Please refrain from unintentional irony

February 24th, 2010 · 80 comments

Is it executive exceptionalism at work here? Supreme lack of self-awareness? A wicked sense of humor? You decide.

Exhibit a) from Reva in Reedsburg, Wisconsin

PLEASE Be considerate when placing anything on the board. Don't cover up someone else's ads, posters, etc. Thank you!

Exhibit b) from Peggy at the University of New Brunswick

Fire regulations prohibit the posting of signs and notices on glass in passageways.

Exhibit c) from Jess in San Francisco

NO MORE NOTES!!

related: Please respect my fellow employees and stop leaving notes

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80 responses so far ↓

  • #1   shwonline bang

    Please do not post comments!

    Feb 24, 2010 at 6:43 pm   rating: 57  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   SilverFire85

    I don’t want to nitpick here, but it’s ReedsburG Wisconsin, not ReedsburD. :)

    Feb 24, 2010 at 6:48 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   AuntyBron

      Really? They put a capital “G” at the end of their name? Weird.

      Feb 24, 2010 at 11:47 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   anglophile bang

    And cue the Alanis Morissette jokes in three…two…one…

    Feb 24, 2010 at 6:48 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Wade bang

      That’s what I was going to post.

      Ironic, don’t ya think?

      Feb 24, 2010 at 7:16 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   anglophile bang

      Mostly I think it’s just a bummer.

      Feb 24, 2010 at 7:40 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   Critical Grass bang

      Oh, what the hell…

      It’s like rai-iiiiin on your wedding day…

      There, I said it.

      Feb 24, 2010 at 8:48 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.4   matty-wat

      More ironic than any of the examples in Alanis Morissette’s song. Now if you are a weatherman or woman and it rains on your wedding day THAT’S ironic.

      Feb 24, 2010 at 9:19 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.5   Palomon bang

      A song called “Ironic” with no irony in it is about as ironic as it gets.
      The woman is a genius!

      Feb 24, 2010 at 9:55 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.6   Critical Grass bang

      Yeah, genius… Let’s go with that….

      Feb 24, 2010 at 11:37 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.7   Palomon bang

      Nothing ironic there.

      Feb 25, 2010 at 12:36 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.8   Mo® bang

      Now with 50% more Canadian.

      Feb 25, 2010 at 9:49 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Steve

    Clearly, one of the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen, jealous of Brian Brueggen’s swagger, posted that note on the first board.

    Feb 24, 2010 at 6:52 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   park rose bang

    Talking about people posting on other notes and obscuring them:

    wassup PANggalos and PANgalettes? chillin here in ma dark latrine listnin (someone forgot to change the light bulb… wassup wit that? must write note) to some fluid hokus pokus shit. Yo remember what CB say way back in the thread Shoes or not to Shoes, some PANggalos jus PANggalos when it’s convenient to write at work, and they might not even have socks on! remember be down wit da PAN 4 real, not jus when you’re barefoot or have fifty company pennies to spend. jus a reminder from a PANgalette to all the PANistas out there, look in urself and make sure you remembered to hook up ur bra and put clean underwear on. make sure ur faith in the written word to do more harm than good is bumpin like clowns driving dodgem cars at carnival, an that the right hand of tha man don’t know what the left hand of the worker is doin, special when that left hand belong to long time absent PANggalo, Claw71. miss you brother. long live dedication to masturbation ! yo! yo! yo!*

    *PS: If this duplicates, sorry. I’ll ask that one of the other gets deleted later, (thank you, Kerry and Eerac!).

    Feb 24, 2010 at 7:06 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Andre

    Wow. It really IS like rain on my wedding day.

    Feb 24, 2010 at 7:14 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   oi bang

    FIRST!!!11!!

    Feb 24, 2010 at 7:26 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Critical Grass bang

      LAME!!11!!

      ;)

      Feb 24, 2010 at 8:56 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   matty-wat

      I think oi was just being ironic, doncha think?

      Feb 24, 2010 at 9:14 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.3   Critical Grass bang

      Yeah, I do. I even put an emoticon there ( ;) ), didn’t you see? ;)

      Feb 24, 2010 at 9:19 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.4   matty-wat

      Aah! Don’t I feel dumb. Thanks for not being too Critical of me CG. I am emoticon impaired.

      Feb 24, 2010 at 9:23 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.5   Critical Grass bang

      Anytime, MW, anytime…

      Feb 24, 2010 at 9:40 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   park rose bang

    Who said you couldn’t buy rhythm? Those afflicted with the white man’s overbite should be happy. Top left hand corner of the first PAN photo. Who could ask for anything more?

    Feb 24, 2010 at 7:30 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   oi bang

      This comment gives me shudders!

      Feb 24, 2010 at 7:49 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   matty-wat

      Thank goodness! I am tired of snapping/clapping on one and three.

      Feb 24, 2010 at 9:35 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.3   park rose bang

      It’s a shame your shudders didn’t make you accidentally fall onto that thumb button, oi :cry:

      Ah, the irony… I was the first!!!1111!111!! on yours ;)

      matty-wat, you’re a funny kid, but I like you.

      Feb 24, 2010 at 10:34 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.4   oi

      I paid my due rose. btw did you check your mbl?

      Feb 24, 2010 at 10:46 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.5   clumber

      Gotcher’ thumb, Rose. Barely even need to ask.

      Feb 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   oi bang

    I m fluen8 in 3nglish.

    Feb 24, 2010 at 8:04 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   Maddy

    Hard to believe – hope they’re just jokes – someone with a great sense of humor.

    Feb 24, 2010 at 8:51 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   Critical Grass bang

    I don’t know what happens in those people’s minds, but I do wanna find out. I’m guessing they: 1. are really distracted (more distracted than those who can’t find their own glasses, even though they’re on their faces); 2. don’t really care if other people think they’re dumb or distracted and just do it for the irony, true heroes.
    Either way, keep up the good work. We are huge fans!

    Feb 24, 2010 at 9:04 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   boo ya

    FIST PUMP!!!! PUUUUU TANG…..

    Feb 24, 2010 at 9:23 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   bibberly

    Today I had to go to a meeting as part of state certification in my job. The meeting was run by a nice woman named Terry who watches out for everyone and makes sure everyone is up-to-date in certification. I was the only one who found it funny when everyone ended the meeting by saying, “Thank you, Terry!”

    Feb 24, 2010 at 9:28 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   matt

    evidence of this post covering can be seen in the bottom right corner of the top picture. according to the date on it, its been there for 21 years

    Feb 24, 2010 at 9:30 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Canthz_B bang

      My how time flies! Seems like November 09 was only months ago…how long was I asleep?!

      Feb 24, 2010 at 10:12 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.2   not gen anything

      Apparently matt is a visitor from the *FUTURE*.

      Feb 24, 2010 at 10:57 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.3   Canthz_B bang

      Cool skateboard though!

      Feb 24, 2010 at 11:07 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.4   matt

      according to my reading it could say either 09 or 89, but it prefer to think it says the latter. esp given the german’ish sounding name on the poster and the berlin wall falling in 89, i think that would be ironic!

      Feb 25, 2010 at 1:57 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.5   Canthz_B bang

      As long as I can get pancakes until 8:88 pm, I’m cool with it. :-)

      Feb 25, 2010 at 2:23 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.6   Mo® bang

      Kids under 18 get a special deal!

      Feb 25, 2010 at 1:42 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   Escape Goat

    I’m calling bullshit on notes 1 and 3.

    Note 2 is exactly the sort of missive sent by a mouth-breathing school administrator; therefore, I do not call bullshit on said note.

    Feb 24, 2010 at 10:05 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   jess

      I took picture #3 and I can assure you it’s totally not fake. There is a white board in the backroom of my work put there specifically for people to leave notes on. Then our manager posted a not on the note board about how she was tired of seeing notes everywhere. Then, apparently not satisfied, she put a post-it note on top of the note that was on top of the note board. I swear on everything that is ironic that I took that picture and it is real! Haha. Our manager is crazy. Btw, picture was taken at a starbucks.

      Feb 25, 2010 at 10:22 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.2   Escape Goat

      Cheers! Honestly, it’s scary how crazy real people truly are–the fact it’s real I could not even fathom it being so makes me laugh that much harder.

      Feb 25, 2010 at 2:39 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   Canthz_B bang

    Hmm, that’s novel. A breakfast-for-supper served at dinner time.

    I’m so happy that wasn’t covered by some lame notice about spitting in the urinals.

    Feb 24, 2010 at 10:23 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   Canthz_B bang

    The post-it with mixed writing styles is making me nauseous.

    “I’m using cursive…No I’m not…Yes I am.”

    Settle down there, Sybil.

    Feb 24, 2010 at 10:49 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   tscott bang

    The irony is a bit metallic on all 3, but I find it amusing nonetheless

    Feb 24, 2010 at 10:59 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   Canthz_B bang

      But which gets gold, silver or bronze?
      Personally, I’m platinum all on the back.

      Feb 24, 2010 at 11:10 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.2   Critical Grass bang

      Irony… metallic… Oh, I get it… haha :|

      Feb 24, 2010 at 11:35 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   Thanks!

    Oh…wait. I get it, it is Opposite Day!

    Feb 24, 2010 at 11:28 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   Critical Grass bang

      Don’t be silly… Opposite Day can’t be in the same day as Invisible Wednesday!

      Feb 24, 2010 at 11:34 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.2   AuntyBron

      Hmmm. Thus, irony.

      Feb 24, 2010 at 11:52 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   Matthew

    Work notes are the best :D

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/suomynona/sets/72157609039497242/

    Feb 25, 2010 at 1:07 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   matt

      thats one seriously disturbing blog. you should tip them off to the health authorities to get the hotel condemned. (that or get the bug guy to gas the joint with the manager and owner inside)

      Feb 25, 2010 at 8:59 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   Pterosaur

    Exhibit A) Helpful but oblivious writer.

    Exhibit B) Retarded manager.

    Exhibit C) Self-aware master of irony. Bravo!

    Notice that in C the white “no more notes” note is posted over a larger note (whiteboard?). Double irony.

    Feb 25, 2010 at 9:39 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   Mo® bang

    I’d like to have an argument please.
    I see. Do you want to have the full argument, or were you thinking of taking a course?
    Well, I think it’s probably best if I start with the one and see how it goes from there.

    Feb 25, 2010 at 12:14 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   Mark bang

      Shut your festering gob, you tit! Your kind really makes me PUKE! You VACUOUS, TOFFEE-NOSED, MALODOROUS PERVERT!!!

      Feb 25, 2010 at 12:20 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.2   Vintage_K bang

      ooh ooh I want in I want in!!!

      You’re both poo-poo heads! :lol:

      Feb 25, 2010 at 12:30 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.3   Critical Grass bang

      No, they’re not.

      Feb 25, 2010 at 1:11 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.4   Vintage_K bang

      Really CG? I mean are you sure?

      Feb 25, 2010 at 1:29 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.5   Mo® bang

      I am sorry what are you going on about? I came here for an argument not this abuse!

      Feb 25, 2010 at 1:45 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.6   Critical Grass bang

      Yes, I’m sure! What? You don’t believe me? Are you calling me a liar?
      Let go of me! Help! Help! I’m being repressed!

      Feb 25, 2010 at 1:48 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.7   Woman on the Verge bang

      Okay, MO, wanna fight?

      Feb 25, 2010 at 1:59 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.8   Critical Grass bang

      Abuse? Luxury!

      Feb 25, 2010 at 2:01 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.9   Mark bang

      We used to ‘ave to get up out of shoebox at twelve o’clock at night and lick road clean wit’ tongue.

      Feb 25, 2010 at 2:17 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.10   Vintage_K bang

      Argument/Abuse/Fight/Luxury…umm, I want to complain.

      Feb 25, 2010 at 2:17 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.11   Mark bang

      You want to complain! Look at these shoes. I’ve only had them three weeks and the heels are worn right through.

      Feb 25, 2010 at 2:48 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.12   Mo® bang

      There is some lovely muck over ‘ere!

      Feb 25, 2010 at 2:48 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.13   Vintage_K bang

      Mark, if you complain nothing happens, you might as well not bother!

      Feb 25, 2010 at 3:23 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #23   Wordtinker doesnt smith bang

    Irony, much like sunshine on the water, makes me happy. Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry.

    Feb 25, 2010 at 1:39 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   Mo® bang

      It usually makes me want to mow the lawn in the nude. Thank god I am a country boy.

      Feb 25, 2010 at 2:52 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   Woman on the Verge bang

    Nothing screams passive aggressive like a post-it note. Without words it says, “I don’t consider communicating with you to be important enough to warrant fun fonts and clipart.”

    Feb 25, 2010 at 2:05 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   Jess

      Life would be so much more amusing if people took the time to add clipart to their passive aggressive notes!

      Feb 25, 2010 at 6:44 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   T.U.M.

    The Mississippi Valley Dutchmen? Didn’t they lost the Battle of the Bands to the Hudson Valley Creoles?

    Feb 26, 2010 at 10:59 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
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