We live in a nice community with nice neighbors (before you started posting notes)

June 16th, 2010 · 135 comments

Chris found this not-so-nice note in the laundry room of his nice townhouse complex. What’s interesting here is how the author seems to undermine his or her own logic. (As Chris put it, “I know it’s really pathetic to steal a dryer sheet and a quarter, but really, is it that big of a deal?”)

If it’s not about the 25 cents, but rather, the principle of the thing, well…which is worse? To take a quarter from an empty laundry room, knowing that one of your neighbors left it there? Or to post a dick-ish anonymous note for all to see…instead of, say, keeping your damn quarters in your pocket like everybody else?

To the INDIGENT who stole MY dryer sheet and MY quarter that I left on MY washer while MY clothes were washing..and yes, I know who you are... Are you THAT fuckin poor that you have to steal a quarter??  Grow the fuck up.  We live in a nice community with nice neighbors (before you moved here). I've left quarters and dryer sheets on my washer many times, and they've never been taken til now. You can tape a dollar to this note if you have any kind of a conscience...otherwise, expect some bad karma comin back at ya...

related: I know where you live, laundry thief

FILED UNDER: ellipses-crazed · fuck fuckity fuck fuck · grow up · I know who you are · karma's a bitch · laundry · message to all intended for one · money · neighbors · stealing · Tucson


135 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Nicola

    actually, I think this situation makes the person who took the quarter look bad. If the quarter was on the floor, fine, ok. But it sounds like the quarter was on a running washer, and clearly the tenant was planning on coming back to dry the clothes. I guess he could have carried his quarter around with him, but still…

    Jun 16, 2010 at 9:40 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Maas

      You can’t keep your coins in your pocket if your pants are in the washer…

      Jun 20, 2010 at 12:32 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   infant tyrone bang

      Oedipa,
      Thanks for triggering an old lyric…

      Gideon come up with his eyes on the floor
      Said “You ain’t got a hinge, you can’t close the door.”
      Moses stood up a full six foot ten
      Said “You can’t close the door when the wall’s caved in.”

      Jun 20, 2010 at 1:06 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Bemused

    Wait, why should they get a dollar back for a quarter and a five cent dryer sheet?

    Jun 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm   rating: 51  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Jonathan

      What about the paper? And the tape? And the toner? And the time to put that sign up? And the amortized cost of Microsoft Office?

      Passive aggression is no cheap hobby.

      Jun 16, 2010 at 9:43 pm   rating: 146  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   Anna

      Hee. Well done, Jonathan. :)

      Jun 16, 2010 at 9:58 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.3   infant tyrone bang

      Why a dollar ?

      ‘Cause any place you can run a pay drier for a quarter these days is connected to and probably subsidized by a long-historied conglomerate.

      Interestingly enough, it’s all covered in Section 8.3 of the CC&R’s, to wit…

      Well, Cholly, it’s like dis here…
      ya got da principle of da ting
      an’ on top ah dat…ya got da vig.

      Jun 16, 2010 at 11:37 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.4   AuntyBron

      Bemused,
      You spend 5 cents on a dryer sheet? Day-um you buy the expensive stuff!

      Jun 17, 2010 at 12:02 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.5   Heather

      They are asking for a dollar to replace the quarter and cover the price of the dryer sheet.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 8:33 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.6   clumber

      Well you can’t forget the time and physical wear involved in the notewriter having to trudge uphill (both ways) back to wherever their Quarters Safe is stored, enter the combo and retrieve another quarter, trudge back to the laundry, and double-check that the stick is still firmly up their ass. I’d say 75¢ is a bargain.

      {My mother language needs a genderless pronoun dangit… I *HATE* using “their” incorrectly like that…. but “his\her” is even worse.}

      Jun 17, 2010 at 8:57 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.7   Mo® bang

      Captain Obvious award goes to…

      Jun 17, 2010 at 9:00 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.8   mamason bang

      Good Karma ain’t cheap.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.9   Scribbles the Monkey bang

      Infant Tyrone: what’s the action?

      Jun 17, 2010 at 10:48 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.10   infant tyrone bang

      StM: Run the water really loud and I’ll tell you the secret location of the bocce ball court where we discuss these things on Saturdays.

      Jun 18, 2010 at 12:40 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.11   pylgrim

      I say 1 dolar is quite a bargain to settle this out of court. As things are these days the note writer could easily sue the thief for thousands of dollars because all the stress, angst and psychological damage that only long, extensive therapy will eventually be able to heal.

      Jun 18, 2010 at 1:14 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   Jonathan

    I keep my quarters in my freezer. Makes it easier to remember to put them away when the ice cream munchies hit.

    Jun 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Fridge Pirate

      The ice cream was fucking delicious.

      Jun 16, 2010 at 11:23 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   abdul sallaj

    he really stole $3. if you consider the man hours, electricity, paper, ink that went into producing this fine work of art.

    Jun 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   Gunderson

    Sorry, I had to use the pay toilet, and there was no more TP left in it. I returned the sheet back into your dryer after I was done. No hard feelings, mmm..ok?

    Jun 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm   rating: 30  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Canthz_B bang

      Should be able to sniff the thief out. He’ll be with the one with the ass that smells Springtime Fresh.

      Jun 16, 2010 at 10:40 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.2   clumber

      A new market for Fabreeze® to consider tapping into!

      Jun 17, 2010 at 8:59 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.3   Mo® bang

      and feminine hygiene products too!

      Jun 17, 2010 at 9:01 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.4   mamason bang

      On hot days I always put a dryer sheet in my panties. I’m April fresh even in July.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 9:12 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.5   Mo® bang

      Mmmmmm, who is April?

      Jun 17, 2010 at 9:46 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.6   infant tyrone bang

      April Summers ?

      Jun 17, 2010 at 11:08 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.7   eslinger bang

      mamason: Wouldn’t that make your bum itchy?

      Jun 17, 2010 at 1:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.8   mamason bang

      close…

      Jun 17, 2010 at 2:04 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.9   Scribbles the Monkey bang

      I’m tempted to try that, mamason, on my swingnuts. There’s got to be a better way than having to shower after work just to get a blowey.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 10:53 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   Melodie

    Here’s what: I don’t carry cash anymore; I pay for everything by Interac. So when I need laundry coins, I have to go and ask for them at the bank, and no matter which teller I get, they always make fun of me for asking for, like, eight dollars in coin.

    So I might be cheesed if someone stole my precious laundry coins, since I wouldn’t have a replacement, AND I’d have to go back to the bank.

    Then again, I don’t leave my coins and dryer sheets lying around. Bunch of savages in this town.

    Jun 16, 2010 at 9:48 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   FeRD bang

      The tellers make fun of you, Melodie, because you could just splurge on a whole roll of change. Then you’d be all set for next time, instead of having to go back to the bank (…and bother [with] the tellers)! :)

      Jun 16, 2010 at 10:11 pm   rating: 41  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   infant tyrone bang

      So, local muggers up in Canada are set up to swipe your card for $$ ?
      Or do they actually have to swipe your card ?

      P.S. This is a small version of what conspiracy buffs often miss when they prophesy the imminent cashless society with the attendant # of the Beast or other bugaboos attached. Organized crime is not going to register with Wall Street to accept e-currencies nor will they become a barter economy. Cash will be legal and prevalent for a long, long time.

      Jun 16, 2010 at 11:48 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.3   mystic_eye

      Actually many sci-fi writers predict that the cashless society will have illegal currency, afterall the crooks are much better than “legitimate” business when it comes to web security.

      Businesses, banks, and the government get hacked* all the time, but when was the last time you heard the Mafia, or Hell’s Angels get hacked.

      *PS Yes, I am aware that the cracked/hacked debate. I’ve just give up, just like I’ve given up on the IBM compatible/PC debate.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 2:12 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.4   infant tyrone bang

      I don’t have a personal contact (that I know of) in the Mafia or the Angels, but I doubt that much of their accounting gets into computers, except in front businesses they operate for money laundering.
      Since those are high cash volume operations, their computers are hack/crack resistant primarily due to not being on any network.
      Uncle Enzo doesn’t need to sit at his desk and query the pizza joint as to how much they made last week…he needs to send a guy down there to tell them how much they made and to deliver the cash so they can deposit it in the laundromat/bank.

      Any good recommendations for sci-fi with cashless illegal currency ?

      IBM compatible/PC debate ?
      Did you mean PC vs. Mac debate ?
      If you can remember when folks were fussy about whether a compatible ought to be called “a PC” or not, you’re in my age bracket or close.
      Asteroids wasn’t just an arcade game for dinosaurs like us.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 4:27 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.5   FeRD bang

      I’m reminded of the line from Sneakers.

      On organized crime: “Hah! Don’t kid yourself. It’s not that organized.”

      Jun 18, 2010 at 12:45 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.6   Susan

      Melodie — I get 5 rolls of quarters at a time (my washers and dryers cost $1.75). That way, I only need to go the bank every couple of months instead of every week.

      I actually have a nice quarters-left-in-the-laundry-room story (and in NYC, no less). Usually I only bring down the number of quarters I need to do my laundry. But once I was in a hurry and brought down the whole damn bag of quarter rolls — all $50 worth. And then, in my rush, I left it in the laundry room. I didn’t realize it until the following week when I went to do laundry again. Without much hope, I asked my super if anyone had turned in my bag of quarters. Someone had. My super had been holding onto it, waiting for someone to ask about it. I was so happy!

      Jun 24, 2010 at 8:20 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   StinkHair

    My apt. complex is doing the latest thing–DOING AWAY WITH COINS for laundry. I have a card key that has to be charged up with a minimum of a five dollar bill to do my wash and drying.

    Jun 16, 2010 at 9:56 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Shea

      We’ve been coinless for years. I love it! No more hoarding quarters!

      Jun 17, 2010 at 1:07 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   leftfoot

    what idiot leaves any change lying around in public and doesn’t expect it to get taken?

    i used to live in a crappy neighborhood and would leave my doors unlocked so the crackheads would just steal the change without breaking anything to get to it.

    I mean… come on. It’s called common sense. sheesh.

    Jun 16, 2010 at 9:58 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Nack

      Hm, yeah. I’m indignant that the indigent stole from me, even though I left it out to be stolen in the first place.

      If you want to keep it, do like your momma told you and put it in your pocket for safe-keeping. Rather than complain and whine that some people don’t have moral fortitude. (Even if that really does suck.)

      Jun 16, 2010 at 10:49 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   farcical aquatic ceremony

      pants too form-fitting to accommodate ONE quarter and ONE dryer sheet leads to writing of moronic letter, eh? Sounds like further confirmation of the whole skinny-jeans-wearing~assholishness connection.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 8:13 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.3   mamason bang

      Cuts off circulation to the brain.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 9:15 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   Zoe

    If he knew who the Indigent was, why did he not put a note in the mailbox?

    Oh wait, that would not have been PA enough!

    PS I heard the other day that someone has been putting notes in people’s mailboxes on my complex complaining of speeding through the complex. They’re anonymous apparently. I haven’t received one (yet) but love one to post here! I work from home so I have to get my PA notes fix somewhere else.

    Jun 16, 2010 at 10:10 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Canthz_B bang

      On his/her door would be wiser.

      Little known fact…it is illegal to put anything but US mail into a mailbox (in the USA, of course).

      That’s why those annoying fliers adorn porches and apartment building lobbies from sea to shining sea.

      Jun 16, 2010 at 10:31 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.2   Splint Chesthair

      Interesting. I wonder if there’s any case law on that. The only code I can find is 18 U.S.C. § 1725 which qualifies that there must be an “…intent to avoid payment of lawful postage thereon,…” Seems like you’d be able to argue that there was no intent to avoid postage since you live int he same building. Seems like they’re making an exception for personal correspondence between individuals.

      But I did find out that the max penalty for mailbox smashing is 3 years in jail according to 18 U.S.C. § 1705. That’s tough but fair.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 7:14 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.3   Canthz_B bang

      Um, if you decide to self-deliver a letter, I think you intend to avoid paying postage. Governments like stamps, have for hundreds of years. I suspect it has something to do with money, so I’d expect they would do almost anything to discourage self-delivery…including limiting access to mailboxes to paid mail.

      Mailboxes are for US mail…that’s why they often say “US Mail” on them. Also why you’ll sometimes see someone has mounted a second, non-US mail box.

      But I wouldn’t waste any time researching the matter further.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 7:38 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.4   Splint Chesthair

      But then why qualify it like that is my point? Why say that you must have intent to avoid postage, rather than, say just don’t do it. Damn it, I demand full explanation with annotation and citation. I need case law to know what I can and cannot get away with.

      Edit: I do see that the the D041.2.3 form available o nthe USPS website states “no part of a mail receptacle may be used to deliver any matter not bearing postage, including items or matter placed upon, supported by, attached to, hung from, or inserted into a mail receptacle.”

      Now that is more restrictive than the actual USC code. But I’m guessing it’s one of those laws where there are only consequences if you piss of the Post Office.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 7:54 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.5   Canthz_B bang

      You’re serious, aren’t you?
      But anyway, yes…that’s why many newspapers supply boxes of their own…because they cannot legally place their papers in the hooks slung beneath mailboxes, or put the newspaper inside of mailboxes.

      I guess the best way to look at it is that “mail” has postage and goes in mailboxes. Any other correspondence or delivery is not mail, and cannot be placed into a mailbox.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 8:11 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.6   mystic_eye

      I’m in Canada and my newspaper and fliers go in my “mail box”. Mind you I don’t have a mail box I have a slit (like some apartments have if they don’t have mail boxes in the lobby) that goes into what used to be my milk box.

      PS why can’t I get milk delivered if I have a milk box? Also what isn’t the Dairy industry prohibiting mail in my milk box?!

      Jun 17, 2010 at 2:18 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.7   infant tyrone bang

      I’d rather have mail in my milk box than milk in my mailbox…but then,
      I’d rather have a free bottle in front of me than a prefrontal lobotomy.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 4:30 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   Canthz_B bang

    This note was left by the General Manager of my favorite (but pathetic) NFL team.
    He desperately needs to get a quarterback too.

    Jun 16, 2010 at 10:26 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   GhostWriter bang

      Go Bears!! (…and their hopefully compensatory running game)

      Jun 17, 2010 at 9:12 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   Alicia

    Wow – could you have spared the quarter if the person had been there with you and politely asked for it? Or would you offer your spare change to a bum who looked like their clothing could use a wash? Next time, earn YOURSELF some good karma by letting it go!

    * Though I will be the first to admit that stealing the dryer sheet was taking it one step too far.

    Jun 16, 2010 at 10:31 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   aloria

      One of the worst chore-related tragedies is going to dry your clothes and realizing that you’re exactly one quarter short (or in my case, that one of the coins is one of those blasted Canadian quarters the machine won’t eat.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 9:42 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   mystic_eye

      Canadian vending machines take US quarters? I thought they were the exact same size?

      Jun 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.3   twiggy

      maybe he didn’t actually steal the dryer sheet. Maybe he saw the quarter, thought “wow, must be my luck day, a quarter” and put it in his pocket. Now, the dryer sheet is no longer held down and a gentle breeze or gust of air could blow it down onto the floor.

      Jun 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.4   TippingCows

      Mystic – it is not size but weight that is the difference.

      (not the length, but the GIRTH. OH YEAH. Wrong subject).

      Jun 20, 2010 at 3:51 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   ~/semaht~

    I’d like to think the dollar was dutifully left, then stolen by a third party without the knowledge of the “launderer” or the “indigent”!

    Jun 16, 2010 at 10:36 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Alicia

      and I think some other passive aggressive will attach just a piece of tape…

      Jun 16, 2010 at 10:37 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.2   mystic_eye

      Ohhhh you’re awesomely evil. I like that!

      Jun 17, 2010 at 2:20 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.3   Madrias bang

      If I were the thief, I’d stick the dollar bill up there with duct tape. The Passive Aggressive writing the note didn’t state what type of tape to use…

      Jun 19, 2010 at 10:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.4   Kimmypie

      Team 3rd party thief!

      Jun 21, 2010 at 4:53 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   marathonmom

    I am still lost at the part about why they left the quarter on the washer????? Are there really nice complexes out there where, say, the residents float around in sheer caftans that don’t have pockets???

    Either way – .25 to dry is a bargain in this day and age.

    Jun 16, 2010 at 10:45 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   orinoco womble

      Honey, it would have been a bargain 30 yrs ago when I was a young womble in university. Even in those days it was 50 cents to wash and 30 to dry.

      Jun 21, 2010 at 2:09 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   Dawn

    Why is this person leaving their quarters and dryer sheets on top of the washer to begin with? Obviously they aren’t just sitting in the laundry room waiting for the wash to get done so they’re heading back to their apt…why don’t they just take their quarter and dryer sheet when they actually come back to switch? I think the writer of the note is the idiot for leaving it there in the first place.

    I’m on the side of the indigent :)

    Jun 16, 2010 at 10:55 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   infant tyrone bang

      Note-writer, the original butt of the “Fuck him. Give him a dollar !” joke?
      But before we get too choked up, think of the other guy…

      I pity the poor indigent
      Who wishes he would’ve stayed home
      And not purloined that dryer sheet
      Cause now his identity is known
      , etc.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 12:06 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   bowloftoast bang

    What sort of bad karma does the universe portion out for the theft of a dryer sheet and a quarter? Does the thief get a pimple? Hiccups?

    Jun 16, 2010 at 11:07 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Z

      Itchy bum?

      Jun 16, 2010 at 11:22 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.2   park rose bang

      Sticky fingers?

      Jun 17, 2010 at 1:26 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.3   Nack

      Static cling will attach a red sock to the inside of their white work shirt. MUAHAHA

      Jun 17, 2010 at 2:06 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.4   mamason bang

      Rose, Itchy bum results in stinky fingers, though I suppose that could be sticky too.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 9:19 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   Sarah

    This whole sharing washing machines and dryers thing is weird. I’d really want to buy my own so I can have one that’s energy and water efficient, and who still uses a dryer? Don’t we all hang our clothes up to dry now?

    Jun 17, 2010 at 12:57 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Woman on the Verge bang

      Um. No.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 5:45 am   rating: 29  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.2   HappyNat

      Sarah,

      No we don’t all hang our clothes to dry. It’s not the 1890s. Also, many apartment/condo/dorms have shared laundry and many people can’t afford to buy their own washer. Where the heck do you live?

      Jun 17, 2010 at 7:22 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.3   Splint Chesthair

      Where DO you live? Many communities even have laws against hanging clothes outside. Also what do you think is more energy efficieny, have 10 large washer and dryers for 40-50 people or for each person to own their own washer/dryer. Might be you’re being selfish with the energy there Miss Sarah.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 7:25 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.4   The Elf

      Um, yeah, still use a dryer. When we moved into our new house, the previous owner never bothered to install one. Why should she? She was elderly and always used a line. When we repaired everything, we had the electrician put in the proper socket and we bought one. 1 1/2 months of hanging up my panties and his boxers in the utility room was enough. More than enough. Put me firmly on team dryer and damn the energy cost.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 8:42 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.5   Mo® bang

      When I am driving about in my flivver it really steams my monocle to see people hanging their wash out when it clearly is not wash day! Harrumph!!!

      Jun 17, 2010 at 9:50 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.6   aaa bang

      Well, we all know that cool kids cram a washer and dryer into their apartment, space be damned!

      Jun 17, 2010 at 11:18 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.7   Shea

      Not only can some people not afford a washer/dryer, but some people couldn’t install them if they wanted to. I could certainly afford a set, but live in a small apartment in NYC. There’s absolutely nowhere in my apartment to put a washer/dryer– even a 110 stackable (which are horrible anyway). There aren’t any water hookups for the washer (and it’d never fit in my kitchen for the portable kind).

      Jun 17, 2010 at 1:17 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.8   eslinger bang

      Some of us have allergies, Sarah, so no, we do not all hang our laundry out in the allergen-filled air to dry. And I’ll be damned if I’m hanging anything up to dry inside my home aside from bras, pantyhose, and anything else that specifically says to line dry.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 1:20 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.9   Belle

      Maybe Sarah is not from the US/Canada (or even Europe, I don’t know how they do laundry in Europe).

      I’m Brazilian and here we don’t have this habit of sharing washing machines, each house has its own. And most people don’t use dryers, things dry quickly if you just hang them (I don’t even live in the hottest Brazilian states, but most clothes take 1 day to dry, normally). It is more energy efficient and it’s a culture thing, you don’t need to be so mean to Sarah.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.10   mystic_eye

      Many apartment buildings have plumbing that can’t deal with people doing laundry with machines in their apartment. The laundry room normally has its own.

      And no, I don’t hang my clothes out to dry in any season except the summer, yes I am aware that you can dry laundry when its below freezing but I don’t care to try.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 2:23 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.11   aaa bang

      Understanding something is a “cultural thing” tends to keep you from making broad, sweeping generalizations (i.e. “Don’t we all…”).

      Jun 17, 2010 at 4:00 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.12   eslinger bang

      I don’t think anyone was trying to “be so mean” to Sarah. Or at least, I know I wasn’t. I was just pointing out the reason I personally wouldn’t hang my laundry outside to dry. I’ve just thought of two more reasons: birds pooping on my clothing, and the punk kids who live around here. They’ll steal anything and everything, it doesn’t matter what it is. Like someone else said much earlier… Bunch of savages in this town.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.13   infant tyrone bang

      If in France even bathing is somewhat avant garde, I suspect they’re still doing focus group studies on this newfangled laundry concept.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 4:38 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.14   park rose

      I know this has been discussed before, but my quarter’s worth is here, too. I am Australian, have lived in NZ, Japan and Oman. Dryers are not common in any of those countries. They would be useful in NZ (South island), but things eventually dry. So saying, I use a dryer here (the U.S.) as we do not have a line and it constantly rains, as it did in Japan and NZ. I use it, but will hopefully cut down once we get a line put up somewhere. Currently, when the day is nice I try to dry the clothes sans dryer.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 11:06 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Canthz_B bang

    Note-writer got what they deserved.
    You don’t leave a quarter on a washing machine in the laundry room.
    People down to their last clean clothes can’t be trusted near unattended coins…unless they’re near a Pac-Man machine, touch a quarter left there and risk drawing back a nub.
    And let’s face it…people near Pac-Man machines were usually down to their last clean clothes several days before.

    Jun 17, 2010 at 1:55 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Splint Chesthair

      I only washed up once the Pac Man Fever broke otherwise I’d just sweat through my clothes again.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 7:22 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   KS04

    Yeah, better watch out for that damn karma. It might come around to bite you in the ass in the form of world wide public mockery on passiveaggressivenotes.com. Ain’t that a bitch?

    Jun 17, 2010 at 2:58 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   Lhyzz

    If I had been in the presence of that sign, I would have written, “I took your quarter, and I felt terrible, so I taped a dollar to this sign for you. Unfortunately, some LOW LIFE stole it!

    To the JERKWAD who stole the dollar I taped on this sign for the victim of my prior theft, you better come back here and staple a fiver to the wall or you are going to HELL.”

    Also, I totally would have taken that person’s quarter. Who leaves a quarter lying around deliberately?

    Jun 17, 2010 at 5:39 am   rating: 28  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   infant tyrone bang

      Didn’t Goldman Sachs and their trough-mates do a very big version of this a couple of years ago, except they wrote all the notes and took all the $$ ?

      Jun 17, 2010 at 4:42 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   Woman on the Verge bang

    I expect the quarter and the dryer sheet are snuggled together in the space between the washers where they fell off during the violent spin cycle shaking that inevitably occurs in apartment washers due to tenants’ tendency to overload them in an effort to get the most for their quarters.

    Jun 17, 2010 at 5:47 am   rating: 35  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   karen

    … That dryer sheet was fucking delicious.

    Jun 17, 2010 at 6:44 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   Delusion

    Karma is a naive rhetorical device for weak-minded people who believe that the universe is interested in justice.

    Jun 17, 2010 at 7:12 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   Splint Chesthair

      Whoo boy, I don’t want to be in your shoes today, bad joo-joo coming yer way, man.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 7:20 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.2   HappyNat

      Karma is going to get you for saying that . . .

      Jun 17, 2010 at 7:23 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.3   Canthz_B bang

      Not if he blends in (chameleon-like) with the rest of us.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 8:34 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.4   GhostWriter bang

      I thought that was Santa Claus.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 9:32 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.5   mamason bang

      Delusion is a naive rhetorical device for weak-minded people who believe that the universe isn’t interested in Karma.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.6   infant tyrone bang

      Ambivalence and agnosticism are mature life skills for grown ups strong enough to doubt that the universe keeps books but open minded enough to accept that it could…if it had a mind to.

      Einstein: “God doesn’t play dice.”
      Hawking: “God not only plays dice, he sometimes throws them where they can’t be seen.”

      Jun 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.7   aaa bang

      Nihilism pwns all. Cool kids are fashionably apathetic.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #23   Splint Chesthair

    As a former janitor in a building with a laundry room I have to question whether the janitor made a quick clean up pass. You have to stay on top of laundry rooms and check them often. Someone could spill liquid detergent and if that get’s tracked all over the place, it takes a long time to clean up. I’d often make a trip through the laundry room and stuff anything left sitting out in the trash, and yes, I’d pocket any coins too. Actually, I threw them in a jar I kept on my workbench. Gave myself my own $250 severance package with that.

    Jun 17, 2010 at 7:19 am   rating: 25  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   HandyMarigolds

      SC, I am getting so attached to your janitor stories!

      I wonder what will happen if NW ever gets married. Everybody knows that spare change left about the house is up for grabs — especially once you have your own washer and dryer.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 10:01 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.2   GhostWriter bang

      A thousand quarters? I would choose to master Dance Dance Revolution.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 10:08 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.3   Splint Chesthair

      Looking back on it, being a janitor taught me more about people than probably anyhting else. First, people act like you’re invisible so they say and do things around you that they normally wouldn’t, and second, cleaning up after people gives you an almost perfect picture of what they’re up to. I knew when women were pregnant before their boyfriends/husbands did!

      Jun 17, 2010 at 10:11 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.4   clumber

      {starts a curious question to 23.3… thinks better of it….}

      Yeah, I don’t want to know. Thumbs to you anyhow Chesty!

      Jun 17, 2010 at 4:04 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   much to my chagrin

    I just want to know why the note-writer assumes his stuff was stolen by an indigenous person. Is it because they don’t have the concept of ownership?

    Jun 17, 2010 at 7:40 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   Mo® bang

      I count coup upon your laundry!

      Jun 17, 2010 at 9:09 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.2   someone

      indigent ≠ indigenous.

      Jun 18, 2010 at 11:20 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.3   Mo®

      No shit! :razz:

      Jun 18, 2010 at 1:29 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.4   much to my chagrin

      Well, that’s what I get for making a bad pun.

      Jun 21, 2010 at 6:34 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   xenylamine bang

    EXCUSE ME. A quarter? This stupid asshole should count his lucky stars that the dryers only charge you 25 cents to dry. My apartment complex charges TWO DOLLARS. Kiss my butt, note-writer!

    Plus, who asks for a whole dollar back when only a quarter was taken? Sheesh.

    Jun 17, 2010 at 8:26 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   gigi

    I have a 3-year old who collects everything that isn’t nailed down. This douche could possibly be yelling at a small child. Douche.

    Jun 17, 2010 at 8:53 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   mamason bang

      Well, at least your 3 year old can’t read yet.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 9:30 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.2   HandyMarigolds

      Come to think of it, the perp could be a raccoon. If you live within half a mile of a dumpster in North America, you’ve got raccoons. They love shiny stuff, they love picking stuff up, and believe me: they almost never read PANs.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 10:04 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #27   aaa bang

    Hm, usually people leave the “g” off the off of words ending in “ing” in an attempt to sound hip, young, or casual. This is undermining their attempt to sound angry, scolding, and threatening. Not that it sounds that threatening anyway; you can’t really be taken seriously when you threaten a punishment you can’t actually provide.

    I think the note would be more effective if it went something like this:

    “GODDAMMIT YOU THIEVING FUCKING ASSHOLES IF I FIND OUT WHO THE FUCKER WAS THAT STOLE MY FUCKING QUARTER AND DRYER SHEETS I’M GOING TO STRANGLE YOU WITH YOUR OWN FUCKING INTESTINES. FUCK!”

    Jun 17, 2010 at 9:27 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   GhostWriter bang

    If she’s blowing a gasket over a quarter, she’s really gonna freak when she finds out I also stole all her fresh-n-wet silky panties…

    Jun 17, 2010 at 9:37 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   Terminal

    HA! Karma. My guess is “probably not.”

    Jun 17, 2010 at 9:37 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   HandyMarigolds

    Hate to break it to PANW, but if your neighbors are really indigent, odds are, you are too.

    Especially if you’re willing to do $2.00 worth of freelance work attempting to recover $1.00 from someone who stole $0.30 worth of goods from you.

    Jun 17, 2010 at 9:57 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   oi bang

    Translation: I was careless and somebody stole my quarter,wah! wah! The world is coming to end and you will all die, wah! wah!

    Jun 17, 2010 at 10:46 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   oi bang

    This note writer manages karma system? He is certain that if thief returns a dollar he won’t suffer karma for stealing? hate to break it to him but it does not work like that.

    Jun 17, 2010 at 10:52 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #32.1   mamason bang

      Well how does it work then? I need to know before I waste too much time making amends and all.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 12:10 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.2   oi bang

      I came back to edit and say that Karma does not work on NW’s convenience or wishes. The first rule of Karma is anarchy and randomization. The second one is that as soon as you find out how it works, it upgrades itself to more complex system. BOOM!

      Jun 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.3   mamason bang

      Oh, I get it. You mean it’s like the federal government.

      Jun 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.4   clumber

      oooh! oooh! Is the Third Rule profit???!

      Jun 17, 2010 at 4:07 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.5   ashmeadow

      Rule 6 is there is no rule 6.

      Jun 19, 2010 at 12:58 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #33   Splint Chesthair

    If I lived in that apartment complex, I’d take a photo of a laundry sheet and a quarter, then tape it up in the laundry room and demand ransom for their safe return.

    Mmm, that’s good satire!

    Jun 17, 2010 at 11:20 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

     
  • #34   jaywalke

    Snuggle Bear wants his dryer sheet back, too. That little fucker will cut you. Nobody messes with Snuggle Bear.

    Jun 17, 2010 at 11:32 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   eli

    Seriously, where is this that drying is only a quarter? The residents should be showering each other with quarters daily in celebration.

    Jun 17, 2010 at 2:03 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #36   Cady

    That is an exorbitant interest rate.

    Jun 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #37   comment

    Somehow I don’t think the building was all that nice to begin with if NW thinks it’s perfectly acceptable to leave such a profane note in the possible view of children and elderly ladies who have crocheted toilet seat covers.

    Jun 17, 2010 at 10:20 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #38   Bundle

    Being an Aussie I have to ask- what’s a dryer sheet?

    Jun 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #38.1   ISpy

      Ahem…A dryer sheet is a rectangle of lightweight, synthetic, opaque fabric-like material impregnated with artificial scent. It is placed in the dryer with recently laundered garments with the goal of replacing the standard clean-clothes smell with something akin to cheap, nauseating, “I’m wearing this fragrance because I haven’t bathed” perfume. Dryer sheets have been known to induce fierce allergic reactions, including asthma attacks and vomiting. And it seems, tantrums when stolen.

      Jun 19, 2010 at 8:08 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #38.2   Bundle

      Thanks – sounds chemically. I’ll stick with the clothesline.

      Jun 21, 2010 at 10:10 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #39   anony

    If s/he knows who did it, why is s/he leaving an anonymous note not addressing the person?

    Jun 18, 2010 at 7:24 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #40   mE

    Maybe the person was one quarter short for the dryer, and had planned to return it with interest, but then seen the note and figured this jerk doesn’t deserve the respect. I agree with that thinking. Who cares about a quarter, I dropped more than that getting out of my car.

    Jun 19, 2010 at 4:18 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     

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