You seem like really nice people.

February 19th, 2009 · 155 comments

Lately, our anonymous submitter in New York has been going to the HousingWorks cafe to study for the bar exam. Because tables near electrical outlets are hot commodities, for the past few days she’s ended up sharing a table with the same “over-the-hill dude.”

Our submitter knows her table-sharing etiquette: “I always keep the table free of clutter and I don’t chat loudly,” she says. Yesterday, however, while catching up with a friend who dropped by the cafe, her tablemate interrupted to hand her this note, said, “This is for you,” and left.

You two seem like really nice people. You really do. But please don't sit with me every again. Thank you.

Adds our submitter: “I don’t know which is more irritating, the fact that this douchebag told me not to ever sit with him again, or that that he felt the need to write it down and couch it in oh-so-polite phrases.”

related: An official declaration of the silent treatment

FILED UNDER: New York · the big "but"


155 responses so far ↓

  • #1   redmum

    They should sit with them again and pass them a note saying ‘no’.

    Feb 19, 2009 at 12:59 pm   rating: 166  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Ti O bang

      Staring with wide eyed crazy eyes is also a good idea.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 1:05 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   Frankie bang

      They should also periodically pick up his tab and leave messages like “I miss you” spelled out in sugar packets on the table. And candy grams are always a nice thoughtful touch.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 1:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.3   Ti O bang

      spelling “don’t B mad” on your eyelids would be good too.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 1:53 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.4   MAMARILLA2 bang

      Isn’t that a bit Indiana Jones-ish.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 1:55 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Vic

    Personally, the thing I’d object to most is that absolutely filthy piece of paper. Ew.

    Feb 19, 2009 at 1:01 pm   rating: 84  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Melissa

      Yeah, the “this is for you” and the gross paper made me think this note was going to say something much creepier.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 1:03 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   Ti O bang

      Is there a whole line of buttery filth stationery that I am just now being made aware of?

      Feb 19, 2009 at 1:06 pm   rating: 42  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.3   MAMARILLA2 bang

      The nastieness of the paper is in direct proportion to the contempt he has for her and her friend. He was fine with her while there were no others to take her attention. Now he is only 2nd best…

      Feb 19, 2009 at 1:09 pm   rating: 36  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.4   amy d bang

      Looks kind of like he stepped on the note a few times or possibly, wiped his make-up off on it.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 1:21 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.5   QuarterRoy00 bang

      I was thinking that he wiped his ass with it…look at the paper…perfect ass outline!

      Feb 19, 2009 at 1:32 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.6   Frankie bang

      I wiped my ass with this…

      You probably shouldn’t sit by me anymore.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 1:32 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.7   Frankie bang

      Quarter Royoo
      and
      Frankie

      thinking on the same wavelength since February 19th 2009 at approximately 12:32 pm.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 1:36 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.8   Kosi

      that’s what I thought….

      You’re a lovely person. I pooped on this paper. Don’t sit here.

      ever.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 2:23 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.9   allensis bang

      I totally agree, using such a nasty old piece of paper is probably the most PA part of this one.

      Team Clean Notepad

      Feb 19, 2009 at 2:59 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.10   Girl Friday

      That paper is from the new Lisa Skank line of stationary.

      They’ve cornered the market with the aging baby boomers AND the young emo kids…

      The baby boomers feel the used look of the paper makes the note a bit more passive – as if it wasn’t plotted or well thought out. It gives it an air of ‘being on the edge of Alzheimer’s’ and therefore hopefully easily forgiven if they run into you again.

      The emo kids feel the used look of the paper helps them express their need to conform to an already imperfect society where tears and shit can mingle together perfectly with their poetry but without actually getting your hands dirty.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 3:31 pm   rating: 30  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.11   mamason bang

      I think he carries folded paper in his ass crack for times like this.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 3:33 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.12   Ti O bang

      “Ass notes; For when you have to say things other than from your heart…”

      Feb 19, 2009 at 3:35 pm   rating: 46  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.13   claw71 bang

      so this guy he spoke from the fart?

      Feb 19, 2009 at 3:46 pm   rating: 30  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.14   amy d bang

      “Ass notes: For when a wisecrack just doesn’t cut it.”

      Feb 19, 2009 at 3:47 pm   rating: 46  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.15   mamason bang

      Pssst. Amy? Did you see the corn that Claw served up? :lol:

      Feb 19, 2009 at 4:50 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.16   amy d bang

      *whispers* I musy have missed it, Mama. Thanks for pointing it out. I plussed it. :lol:

      Feb 19, 2009 at 4:56 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.17   mamason bang

      Me too.

      I plussed you too. :-)

      Feb 19, 2009 at 5:00 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.18   HairySwede

      maybe its from the anonymous submitter… in which case the man in question might have had good reason to ask them to never sit there again.

      Feb 21, 2009 at 10:46 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   Ti O bang

    You seem like a serial killer. Please don’t kill me on my walk home in the dark.

    :grin:

    Feb 19, 2009 at 1:04 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   warinthepocket

      Who said anything about killing? You know what a man like this has in mind…

      Feb 19, 2009 at 2:44 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Lorelie

    He thought they were going to try to double team him and he’d have to admit that his balls shriveled up and died many years ago.

    Feb 19, 2009 at 1:07 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   zenvelo

    does this mean the threesome is off?

    Feb 19, 2009 at 1:13 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Mishee bang

    I wish he had left me that note.

    Oh I wish, I wish, I wish!

    That’s when the gloves come off!

    Feb 19, 2009 at 1:13 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Lorelie

      Intentionally sitting with him. Every. Single. Day. From now to eternity or when he gives up and finds a new cafe, which ever happens first.

      Making loud, obnoxious phone calls about bodily functions.

      Eating snacks with particularly foul odors. Dried squid’s a good one.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 1:17 pm   rating: 44  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   Ti O bang

      Bring a tasty durian and offer him some.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 1:21 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.3   Mishee bang

      party at housingworks cafe on Mishee™!

      Feb 19, 2009 at 1:22 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.4   Monkeyspeaks

      write everything in pencil and erase a lot and make sure you “wipe” and “blow” the eraser shavings in his direction.

      do you know how tough it is to get eraser shavings out of your keyboard?

      Feb 19, 2009 at 1:22 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.5   anglophile bang

      Yet another reason to save your PedEgg shavings!

      Feb 19, 2009 at 2:09 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.6   Ti O bang

      Sprinkled on top of his Latte.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 2:16 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.7   Lorelie

      If your feet were dirty when you used the PedEgg, it’ll look like cinnamon!

      Feb 19, 2009 at 3:55 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.8   graphicandnovel bang

      That’s it! Last time I read PAN during lunch.

      Feb 27, 2009 at 1:05 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   marcus

    finally, an excuse to take up eating durians in public! (note, you don’t actually have to eat it, opening one up ought to be enough).

    Feb 19, 2009 at 1:21 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Ti O bang

      HA! :shock: jinx!

      Thought of it the same time.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 1:50 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   Mishee bang

      I myself am getting a little creeped out by all the jinxes on today’s thread so far.

      *shiver*

      Feb 19, 2009 at 2:05 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.3   Lorelie

      I know! I had a near miss with zenvelo up at 4 & 5. o.O

      *looks for Rod Sterling*

      Feb 19, 2009 at 2:35 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.4   zenvelo

      Lorelei, you can have a near miss (or be a miss near) anytime you desire….

      Feb 19, 2009 at 4:52 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.5   aaa

      *Psst! Lorelie! It’s Serling!*

      Feb 19, 2009 at 6:52 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.6   Lorelie

      I . . . uh. . . I knew that. Really. See, ah, Rod Sterling is the Twilight Zone version of Rod Serling. So I did it on purpose. Honestly.

      Don’t ya believe me?

      Feb 19, 2009 at 7:03 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.7   aaa

      I like to believe that Rod Sterling is the Mirror Universe equivalent of Rod Serling, what with the evil-looking goatee and whatnot.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 7:12 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   Vern Ryerse

    Not 100%, but it looks like he might of wiped his ass first with the paper?

    Time to call Health Dept

    Feb 19, 2009 at 1:30 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   amoi

    If she can get to the table first the next time, she could have her own note ready for him. “You are over the hill and cranky. Please do not sit with me ever again.”

    Feb 19, 2009 at 1:34 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   QuarterRoy00 bang

    Someone needs to teach this man to close his letters…look at all those open loops!

    Feb 19, 2009 at 1:35 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Mishee bang

      Well, serial killers do have to adhere to a strict handwriting type policy.

      this man has not broken policy.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 2:17 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.2   James

      It would have been more awesome if he’d crafted the note out of cut-out magazine headlines.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   Patti

    I’d be concerned why he appeared to step on the paper before folding it.

    Feb 19, 2009 at 1:39 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   Pat

    Being an awkward shy dude, I get this.

    Me and my friend were sitting at Dunkin Donuts in my town on Long Island once and we were having a conversation drinking our milky way hot chocolates when this women put her food on our table, we thought it was weird but thought really nothing of it. Then she sat down! It was weird, we got up and left.
    I mean there were no other tables, but still, she didn’t ask she just did it, which was weird.
    I’d be freaked if I was this guy too, especially if it happened a lot with the same people.

    But the note? Haha, speak your mind buddy, like that’s beyond being shy that’s being rude/

    Feb 19, 2009 at 1:42 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Monkeyspeaks

      how do you know she wasn’t there first?

      Feb 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.2   Anne A. Tomic

      Pat? Was it weird?

      Feb 19, 2009 at 5:11 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.3   tinkerbell2

      Pat, if you read the explanation, it says they often had to share tables because they needed power-points – so this is a completely different situation to yours. To be honest, if you and your friend left without finishing your drinks just because someone sat in the only available space in a coffeehouse, you may the the one with the problem..!

      Feb 20, 2009 at 8:00 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.4   Canthz_B bang

      Read the explanation and understand the issue of the day on PAN?

      Perish the thought.
      Next thing you know you’ll be expecting people to joke about the notes instead of ranting about right and wrong and morality, while at the same time wishing death on those who dare to say anything politically incorrect. :-|

      Feb 20, 2009 at 8:13 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   Mel

    This cracks me up!

    Feb 19, 2009 at 2:02 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   lightspeed

    Although he should have politely and directly addressed her, it is kind of annoying to have to listen to someone else’s procrastination chatter. I took the bar too, so believe me, there is nothing like bar-studying-I-hate-my-life-and-won’t-have-a-job-even-if-I-pass-because-the-economy-sucks-procrastination chatter.

    Feb 19, 2009 at 2:05 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   LuvThisSite

      then studying in a public place is probably not the best idea.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 4:37 pm   rating: 35  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.2   Phalange

      You know, there’s these amazing edifices out there called LIBRARIES that offer a quiet place to study for important shit like the bar exam.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 9:06 am   rating: 20  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   d

    housingworks is awesome.

    Feb 19, 2009 at 2:07 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   GhostWriter bang

    Yeah, I’m over the hill. Old enough to be your father, in fact.

    I tried to put it as nicely as I could in the note. To explain, you remind me of my own two daughters. My two lovely daughters, who no longer come to visit or call.

    These days, I take it upon myself to bring home “new” daughters every once in a while. We talk, we play, a little rough-housing, some love taps, and then it’s off to sleep for my little girls.

    Yes, it’s wrong. I know that. I don’t want to put you girls to bed, but if you keep stopping by, one thing will lead to another, soon you’ll say, “Hey, he’s a lovable old coot after all,” and voila -you find yourself tied to my radiator. Same old, same old.

    Well, it’s up to you.

    Feb 19, 2009 at 2:13 pm   rating: 66  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   Zhopka

    Does the submitter really think that “I don’t chat loudly” is a huge achievement for a place where people go “to study for the bar exam”? If you’re hunting tables with electrical outlets, you’re looking to work on your laptop. If someone joins you with their laptop for the proximity for the said outlet, you do not expect them to not “chat loudly”. You expect them to respect the arrangement and get their ass elsewhere if they want to chat for longer than 10 minutes.

    Submitter is a self-righteous bitch, and the dude is obviously too shy/PA to deal with people like that. It is clear that she joined him, not the other way around. Then her friend joined her. Then the “catching up” started.

    There’s a reason rudeness and tactlessness are sometimes called the alternative form of bliss. They make you comfy enough to offend others.

    Wish the dude had spoken up instead.

    Feb 19, 2009 at 2:21 pm   rating: 80  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   warinthepocket

      Good point, people can be oh-so-rude and think everyone else are douchbags for asking them to STFU and to GTFO. Cell phone users are usually the worst, answering in a waiting room “What do you mean i forgot my bra?! Well you forgot to flush after that messy episode lastnight- it was all over the walls. No, fecal dust doesn’t do it justice, Dear.”

      Feb 19, 2009 at 2:48 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.2   anglophile bang

      But, it’s a café, right? I mean, if you need complete and total silence, shouldn’t you go to the library or maybe–gasp–stay home?

      Sheesh. What gives people the idea that they won’t be annoyed in a public place?

      Feb 19, 2009 at 2:55 pm   rating: 72  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.3   RP

      I agree with anglophile: There are very few public places where you can expect and demand that it be quiet and a cafe doesn’t qualify unless the cafe manager says so. If the cafe wants to be a place where people can come study then the employees should ask people who do get too loud to lower their voices. But if they don’t care then you’re out of luck if a group of people come in to talk over coffee.

      It’d be nice to avoid people who are reading if you plan to talk but it sounds like the submitter didn’t have anywhere else to sit.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 3:21 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.4   claw71 bang

      I agree with anglophile as well, but I also don’t like to share tables with strangers. When somebody invades my personal space I take “it” out and start picking my nose.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 3:44 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.5   Girl Friday

      I’m thinking submissions are going to be “down” soon if everyone keeps picking on the submitters.

      This isn’t an Ann Landers post.

      It’s not really about who’s right or wrong here.

      It’s about the joy of seeing someone pushed to the point of being passive aggressive.

      We’re embracing the instigators and their victims here. We don’t really care how they got to their breaking point – just that they did.

      I want to personally thank the submitters for their kind generosity in sharing another person’s irrational thoughts after you, or someone you know, has slowly and carefully driven them over the edge of reason.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 3:48 pm   rating: 35  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.6   claw71 bang

      You’re right! It’s not an Ann Landers post. This is entertaining.

      Thanks for the lecture, GF, but that’s always been part of the fun. Sometimes the submitter is clearly in the wrong and needs to be called out. That’s the irony of this site. It’s entertaining and informative.

      The self absorbed brat who submitted this will read some of these comments and either log in to defend herself (a huge mistake) or take a long hard look in the mirror and realize that while she might not pass the bar exam the first time around she seems to be on the fast track to receive her cunt credits.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 4:06 pm   rating: 30  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.7   se

      Claw, you say you take “it” out and start picking your nose. Are you using “it” to pick your nose?

      Feb 19, 2009 at 4:41 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.8   mamason bang

      Wow! You can pick your nose with “it”? 8-O
      Very impressive. btw- Where do I cash in those credits you mentioned. I have quite a few! :lol:

      Feb 19, 2009 at 4:57 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.9   Girl Friday

      Claw is always so entertaining – and right.

      I agree, it is ALWAYS a good read when the submitter drops in to defend their side of the story.

      The self important Mr/Ms Wannabe Manners that post diatribes of injustice are usually pretty funny as well.

      I hereby withdraw my previous rant.

      And gain some kind of Claw credits.

      **anxiously awaiting Claw’s visit to my house with “it” and the special ring pop he always promises the good girls…and boys…**

      Feb 19, 2009 at 6:00 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.10   TheOldSchool bang

      Claw’s nostrils don’t appear to be all that accommodating, but, then again, the tissue surrounding them could be more pliable than that of the average man on the street.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 7:40 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.11   Girl Friday

      I find large nostrils sexy on any man…

      Feb 19, 2009 at 8:12 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.12   TheOldSchool bang

      They’re nature’s way of adding two more orifices to any get-together.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 8:55 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.13   opinionated-lee

      Re: going to the library for a quiet study place

      Have you been to a library lately? Because they want the toddlers, kids, and teens to “feel welcome” in the library, there is no longer any “no noise” policy at my local library. Trust me, you can’t even read, let alone study for a bar exam.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 8:05 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.14   tinkerbell2

      surely her point is that he didn’t *ask* her to be quiet, he just wrote a note? very possibly if he had asked they would have quietened down. I don’t think there are grounds for calling her a cunt, anyway.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 8:05 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.15   Phalange

      Are cunt credits from the local community college transferable to a 4 year school?

      Feb 20, 2009 at 9:09 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.16   pd

      agreed, love to hear this from the mature fellow’s perspective.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 11:47 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   se

    Is submitter studying for bar exam or chatting on cell phone while catching up with old friend?
    She also never said what the “over-the-hill” dude was doing there. Is it possible that he was really studying for a bar exam and her incessant chatter was fucking annoying?

    team “over-the-hill” dude, whatever the fuck she means by that.

    Feb 19, 2009 at 2:50 pm   rating: 41  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   numba-1-stunna

      Maybe he was playing Solitaire, and her joining him made it difficult for him to get into total solitaire-mode.
      I don’t know about you guys, but I like to play Solitaire alone… giggity

      Feb 19, 2009 at 5:10 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   shane

    Sit with him every time now and bring friends!!

    Feb 19, 2009 at 3:03 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   Ryan

    That WIFI was delicious!

    Feb 19, 2009 at 3:18 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   amy d bang

      Although I hate to point this out, Ryan, you did it wrong.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 3:26 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.2   graphicandnovel bang

      Fucking delicious FAIL.

      Feb 27, 2009 at 1:31 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   claw71 bang

    Our anonymous submitter clearly doesn’t know her table sharing etiquette if she just started jabbering with one of her harpies from the Chi Omega house while sharing a table with a complete stranger.

    It’s kind of like black people. Nobody minds if a black family moves in next door, but when they start inviting their friends over it’s only a matter of time before another black family moves in across the street. Before too long the entire block smells like fried chicken and your own white children are sticky with watermelon juice.

    Of course this is far worse. The anonymous submitter is studying for the bar exam. A lawyer. I can’t blame him and submitting this request in writing makes sense, I’m just surprised he didn’t have it notarized.

    Feb 19, 2009 at 3:39 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   numba-1-stunna

      I love fried chicken, but I don’t think you read the story correctly…

      Feb 19, 2009 at 5:15 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.2   Mishee bang

      n-1-s, you obviously don’t speak “claw71″.

      Just quit while you are ahead. That’s my advice.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 5:57 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.3   Canthz_B bang

      God! I hate it when the White kids from down the block get into my watermelons!

      Feb 19, 2009 at 8:19 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.4   numba-1-stunna

      I’m ahead? Cool! Do I win something?

      Feb 19, 2009 at 9:12 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.5   Secret Squirrel

      Dem lil’ gals are sticky, but dat ain’t watermelon juice.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 11:29 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #22   Danny

    sorry, gotta go with the “over the hill” guy on this one.

    Feb 19, 2009 at 3:43 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   numba-1-stunna

      Don’t be sorry, Danny. It’s your prerogative. You just do what you gotta do, man.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 5:17 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #23   ozy

    Silly me, I thought the etiquette for sharing tables with a stranger is “don’t”.

    Sounds like she was being rude and sitting at a table without asking.

    Feb 19, 2009 at 3:49 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   claw71 bang

      I don’t know about that. A seat is a seat. It’s generally customary to ask if you can share the table given the fact that people often meet up in cafes and it could be reserved for somebody, but in bigger cities space is at a premium and you’re expected to share.

      That being said, you’re also expected to be considerate of the person who was there first. If your bimbo friend from high school walks in you should get up and find another table so as not to disrupt whatever the other person was doing, even if that person was only staring, slack-jawed, into space with one hand in his pants.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 4:00 pm   rating: 38  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.2   Lorelie

      Only one hand in the pants? Claw, I thought you were normally an all or nothing kind of boy.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 4:06 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.3   claw71 bang

      One hand in my pants and the other under my shirt fondling my belly button.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 4:10 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.4   numba-1-stunna

      What?? How did you get 2 thumbs up for that comment, you silly old man?

      Feb 19, 2009 at 5:22 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.5   mamason bang

      Don’t be a hater, n-1-s!

      Feb 19, 2009 at 5:30 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.6   Corvus

      if it persists massaging ones prostrate at the same time could be effective in running off Miss Chatty Cathy.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 6:58 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.7   Canthz_B bang

      That comment left me prostrate.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 8:22 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.8   numba-1-stunna

      I’m not a hater, mama; I was just jealous because nobody sticks their thumbs up my comments :( I meant it as a compliment. Nice work, Ozy!

      Feb 19, 2009 at 9:23 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.9   mamason bang

      I’ll stick my thumb up yours anytime you want, n-1-s. 8-O … you know what I mean.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 2:29 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   claw71 bang

    OMG!!! She was sitting next to Tom Petty!

    HEY! Don’t come arouund here no more.
    Don’t come around here no more
    There’s a table by the door
    HEY! Don’t come around here no more.

    Could you shut up? STOP. Could you shut up? STOP
    Could you shut up? Stop. You’re talking so much louder
    Could you shut up? Stop. Your spit got in my chowder.

    Dont come around here no more
    Dont come around here no more
    Dont come around here no more
    Dont come around here no more

    Don’t sit here anymore
    You stupid legal whore
    I sat here long before
    HEY! don’t come around here no more.

    Feb 19, 2009 at 3:53 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   Paula Fransceze

    Frank Sinatra says “STFU!” Figures the submitter is anonymous because s/he was clearly in the wrong.

    Feb 19, 2009 at 3:55 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   Canthz_B bang

      I don’t think many people disrespected Sinatra’s space, but she must have been pretty loud to disturb the dead.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 8:24 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #26   aaa

    Note-writer is a dirty lying bastard. Obviously he doesn’t think that the submitter and her friend don’t seem that nice if he doesn’t want them to sit with him ever again.

    Feb 19, 2009 at 6:59 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   mamason bang

      I believe we’ve doubled up on the negatives somewhere.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 7:24 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.2   aaa

      Yes we have. XP I had it phrased differently but evidently didn’t change the whole thing.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 7:28 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.3   TheOldSchool bang

      Don’t two negatives equal one positive?

      Feb 19, 2009 at 9:07 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.4   numba-1-stunna

      Maybe he had a mad crush on her and felt really sad and rejected when her friend came. Maybe he was so upset that writing a letter was the only form of communication he was able to engage in without breaking down in tears.
      Man, poor guy. :( . I kinda wanna give him a hug now…

      Feb 19, 2009 at 9:29 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #27   TheOldSchool bang

    I thought the elderly gentleman’s note was overly polite.

    If this silly chuff munching moo cow truly wanted to pass her bar exam, she would be studying in the law school library.

    It appears, however, that she’s more interested in making a nuisance of herself by loudly setting up clam jousting sessions in public places.

    The geezer’s only error was in seeing to it that this highly offensive, young slattern paid a higher price than she did for her selfish attitude, rude behavior, and pissy conceits.

    Feb 19, 2009 at 8:14 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   TheOldSchool bang

      ….was in NOT seeing to it….

      Feb 19, 2009 at 8:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.2   Canthz_B bang

      TOS, you have about five minutes to edit a comment. I need to use it often!

      Watch…

      See?

      Feb 19, 2009 at 8:28 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.3   Canthz_B bang

      They must have changed it…I only had one minute to add the “See?”

      This one gave me five minutes though. Not sure what happened to the first one. :-D

      Feb 19, 2009 at 8:30 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.4   numba-1-stunna

      He’s just an “over-the-hill-dude,” not a senile elderly geezer. Although that does make it funnier, I don’t think those at the Int’l Longevity Center would laugh.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 9:50 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.5   TheOldSchool bang

      n1s,

      You’re probably right about the ILC crowd, but I’d bet the Moms International Longevity & Friendship Society would be ROTFFTAO.

      P.S. I’m certain now that the kindly gent was neither old nor senile. The submitter-skank-slag-bitch-twat-cunt-whore-lawstudent is clearly too self-absorbed to be taken seriously as a reliable witness.

      Feb 21, 2009 at 5:24 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.6   numba-1-stunna

      I also don’t think he was old or senile. But I am wondering…
      are YOU the “kindly gent” who wrote the note??? Hahaha :)

      Feb 22, 2009 at 2:45 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #28   TheOldSchool bang

    CB,

    On Safari, it’s a one shot deal.

    Plus, if I did get 5 minutes to edit, I’d probably wind up just piggy-backing on top of an already burdened, asinine jackass of a comment.

    Mistakes get made, but the mule team marches on.

    Feb 19, 2009 at 8:41 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   Canthz_B bang

      LOL…Probably so! ROTFL

      Feb 19, 2009 at 10:28 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #28.2   anglophile bang

      Ooooh! Safari!

      ;)

      *swallows her 3,000th rant over tech snobs who are too good for common programs like Windows and Internet Explorer*

      *edits with abandon while trying to not look smug*

      *actually likes Vista*

      *thinks the Mac dude on the commercials is insufferably hip*

      *is aware that she’s now just rambling semicoherently but is on her fifth edit*

      Feb 19, 2009 at 10:37 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #28.3   TheOldSchool bang

      Glo,

      I may be in the minority here, but I think the mac guy and the pc guy are both kind of cute. (In a heterosexually platonic guy way, of course.)

      Feb 19, 2009 at 10:47 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #28.4   anglophile bang

      I’m sure you’ll make a great triad and I hope to be invited to your commitment ceremony.

      Wishing you all the best! :)

      Feb 19, 2009 at 10:52 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #28.5   Canthz_B bang

      I enjoyed using Safari on a Mac last year…before I stepped on it and broke the screen. :???:
      I can’t remember not editing, but I don’t know enough about versions of programs and crap to say much about it.

      We’re upgrading to Vista at my job soon…by the demo/tutorial I have access to it looks interesting.

      Feb 19, 2009 at 11:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #28.6   TheOldSchool bang

      It might be a go in Canada, but here in my country, sadly, a blessed event such as this is still considered disrespectful to the sank-titty of man/woman marriage.

      If I had my way, I wouldn’t mind inviting the Verizon guy in on the action.

      (But first, I’d want to clear it with Mac and PC. They might fret, needlessly, that he’d be contractually obliged to bring along all those other hangers-on who appear behind him in the adverts.)

      Even if….what’s the big deal?

      Feb 19, 2009 at 11:10 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #28.7   TheOldSchool bang

      CB,

      You were able to break it because, unlike Entitled, you have legs.

      (Although he probably could still break a mac with his rock-hard fists, iron-clad head, and he-man-style torso. I wonder how damage the vehicle that hit him suffered?)

      Feb 19, 2009 at 11:57 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #28.8   Lorelie

      I hate Vista! I *am* one of those insufferable Mac snobs and I want to cry every time I have to come into work and deal with PC bullshit.

      Well maybe the crying’s more about my awful co-workers, but I still hate Vista.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 10:28 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #29   Molly

    I can picture this guy. I’ll bet he wears a sports coat and a ponytail.

    Feb 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   TheOldSchool bang

      Sadly, Molly, I think your mind’s eye needs a contact lens.*

      I have a hunch he looks remarkably similar to the late Corinthian actor, Ricardo Montalbán.

      * Or maybe you can get it one half of a pair of designer spectacles from Lenscrafters in 30 minutes instead of the usual 60.

      Whatever you do, don’t opt for laser surgery — it involves lasers.

      (Who authorized arming these eye-quacks with lasers? It seems reckless and foolhardy.)

      Feb 19, 2009 at 11:01 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #30   renee

    when i go to a cafe and/or coffee shop, i do not go to socialize. i am there to either read or write, and i purposely pick individual seats in which to do that.

    if i were at a booth or a table, however, it would horribly offend me if someone sat down without asking, particularly if they continued to sit down repeatedly without asking.

    while the note may be disgusting, it is him expressing his desire for you to go away. perhaps he didn’t feel comfortable with a conversation. perhaps he is developmentally delayed or has some other kind of issue.

    either way, in my opinion, cafe, starbucks, restaurant, whatever — you do not sit with people you do not know without asking first.

    some people need their space, and at some point you might end up next to someone who has a 10 point panic attack at your unexpected, undesired presence.

    Feb 19, 2009 at 11:19 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #30.1   anglophile bang

      Huh, that’s weird, because when I go to a café or coffee shop, it’s to buy a chai and a piece of bakery.* Since it’s a restaurant, I don’t expect people will refrain from chatting with their companions.

      It seems pretty clear from the intro to the note that this table-sharing thing is a common practice in New York. I wouldn’t care for it, that’s why I only go to coffee shops in Lesser Podunk, Wisconsin. There’s a lot more room in the Upper Midwest, I guess.

      *in the interests of full disclosure, it’s also most often to knit, but I try to snag the comfy chairs for that.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 5:37 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #30.2   tinkerbell2

      I’m with glo. You may ‘go to coffeeshops to read otr write’ but they are not libraries, they are restaurants, and if the only seat is on your table then anyone is entitled to sit there and to do whatever they want*.

      *within the bounds of legality – frottage may be frowned upon, chatting and knitting not so much.

      Edited – oops, just saw much the same at #33. Sorry.

      Feb 20, 2009 at 8:14 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #30.3   RP

      It is not your table or booth unless you’re at a restaurant where you get seated by a server or host. This is not elementary school where you can tell people not to sit next to you because you think they have cooties.

      Asking to sit next to someone is merely a formality. It’s not like you can actually stop them from sitting next to you. Besides, what do you expect people to do if the only open seats are at your table?

      Feb 20, 2009 at 10:37 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #31   TheOldSchool bang

    I’ve found that my ability to rotate my head 360 degrees in either direction has been beneficial when I’m in crowded coffee bars, yet still feel the desire to contemplate life’s mysteries in pseudo-solitude.

    (Also great for shushing chatterboxes at the cinema.)

    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:05 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   anglophile bang

    Places you have every right to expect quiet from your fellow humans: church, movies, concerts and plays, the library, and weddings.

    Places you have no right to expect quiet from your fellow humans: public transportation, sporting events, cocktail parties, coffee shops and weddings (if your fellow human knows you keep your mad wife locked up in the attic).

    Feb 20, 2009 at 7:36 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   Hmmm...

    My guess is that the “over the hill dude” was a vampire. He probably had just about all he could take from those first couple of times she sat with him but when she brought along her friend, well that was the last straw. Hey, it was either the note or all out lunchfest.

    Feb 20, 2009 at 9:01 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #34   Julie

    passing you the note IS weird, but sitting down at someone else’s table and proceeding to yap it up with your buddy is seriously inconsiderate. you should have left your table when your friend dropped by.

    Feb 20, 2009 at 1:51 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #34.1   secretrebel

      Old dude doesn’t own the table. In a crowded cafe you have to learn to share. Also, talking = allowed in public places.

      Old dude needs to get his ass to the library if he has a problem with the submitter.

      Feb 23, 2009 at 7:40 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #35   shenanigans!

    he should’ve made it into a paper plane and thrown it at your big forehead. please never sit with me either.

    Feb 20, 2009 at 2:49 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

     
  • #36   hamburke

    I don’t go to coffee shops often but I did go with a group of moms from my daughter’s 1st grade class after the holiday party but before school got out – there were 4 of us. We ordered and sat down, 2 men who had been sitting reading the paper at a table gave us looks of disgust and got up and left. We weren’t even sharing a table with them. this is probably the reason I don’t like coffee houses.

    Feb 20, 2009 at 3:02 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #36.1   shumai

      It’s obvious that this girl was an annoying twit and that he was sitting there first. I think the dirty stinky note is hilarious. That old guy will probably get a good laugh in retrospect out of writing it for years to come.

      Feb 21, 2009 at 10:04 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #37   sab

    I was in assigned to the next cube from a silly twit like her in law school. Endless series of friends who stopped by to chatter “not to loudly” when they could have easily walked five paces to other other side of the door and been out of earshot from all of us in the library who were actually there to study and not just to chatter with our passing friends.

    Feb 23, 2009 at 12:59 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #37.1   #1 stunna

      cool.

      Feb 24, 2009 at 2:16 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #38   Entitled

    I love it. Almost become a meme! Although I was dissapointed that I didn’t get more hate on the other thread…

    It was pretty good how some of you seriously didn’t realise I was trolling. Yes, I am the new Hitler!

    My rock hard fists salute you!

    Also, it’s a café, who goes to a café to study in quiet? That’s crazy.

    I’m with the bitch.

    Feb 23, 2009 at 8:47 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #39   Jsmoke

    “You seem like really nice people, but the mere sight of you makes me want to run amuk and dismember everyone in this cafe. So please, for all our sakes, don’t sit at my special table ever again. Thanks.”–Over the hill dude

    Feb 24, 2009 at 8:36 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #40   In your ear

    Passing a note and then leaving is a good way for a man to express himself while avoiding any unnecessary drama. On the other side, women like drama and this note stirred some up. Seems like a win-win situation to me.

    Feb 25, 2009 at 1:38 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #41   Common Sense

    A future lawyer was being rude? Impossible.

    Get over yourself honey.

    Feb 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #42   ew

    the receiver of the note is the douche. i would be annoyed too if some pretentious bitch sat right next to me and kept yapping to her friend. that’s so annoying.

    Mar 10, 2009 at 6:31 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #43   Yelena bang

    Am I the only one who’s really creeped out by how that note LOOKS? That is some serious serial killer handwriting, and the paper is all grimy, like it’s from one of the Saw movies.

    Mar 12, 2009 at 3:35 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
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