This note will beget more notes.

      Oct 9, 2008 at 12:13 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #2   Sweet Kel

    Ruthie- Please stop reading notes or I’ll have to leave you another note.
    - Thanks

    Oct 8, 2008 at 3:50 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

  • #3   eddy

    Oddly enough, “distrups” got 149 hits in Google. Those were all, understandably, typos. However, I’ve never seen someone typo when it comes to writing.

    Oct 8, 2008 at 3:50 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Claire bang

      If it is handwritten, then does the mistake become a “hand-o”???

      Oct 8, 2008 at 6:04 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   Claire bang

      Or perhaps a hand-job?

      Oct 8, 2008 at 6:05 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #4   Lo

    Always underline the misspelled word to make it easier to find.

    Oct 8, 2008 at 4:02 pm   rating: 89  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   bob

      Thank You was halfway through writing the word “disturbs” when Ruthie left yet another note for the fellow employees, thus disrupting his process…

      Oct 9, 2008 at 12:30 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #5   RunBarbara bang

    ruthie’s notes weren’t traditional…they were grainy photocopies of her breasts mashed against the scanner with “I”LL BET YOU MISS THESE PANCAKES” scrawled in angry script. she left them for her ex-boyfriend, who broke up with her because of her meth addiction and her obsessive insistance that one day she would finally be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune.

    Oct 8, 2008 at 4:04 pm   rating: 44  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   claw71 bang


      Oct 8, 2008 at 4:39 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   Fi

      Almost definitely.

      Oct 8, 2008 at 8:10 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #6   Captain Dick

    it is a fun combo word….disturbs meets disrupts

    Oct 8, 2008 at 4:05 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

  • #7   Holiday Djinn

    I love how the idiot middle manager not only misspells disrupts, but underlines it.


    If i were Ruthie, i would leave a simple note saying.

    Sorry for the DISRUPTION!


    I bet the person who wrote the note is an absolute gem to work with!

    Oct 8, 2008 at 4:08 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   EyeHeartA2

      I wonder if the “idiot manager” makes unfounded assumptions not supported by the facts.

      I only see mention of fellow employees, not subordinates.

      Oct 8, 2008 at 4:15 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   Kansas girl

      And he (or she) says “my” fellow employees, not “your” fellow employees. The latter would fit better if the author was a manager telling an employee to cut it out. Or a manager to a third party would probably say “my employees.”

      My guess? Ruthie is ticked about a breakup and is leaving nasty notes at her ex’s workplace, as RunBarbara suggested. Ex’s manager has said, “Dude, could you PLEASE get that crazy chick to stop leaving notes here?” Probably because everyone is getting significant entertainment out of each installment of the soap opera. (I think RunBarbara’s description is probably right in spirit, if not in details.) So ex wrote this note. Which probably won’t work at all — if Ruthie has already been asked “many, many times” to stop, and still hasn’t, then she’s probably the sort who won’t stop until someone gets a restraining order.

      In fact, maybe not even then. I predict a new note from Ruthie: “You jerk how dare u!! get a restaining order, on me they served me at work, and now everyone think im some kindof insane crimanal! Youll paye for this!!!” What Ruthie fails to realize is that everyone at her work already thought she was nuts.

      Oct 8, 2008 at 5:28 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   Holiday Djinn

      I’m sorry I<3A2. I forgot that being unable to spell was a sign of great intelligence. Did my post hit a little too close to home?
      “My employees” is posessive. Like a supervisor or manager from another unit telling Ruthie, to stop posting notes in their section.

      Either way, i stand by my assumption that anybody who leaves a pan, telling somebody else to stop leaving notes is probably oblivious, and not fun to work with. Whether they are a manager, or a floor sweeper is immaterial.

      Oct 9, 2008 at 7:07 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #8   Dina


    I’m sure you know how long it takes my fellow employees to read your notes, as sounding out the words is a hard process.

    In the future, can you please send pictures instead?

    Thank you….

    Oct 8, 2008 at 4:12 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #9   Jimmy Straightline

    Dear Dad,
    Sitting in the car is scary when it’s dark. When are you coming back?
    Love Ruthie

    Oct 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm   rating: 38  small thumbs up

  • #10   Mishee bang

    I’m not exactly sure what to say.

    I mean, who nowadays is called Ruthie anyways?

    Is this a note to an 80 year old great-grandmother?

    Cause if that’s the case, methinks she is leaving the notes for herself, to remind herself to take her medication and such she slowly becomes senile…

    But that’s just me.

    Oct 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   JuanRojas

      Ruthie Camden, on 7th Heaven

      Oct 8, 2008 at 4:53 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   Mishee bang

      comon now, she was an old lady stuck in a child’s body.

      plus, kids of clergymen don’t count.

      Oct 8, 2008 at 5:46 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #10.3   Goldie

      Ahhh, old people and their antics…

      Which reminds me, I do happen to know that this is the second edition of the note. Originally, it read:

      Ruthie, you have been asked many, many times not to leave notes. On the windshield. As this DISTRUPS the campaign bus drivers. Also, Cindy has read them and is now mad at me. Please respect my fellow employees and stop leaving notes.

      Thank you…

      Oct 8, 2008 at 8:59 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #10.4   Ruthie

      My name is Ruthie. I’m 24. And I love my name.

      (Though I highly doubt I’m the target of this note.)

      So there.

      Oct 9, 2008 at 8:45 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #10.5   park rose bang

      Good evening. My name is Ruthie. I’m a recovering chronic noteleaver. My penless date was October 2, 2008 and my home group is Somerville, Mass. I am 24. Thank you for asking me to share my story tonight.

      Statistically 90% of people who receive treatment for notewriting abuse end up relapsing before their 4th penless year is complete. As you can see, I have not even made it two weeks.

      Every prudent fibre in my body told me visiting PAN would be a bad idea. But here I am. Oh Lord, forgive me for the deluge I am about to author and tape to any office window I see. Actually, to the surface of any building which even seems to hint at housing employees. In fact on the back or backside of any employee I see.

      I admit that I cannot control my compulsion; to the Greater Power, I implore thee, give me strength.

      Oct 9, 2008 at 9:10 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #10.6   park rose bang

      PS: Ruthie, I love the name Ruthie or Ruth, too. :D

      Oct 9, 2008 at 9:11 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #10.7   Mishee bang

      I never said I didn’t like the name Ruth/Ruthie.

      Let me guess Ruthie, were you named after a grandmother or perhaps a great-aunt?

      Like I said… old ladies.

      Oct 9, 2008 at 10:44 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #10.8   kittybrunette

      In response to 10.2: Oh, the kids of clergymen count! If it weren’t for all our efforts, it’s likely most of you would still be virgins. ;)

      Oct 9, 2008 at 10:44 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #10.9   Mishee bang

      Well not me, I am not allowed within 500 feet of any clergy or their families.

      Apparently they are “allergic” to me… Its a burning feeling, but not like the one in your pants…

      Oct 9, 2008 at 10:51 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #10.10   kittybrunette

      That’s too bad, Mishee, I was kind of developing a little PAN-girl crush on you.

      I’ll be crying in the corner for awhile now. Damn allergies!

      Oct 9, 2008 at 11:04 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #10.11   Mishee bang

      That’s the great thing about the internet.

      Its better protection than condoms… so girl crush away if you must! :D

      Oct 9, 2008 at 11:25 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #10.12   Timo

      Hi I am Tim and I am grateful to be here. For me it wasn’t just the notes it was all the other cravings. The secret stashes of sharpies around the house, feeling like I had to have a highlighter in every available color from the Staples catalog. Everyday wanting more and better clip art. I even wrote notes to myself and signed Mishee’s name on them. I had admit I was powerless to get better.

      Oct 9, 2008 at 12:27 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #10.13   mrs. pommelhorst

      Can I admit to a girl-perv on Mishee, rather than girl-crush?

      I don’t wanna hold your hand… but perhaps stealing your underpants?

      I’m not an addict
      It’s cool, I feel alive….

      Oct 9, 2008 at 12:54 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #10.14   amy d bang

      *puts arm around Timo and secretly tapes a sign on his back which reads,

      Write me

      stifles a giggle*

      Oct 9, 2008 at 3:03 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #10.15   Mishee bang

      How funny mrs. pommelhorst says that, cause after Timo posted 10.12 I wrote this, but got caught up at work (damn you work!) so I didn’t get a chance to post it right away:

      The ONLY note I’ve written Timo

      Oct 9, 2008 at 3:21 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #10.16   mrs. pommelhorst bang

      See? Now all you have to add is a “, so mrs. pommelhorst can add to her collection.” And you are all set. I stalk. I stalk well.

      Oct 9, 2008 at 3:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #10.17   Timo

      Well I never…
      umm it was a cold..
      Okay maybe I did write you this one note

      Oct 9, 2008 at 6:07 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #10.18   Ruthie

      Mishee, I wasn’t named after any relatives. My mom just liked the name. My full name, “Ruthann,” means “graceful friend.” Or so I’ve been told.

      Oct 9, 2008 at 7:18 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #10.19   Ruthie Too

      Hey! I’m also named Ruthie, I’m 20, and I was not named after a relative (I was actually named after a secretary younger than my parents). And there was another Ruthie in my year in grade (also not named after a relative).
      In other words: I’m sorry, Mishee, that my name isn’t quite so popular anymore. I can see how that must offend your world view.
      By the way, these are the kind of notes that “distrup” my coworkers all the time.

      Oct 10, 2008 at 4:00 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #10.20   claw71 bang

      Some names just suck. It’s nothing personal; just a fact of life. Look, just because your great, great, great, great grandmother was named Ruth doesn’t mean it was right for your parents to plop that turd of a moniker on your birth certificate. My advice is to find yourself a cool webhandle like claw72, and post snarky comments online until you forget your real name.

      Oct 10, 2008 at 4:13 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #10.21   Mishee bang

      speaking of names online, the Mrs. Claw wordpress login is offically for sale.

      Check out eBayer WHITEBLIZZARD for bidding information.

      He just doesn’t love me anymore.

      Oct 10, 2008 at 4:43 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #11   snee

    dear carl,

    you naughty boy! your fellow employees wouldn’t be distrupped if you didn’t show them the dirty little notes i put in your lunch bag. you’re getting a spanking when you get home!


    p.s. i hope you don’t show them the special pix i text!

    Oct 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

  • #12   claw71 bang

    Right, some guy named “Joe” submits this note claiming he “found” it in the street. We’ve all seen plenty of notes like this…hell, some of us have left them. I call bullshit.

    The proof is in the date stamp: Anybody anal enough to stamp a missive like this would not misspell disrupt.

    Oct 8, 2008 at 4:34 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   RunBarbara bang

      i like anal enough to stamp submissiv-
      ooo! i should make this a private messa

      Oct 8, 2008 at 4:36 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   J0sie

      Also there’s a crease indicating the note was folded but there’s tape on both ends indicating it was taped unfolded to something. There’s quite a few things that don’t quite add up here.

      Oct 8, 2008 at 4:56 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #12.3   Kansas girl

      Umm, how about: the note was taped up for Ruthie, who took it down, folded it, and stuffed it in her pocket, so that she could nurse her grudge for a while and then write a properly angry response. But then she re-read it and got even madder, and threw it in the street for Joe to find. Or submitted it herself.

      Not saying it had to be that, just that I don’t see incontrovertible evidence of shenanigans.

      Oct 8, 2008 at 5:35 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #12.4   Claire bang

      Oooh! Maybe there’s not even a co-worker named “Ruthie”…..

      Maybe “Joe” just got very, very lonely… Or maybe his other personality, “Thank You”, left this note in a conspicuous place in the apartment for Joe to find…

      Oct 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #12.5   RandyinReno

      RB, the fact that you like anal as much as your mother is well known. No need to make it a private messa…

      Oct 8, 2008 at 7:34 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #12.6   hamburke

      I thought this might not be completely true as well but then I thought maybe you have to document times that you ask someone to stop a behavior in order to get restraining order, so the date makes sense in that case. I agree with Captain Dick that the NW probably started to write “disturbs” and thought “disrupts” would come off better (I get lost in the middle of thoughts sometimes too) and probably didn’t proofread too well b/c he’s embarrassed by Ruthie’s notes (RB’s break-up theory is compelling) and all the hoops he has to jump thru when a one-night-stand went bad. While this still may be BS, I don’t think that this note is out of the realm of possibilities of true.

      Oct 8, 2008 at 8:28 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #12.7   Kata

      Maybe there are so many Thank You notes cellotaped to Ruthie’s door, that Thank you have to mark the date so the new posts get noticed.

      Oct 9, 2008 at 5:08 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #13   Flaboy2425

    Only Thank You is allowed to leave notes, Ruthie.

    Oct 8, 2008 at 4:36 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #14   Dare

    Obviously Ruthie’s notes are only distruptive because they don’t contain the required quota of Clip Art!

    Oct 8, 2008 at 4:43 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #15   secondsout bang

    Ahh, a note to end all notes. That sort of irony just seems to escape people.

    Oct 8, 2008 at 4:47 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Claire bang

      Did it make Ruthie stop dead mid-note writing and wonder, “Why must I be singled out about note writing? And why would Thank You underline DISTRUPS?”

      Ruthie was sent spiraling into an existentialistic moment pondering her need to write notes and its effect upon the workplace…

      Oct 8, 2008 at 6:15 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #16   MW

    I got too drunk one time and distrupped the contents of my stomach.

    Oct 8, 2008 at 4:49 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #17   J0sie

    The NOTEwriter is obviously not a fan of leading by example.

    Oct 8, 2008 at 4:51 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #18   Claire bang

    “As this DISTRUPS the work of my fellow employees” is a sentence fragment. I hope the place of business is not one which relies on this employee to write letters to clients.

    Oct 8, 2008 at 6:07 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   Mark bang

      Linguo: Sentence fragment.
      Lisa: “Sentence fragment” is also a sentence fragment.
      Linguo: [shifts eyes around] Must conserve battery power. [shuts himself down]

      Oct 8, 2008 at 6:28 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #18.2   secondsout bang

      The sentence would be fine if the note writer had used a comma instead of a period between “notes” and “as.”

      Oct 8, 2008 at 6:37 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #19   se

    It appears that the writer of the note originally wrote “employer”, not employees.
    second time

    Oct 8, 2008 at 7:29 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   hamburke

      I thought that NW might have written “employes” the second time.

      Oct 8, 2008 at 8:31 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #20   bean

    Hail! Hypocrisy, in all its glory.

    Oct 8, 2008 at 9:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #21   Quite Contrary bang

    Thank you is just here to help.

    Oct 8, 2008 at 9:14 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #22   K Dog

    I love that he put the date on it. He can’t spell worth a flip or write a complete sentence, but he sure remembered to put the date on it.

    Oct 8, 2008 at 9:27 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #23   Agent Inspired

    Hypocrisy and Irony, see, they go way back. Childhood sweethearts, even.

    Oct 9, 2008 at 3:43 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #24   0falcon8 bang

    ruthie, distraught and distressed by disturbing distruptions, destroys distasteful and distracting directives distributed during the day

    Oct 9, 2008 at 8:25 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #25   claw71 bang

    The thing is, none of Ruthie’s coworkers know about this note, nor are they aware of the fact that Ruthie has a penchant for posting little reminders around the office. In fact nobody really knows much about Ruthie at all. People tend to give her a wide berth. It’s not that she’s unpleasant to be around; on the contrary, Ruthie is actually very sweet and endearing. It’s just that in times of stress Ruthie gets a little creepy. She yells at herself. You’re a stupid little bitch, Ruthie she often hisses to herself in her cubicle. Sometimes you can even hear vicious slapping sounds from behind the polyester divider. Then the crying…sad, tortured sobs that are very, very distruping.

    Oct 9, 2008 at 9:20 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   Numinous bang

      Ruthie, is that you?

      Oct 10, 2008 at 8:02 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #26   Andy

    Dear Thank You…

    I greatly appreciate you underlining your misspelling. You’ve tickled my passive aggressive bone.


    Oct 9, 2008 at 11:39 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #27   Patti

    I don’t know what distruping is but I bet it’s painful.

    Oct 9, 2008 at 11:49 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #28   Andy


    Please accep my promp apology for abruply eruping on you earlier. I’m attemping to change my ways, and will never scrip a note like that again. I’m going through a tough chaper in my life and and promise to adop a more recepive disposition – no excepions.

    Sorry for the interrupion.

    Oct 9, 2008 at 11:56 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

  • #29   cre8tivewmn bang

    The notewriter isn’t bothered by Ruthie’s missives. He is just worried about the productivity of his fellow employees. What an unselfish guy!

    He’s also so sure that Ruthie is only writing notes to him that he doesn’t need to sign this note. Maybe Ruthie is stalking multiple men.

    Oct 9, 2008 at 12:40 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #30   Juliet

    The notewriter was so pissed off when s/he wrote the note that the underlined spelling error was overlooked. In my days of having roommates I left a few PANs of my own. I may have even made spelling mistakes in my haze of self-righteousness.

    I really want to know what kind of workplace Ruthie was leaving all those notes at, and what kind of notes she left that were so disruptive.

    Oct 9, 2008 at 1:18 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #31   GhostWriter bang

    I couldn’t find a Kenny Roger’s version, but Ruby’s been running though my mind all day long.

    You’ve plastered up your tips and notes and missives everywhere.
    Ruthie can you quit complaining? We don’t even care.
    We have important business and disruption brings us down –
    Oh Ruthie,
    Don’t tape your notes around

    It wasn’t me that started this, but now it’s nearly war
    And I’ve been loud to you about your notes upon the door
    And yes, it’s true you’ve got a manic personality…
    Oh Ruthie,
    Please leave our company

    It’s hard to stop, but I am still demanding that you cease
    And it’s not just me- crazy woman, you scare my fellow employees
    And it won’t be long (I’ve heard them say) until they hunt you down
    Oh Ruthie,
    Don’t tape your notes around

    Stop leaving them- we’re sick of reading rambling dull remarks
    That one about Astrology- it really “jumped the shark”
    And if I could leave you with one topic on which I expound
    Oh Ruthie,
    Don’t tape your notes around
    Oh Ruthie,
    For God’s Sakes, take ‘em down

    Oct 9, 2008 at 4:31 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #32   Sophie

    This should be PAN’s note of the year.

    Oct 9, 2008 at 9:15 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #33   AnotherRutthie

    My sister just sent me this. Being named Ruthie I loled.(I’m 25 and not and old lady).

    Oct 14, 2008 at 4:46 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #34   fluffy8u

    This note was found some time after:

    Dear Management,

    I’m sorry about leaving all those notes, but Rene Hall was killing with her smoking. Also, you spelled ‘Disrupt’ wrong.


    P.S. Sorry about leaving this note. Your other employees should mind there own business and read the notes that only concern them.

    P.S.S. Someone is still drinking my cokes, even though I licked the tops.

    Jan 4, 2009 at 6:13 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #35   Please refrain from unintentional irony |

    [...] related: Please respect my fellow employees and stop leaving notes [...]

    Mar 16, 2010 at 1:03 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up


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