Gee, that’ll show ’em

November 17th, 2009 · 95 comments

Exhibit a) The “urban” example, from the Silver Lake neighborhood of L.A…

passiveaggressivenotes.com: stop tagging my house

Exhibit b) The equally ineffectual suburban cousin of exhibit a, from “a quiet, small community in San Diego where the residents are basically all over 50.”

That'll show 'em!

related: bleak house

FILED UNDER: California · garbage · graffiti · Los Angeles · questionable logic · San Diego


95 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Wade bang

    Are they offering the recycle bin as ransom… or a hostage exchange?

    Nov 17, 2009 at 9:30 pm   rating: 34  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Neeners

      Not sure, and I am wondering about the threat. Who exactly are they punishing by not bringing the bin into their house?

      The whole neighborhood? I am sure everyone is incensed about that blue eyesore on the side of the road. I would definitely lose sleep over it.

      Nov 17, 2009 at 10:21 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   laura

      you might be surprised. just the other day i was unable to pull into my own driveway because someone had taken our two trash cans and put them smack in the middle of our driveway, so i had to get out and move them while my car was parked out in the road. and we live on a busy corner where people think braking is optional…my car could’ve easily gotten rear ended with my child in it as i got out to move the offending trash cans. geez, people are PICKY!

      Nov 17, 2009 at 10:26 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.3   Neeners

      I would love to catch some asshole doing that to my can….i would be opening a CAN of whoopass on said offender.

      Nov 17, 2009 at 10:37 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.4   Canthz_B bang

      Geez, try to do a woman a favor these days…they probably meant to put your trash cans up near your garage door, but soon lost interest in the project. ;-)

      Nov 17, 2009 at 11:15 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.5   infant tyrone bang

      Wouldja believe there was a piece of the entertainment section floating free and they noticed that there was an Otto Preminger festival in town?

      Never guess what film was scheduled to start in 20 minutes…

      Nov 17, 2009 at 11:50 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.6   Languagegeek

      Maybe it’s a request to take the recycling bin to join its garbage can mate. I mean, after all, how could they bear to be parted from each other? All those years, together in the garage, together at the curb…. How dare those selfish &%$*ers take one and not the other?!?

      Nov 18, 2009 at 12:17 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.7   pony girl

      Damn you for stealing my trash can!
      I’ll just leave a note on my recycling bin out on the street, since my garbage can was so safe out here.
      Damn you for stealing my recycling can!
      I’ll just leave a note on my TV out here on the street, since it’s worked out so well for me before.
      Damn you!

      Nov 18, 2009 at 1:03 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.8   infant tyrone bang

      PG,

      Not sure if I remember my math terms correctly, but isn’t this an example of reduction by induction ?

      Nov 18, 2009 at 1:38 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.9   pony girl bang

      infant tyrone,
      Yes.
      That’s exactly what I was going for.
      ;)

      Nov 18, 2009 at 1:41 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.10   infant tyrone bang

      Physics
      Tag
      You’re It…

      Where’s my 7% ?

      Nov 18, 2009 at 2:02 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.11   M L

      @Laura:

      Usually, on days when my upstairs neighbours or I forget to promptly remove our garbage can some local pet-owner decides to grace it with little baggies of dog excrement (it’s happened twice).

      I considered taking a picture to send in here but, although it is definitely passive aggressive, I thought it might be pushing the boundaries of the word “note”

      Nov 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Peasant

    Or until someone runs into this and sues us for damages…
    Or until our neighbors complain to the police…
    Or until we find our garbage can in our garage…

    Nov 17, 2009 at 9:31 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   Spike Nesmith

    *whistle!*

    Penalty… five points, for overuse of underlining.

    Nov 17, 2009 at 9:32 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   TheOldSchool

      Oh my goodness! Look at the tiny the space in the left side of the car port!

      It’s too tight to comfortably insert all but the most attenuated of metaphors.

      Nov 17, 2009 at 11:43 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   oi bang

      you have got competitor, TOS.

      Nov 18, 2009 at 5:50 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   infant tyrone bang

      oi,

      Looks more like a kindred spirit to me.

      Let’s try cooperation before we get all Word Wrangling Federation, OK?

      Nov 18, 2009 at 11:02 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   park rose

    Don’t tase me, bro!
    What? tage?
    tag?
    Oh
    …you’re it.
    Thick as a brick.

    Nov 17, 2009 at 9:32 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   kdaniel

      I totally thought of the tazing incident when I saw this picture! I guess the note is their form of passive (aggressive) resistance.

      Nov 18, 2009 at 2:18 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   MAMARILLA2 bang

      ♫ Really don’t mind if you sit this one out.
      My words but a whisper — your deafness a SHOUT.
      I may make you feel but I can’t make you think.
      Your sperm’s in the gutter — your love’s in the sink.

      Nov 18, 2009 at 9:27 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   park rose bang

      Hate the song, ‘rilla, but I immediately thought of it.

      Nov 20, 2009 at 6:16 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   park rose

    Ha-ha, Superman and Supergirl! Let me fill that bin with kryptonite and let’s see you move it then…

    Nov 17, 2009 at 9:37 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   infant tyrone bang

      Lex Luthor, I saw him, officer…with a multi-colored batch of Kryptonite!

      He beat feet down the alley by the Luthoran church with his henchman, Jack (John the John) Calvin. They were *not* headed for confession.

      I’d pitch in, but I’m way late for a Justice League Awards Banquet.

      Nov 18, 2009 at 12:54 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   zenvelo

    why would they move the garbage bin into the house? It’s much easier to keep it in the garage.

    But given the level of theft, you’d think they’d CLOSE the garage door.

    Nov 17, 2009 at 9:49 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   aaa bang

    I’ll stop tagging your house when you learn how to spell.

    Nov 17, 2009 at 9:55 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Kelly

      Graphity doesn’t require proper spelling.

      Nov 17, 2009 at 10:23 pm   rating: 32  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   Neeners

    Hey babes, I think you got it all wrong… obviously someone other than you and the city of SD aren’t the only ones who can move your garbage can. FYI

    Nov 17, 2009 at 10:17 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   Neeners

    As soon as the dead body decomposes in the stolen can it will be returned. The culprit is using it as a compost bin or something.

    Nov 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   Neeners

    Last time I checked, the city owns the curb. How can I get ownership of my curb?

    Nov 17, 2009 at 10:21 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   Ali

    I read that as “stop taking my house” at first. I wanted to know if the hobo was having his cardboard box stolen and decided to vent his anger on the neighborhood in general.

    Nov 17, 2009 at 10:22 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   evilgenius bang

      that one would be a dream come true.

      Nov 19, 2009 at 7:30 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   anglophile bang

    Looks to me like a little urban street art can only improve the looks of that house.

    Nov 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Canthz_B bang

      Dear Patent Officer,

      Enclosed please find my application for a patent, and the blueprints and design specs for the first “spray-paint can with eraser” device.

      Nov 17, 2009 at 11:20 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   TheOldSchool

    I like the fact that the house sign painter chose to spray letters in both black and white.

    That decision turned what could have been just another dreary, overly-strident admonition, and magically lent it the holiday vibe of a romantic winter holiday, skiing in the Andes with Stevie Nicks.

    Nov 17, 2009 at 11:22 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   park rose

      You mean,
      Stop taging my, stop taging my, stop taging my house around…?

      Welcome back.

      Nov 18, 2009 at 1:28 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   Snayl

      “Skiing in the Andes with Stevie Nicks”?
      Is that a euphemism for a coke binge?

      Nov 18, 2009 at 1:49 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   Canthz_B bang

    They thought only they and the city could move their can, but have been cruelly taught otherwise.

    Nov 17, 2009 at 11:23 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   infant tyrone bang

      They probably *thought* that “us” was correct, too…and they’ll never know otherwise.

      Nov 18, 2009 at 5:40 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.2   Canthz_B bang

      This would have been so much more salty if they had used “wee”!

      Nov 18, 2009 at 6:51 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.3   park rose bang

      Pithy, too.

      Nov 18, 2009 at 6:54 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.4   Canthz_B bang

      The gallstones of these people! But then, that would be “lithy”, huh?

      This too shall pass.

      Nov 18, 2009 at 7:24 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.5   Veloxiraptor bang

      Does the wind count as part of the city of San Diego?

      Nov 18, 2009 at 8:34 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.6   anglophile bang

      Meanwhile, down the street someone has posted a note on their recycling bin, vowing not to put it away until whoever left their garbage can on their curb comes and gets it.

      Nov 18, 2009 at 9:45 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.7   Mo®

      You kids get offa my lawn!

      Nov 18, 2009 at 10:11 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.8   infant tyrone bang

      CB/rose…

      I agree with (yo)urinalysis.

      Nov 18, 2009 at 12:14 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.9   pony girl bang

      14.6-glo,
      I have had to go 3 houses down to retrieve my can.
      I don’t know what I did to tick off the trash guys, but everyone else on the street finds their cans upright and next to the curb.
      Mine, however, are always on their side, and either in the middle of the street or 2-3 houses up or down the street.
      (the old guy across the street has started to give them grief, and lately it’s been left at one of my next door neighbors, so that’s a bit of an improvement)
      Team old drunk guy!

      Nov 19, 2009 at 7:24 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   anglophile bang

    Attn: I’m going to hold my breath until you return my garbage can, so you better bring it back RIGHT NOW!

    Nov 17, 2009 at 11:27 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Canthz_B bang

      Even the can is holding its breath…see, it has turned blue!

      Nov 17, 2009 at 11:39 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.2   JetJackson

      I don’t think it’s holding it’s breath… the can just has a really bad case of blue balls…

      Nov 18, 2009 at 12:33 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.3   songer

      according to imdb this trash can just got cast in the role of Papa Smurf… in the new… spike jonze film…

      Nov 18, 2009 at 9:25 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.4   aaa bang

      Its entire body is testicles? :O

      Nov 18, 2009 at 9:32 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.5   Mo®

      I work with people that are entirely testicular adjuncts.

      Nov 18, 2009 at 10:14 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.6   infant tyrone bang

      Never had the privilege, Mo…
      But I’ve worked with more than a few rectal emulators.

      Nov 18, 2009 at 12:16 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.7   JetJackson

      I guess it is a bad case of elephantitis. Did you never visit rotten dot com as a child?

      Nov 18, 2009 at 4:40 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.8   Geek Goddess

      I was a child in the days long before dot com, JJ. ty, I want to know where you got that dictionary. I think it has more words in it than mine does.

      Nov 18, 2009 at 4:52 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.9   infant tyrone bang

      Here y’are Ma’am,

      http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=cp

      I don’t contribute to it, nor was I “the” primum mobile of it here.

      Nov 18, 2009 at 5:07 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.10   JetJackson

      Dictionary?

      Nov 18, 2009 at 7:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   Canthz_B bang

    This is the punishment for not looking out for its brother.
    Recycle cans often have a sort of haughty “Am I the Trashcan’s Keeper?” attitude.

    Nov 17, 2009 at 11:28 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   park rose

      I’m kind of with you. I think they should have used ‘are Abel to move’ rather than ‘can move’.

      Nov 18, 2009 at 1:30 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.2   Canthz_B bang

      I Cain agree with that, rose.

      Nov 18, 2009 at 2:14 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.3   infant tyrone bang

      Well, y’all just remember what Papa Tom Aquinas always said:

      Do not despair…since one can was left.
      Do not presume…since one can was taken.

      I’d bring Esau into this but he’s busy witnessing up yonder at #5.1

      Nov 18, 2009 at 2:33 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.4   Geek Goddess

      Frankly, CB, I don’t give Adam.

      Nov 18, 2009 at 4:53 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.5   park rose bang

      I gave up my left rib for you, GG! Or was it my right? Or both? Oy vey… that’s gratitude for you. Kids nowadays. Too much smarts. Think they know it all.

      *brought to you by p.a. adam

      Nov 18, 2009 at 5:23 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.6   infant tyrone bang

      Hey, it’s Barry McGuire…hurry, somebody put a towel in his mouth…

      Nov 18, 2009 at 5:24 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Canthz_B bang

    Real estate agents have gotten so desperate in this housing market that they’ve begun to affix giant price tags to homes they have listed.

    Nov 17, 2009 at 11:37 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   infant tyrone bang

    If everyone here bought one or two PAN books for Christmas presents, would there be enough profit to buy a videocam + related equipment to set up across the street and keep #2 honest (or document the tragic disappearance of their 2nd can) ?

    I mean, hey…if we can watch street and harbor traffic in Oslo…Rancho Bernardo oughta be doable. Just askin’ in the spirit of good clean fun at the intersection of Entertainment Avenue and Crime Stoppers Boulevard.

    Nov 17, 2009 at 11:43 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   JetJackson

    Anyone that knows anything about Graffitti knows that’s just an anagram for the STMH crew of LA who normally has more hardcore versions of their anagram such as,

    Stomping The Most Hoods. (A stomper being a significantly large piece)
    Spraying Trains Much Harder
    Spanking The Most Honeys
    Smoking The Most Hooch

    Occaisionally though a crew member has been known to get a bit drunk on a Saturday night hence the sometimes sighted;

    Someone Take Me Home; and
    She Told Me Hellnoasshole! (Obviously they don’t realise the last one is not one word, forgive the poor little graffer’s, they are drunk)

    Long story short I think the one spotted above was an attempt at irony by the STMH crew.

    Crime solved! I should be on CSI!

    Nov 18, 2009 at 12:58 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   Gavin

    In response to the tagging one,

    I wonder in a few weeks if we’ll lay witness to an equivocal response to dog fouling outside their house…

    …might take a few days and a few curries to spell it out.

    Nov 18, 2009 at 4:23 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   Gavin

      My first post and I mess it up!

      equivocal similar

      Nov 18, 2009 at 4:49 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.2   JetJackson

      A thumb for effort.

      Nov 18, 2009 at 5:02 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.3   GK bang

      FFR, I think “equivalent” is what you were aimee for?

      Nov 18, 2009 at 6:13 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   katiemb

    We don’t need no stinking garbage can!

    Nov 18, 2009 at 5:23 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   Canthz_B bang

    No one should pay any mind to the second sign.
    Those people are always talking trash!

    Nov 18, 2009 at 6:56 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   Havingfitz

    I’m about to get myself a pretty new blue trashcan now, just on general principle.

    Nov 18, 2009 at 7:43 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   Canthz_B bang

      You can do that in a leisurely fashion if you take care of GP on CP time!

      *Posted for the select few. All others see urbandictionary.com for ‘GP’ & ‘CP time’* ;-)

      Nov 18, 2009 at 8:00 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.2   Critical Grass bang

      I’m always on CP time. ;)

      Nov 18, 2009 at 12:05 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.3   Languagegeek

      Central Pagan Time? What about it? ;)

      Nov 18, 2009 at 12:29 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.4   oi bang

      Don’t confuse “CP time ” and “CP” and please do not find definition of CP on urban dictionary and try to make sense of the CB’s comment. just don’t. ok?

      Nov 18, 2009 at 1:15 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.5   Critical Grass bang

      Why can’t we look up the definition of CP on… OH, NO! NO! MY EYES! MY EYES!

      Nov 18, 2009 at 2:08 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.6   infant tyrone bang

      CG,

      Whatsa matter, you don’t like JeanLuc?
      He’s not bad looking, as Star Trek actors go.

      He’s bald…could be worse…he could have been an androgynous redhead.
      Then there’d be the dreaded “Hey, check out the CP on CP!”
      If you didn’t know it was Def4 + Def7, you’d be lost.

      Nov 18, 2009 at 2:32 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   adam

    This trash can needs to get paintballed, big time. Wheres a gang of 14 year olds when you need em?

    Nov 18, 2009 at 8:15 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   Languagegeek

      Gangs of 14 year olds do not roam the hallowed halls of Rancho Bernardo. No, no.

      Rancho Bernardo is patrolled by roving gangs of old people who monitor who does and does not appear to have bags with which to pick up their dogs’ poop. And whose home has a door handle that does not conform to the HOA rules. And who put up a fence 6 inches higher than the rules allow and without a permit from the omnipotent HOA and the city. And, and, and….

      My mother lives in a community like that on the opposite coast, but it is astonishing how similar the attitudes and people are. *eyeroll* Spare me. I don’t miss San Diego one bit.

      Nov 18, 2009 at 12:35 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.2   adam

      Thats it, I’m starting a driveby paintballing for hire business.

      We will light up any house, car, or trash can that you want…for a price.

      Nov 18, 2009 at 3:29 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.3   mkat

      Launguagegeek, you forgot about all of the forms you have to fill out to even THINK about replacing that door handle. =) I actually work for an HOA Management Company in San Diego…so sue me but it’s the highlight of my day to mail out all of the violation letters for infractions like this.

      Leaving your garbage and/or recycling container out after collection is considered a major taboo and usually subject to monetary penalties if it is not placed inside of the garage by midnight after collection. Most of my homeowners would have called up screaming if this was in my HOA.

      Also, garbage can can be expensive to replace in S.D., especially if you have to get them from the City, I’ve seen them be as much as $90.

      Nov 20, 2009 at 7:59 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   songer

    “Only us” can move our garbage can inside…

    they put the ‘us’ in usa

    of course in soviet russia, garbage can moves you inside for being a preposterous asshole.

    Nov 18, 2009 at 9:14 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   songer

    for all we know, their own children are probably hiding in that taped-shut trash can.

    Nov 18, 2009 at 9:41 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   Quinn

    Maybe they meant ‘staging’ as in.. stop putting my things in a nice orderly way as to attract potential buyers?

    Nov 18, 2009 at 10:14 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   Critical Grass bang

    And five minutes after the angry woman wrote those words on the wall, a neighborhood kid with a smirk upon the face started working on his chef d’œuvre.
    When he walked away we could see the brilliancy of his work:

    #crazy.cat.lady

    She was tagged…

    Nov 18, 2009 at 12:23 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   GhostWriter bang

    As I approached the blue bin to read the note, a paper mache Pee Wee Herman popped up and out of the bin, frightening me. Apparently, “Stole” was Word of the Day.

    Nov 18, 2009 at 12:41 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   Bcteagirl

    Ok… if we all work together we can fill up that can with dog poop… who is with me??

    Nov 18, 2009 at 6:35 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   jinx

    I wanna say the person who thinks their garbage can was stolen is insane, but this actually happened to my friend. She is not said sign poster, we live in NJ, but someone stole her garbage cans. O O I’m pretty sure you can buy them in the dollar store. So, if you’re gonna steal something I say steal something with actual value. That doesn’t stink.

    Nov 19, 2009 at 12:55 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #31.1   Canthz_B bang

      I also had a really solid trash can stolen in NJ.
      Talk about being shocked and amazed? Of all things to steal? A garbage can? Who fences these things? What do they go for on the black market?

      I now think that if something has wheels, and is not chained in place, it should be equipped with LoJack.

      Nov 22, 2009 at 12:14 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #32   Toni

    I live in San Diego. Those cans cost about a hundred bucks to get replaced from the city. Can’t use anything else either. Follow the money.

    Nov 21, 2009 at 5:49 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #33   Nicole

    Re: the San Diego garbage cans, did this by chance happen in Rancho Bernardo?

    Dec 12, 2009 at 5:24 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
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