What’s really wrong with America today?

July 4th, 2010 · 65 comments

If you had to pinpoint exactly what’s wrong with America, what would you say? Out-of-control debt? Oil-slicked beaches? The KFC double-down?

Well, you’re wrong. All wrong! Luckily, we have Leia in College Station, Texas and Sarah in Ocean Beach, California to spread the word about the real issue plaguing the nation: people leaving stuff places.

To whoever left this cart here: you are precisely what is wrong with America. Take the cart BACK!

This is what's wrong with America: People don't take Responsibility for  Them selves! If you put this here, Please don't have children! Thank you

This is what's wrong with America: People don't take Responsibility for  Them selves! If you put this here, Please don't have children! Thank you

Actually, I take that all back. This might actually be what’s wrong with America today. Happy July 4th, everyone!

related: Do you hate America?

FILED UNDER: California · irregular capitalization · misplaced patriotism · Texas


65 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Jeremiah IV

    Bizarre mish mash of upper and lower case letters on the second one….
    Don’t do what with the children? Oh yeah, HAVE them.

    Jul 4, 2010 at 12:48 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   infant tyrone bang

      Were those couch pieces arranged to suggest the throne of Solomon?
      You know, where he threatened to HALVE the child…

      Jul 4, 2010 at 1:11 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   H for Toy bang

      I believe they’re not supposed to to have chiblren, actually.

      Jul 4, 2010 at 5:02 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   FeRD bang

    Leia’s still just a little tee’d about the Death Star blowing up her whole planet. You have to cut her some slack.

    Jul 4, 2010 at 12:52 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   infant tyrone bang

      Leia omitted that tragic testimony on her INS questionnaire.
      Folks in Austin just refer to her as supremely Aggievated.
      Paul Harvey died too soon to tell the rest of the story.

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

       
     
  • #3   ClearlyDemented

    I love how they put the note on the cart, as if whoever left it periodically checks to see if they got any mail.

    Jul 4, 2010 at 12:52 pm   rating: 57  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Janellionaire

      “Wha? Who left this note on my cart! I tell ya, this is what is wrong with America…”

      Jul 4, 2010 at 4:20 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   mamason bang

    Shouldn’t it read, “To whomever…?”

    Jul 4, 2010 at 1:17 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   MizTake

      Gol durned you Mama don’t start that now!

      Jul 4, 2010 at 6:12 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   infant tyrone bang

      Whomever/whoever…whatever.
      I’m frettin’ more over that “responsibility for them selves” bidness.
      What selves ? Which selves ? Dry selves ? Terrorist selves ?
      Note writers should leave folks be and concentrate on their o.d. selves.

      Jul 4, 2010 at 10:11 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   mamason bang

      Oh, themselves. I thought it said “thems elves.”
      Like…
      “What is them?”

      “Thems elves.”

      Jul 5, 2010 at 1:13 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.4   Canthz_B bang

      Did they bring cookies? ♥

      Jul 5, 2010 at 2:38 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.5   infant tyrone bang

      Scout: Hey, lookit, Boss, them’s elves !
      Boss: Tell ‘em to Keebler cotton-pickin’ hands outa that jar !

      Jul 5, 2010 at 3:05 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.6   Stephanie

      Yes it should. As an English teacher, I can tell you: THAT is what’s wrong with America :D

      Jul 7, 2010 at 7:19 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.7   infant tyrone bang

      For your own sake in this economy I hope you have tenure or the local equivalent of it.

      The clause ——- left this cart here is missing:

      1) a subject
      2) an object
      3) 55% of its free throws

      If it’s missing a subject, the subjective pronoun ‘whoever’ does the job.

      If you think it’s missing an object, please reply with details.

      P.S.
      If you thumb #4.5, I’ll give you a cookie…or a red vine…I was in the biz.
      P.P.S.
      In case that was you at #4.5, I’m leaving a bag of Chips Ahoy at the curb for you.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 8:04 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Jill

    Yeah, the KFC Double Down has 53 grams of protein and less calories than most other fast food sandwiches out there. I still can’t figure out why it keeps being used as a example of atrocity…

    Jul 4, 2010 at 1:26 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Colonel Cluck

      It does seem to have nearly the recommended daily limit of sodium in it but not as bad as some fast food choices.

      Jul 4, 2010 at 1:53 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.2   infant tyrone bang

      Maybe because it has more protein than you need (at a time)
      coupled with more fat than is good for you (at a time).

      Also, the light (grilled) version is 45% fat calories.
      The greasier version is 53+ % fat calories.
      Typical recommended range for health is 25-35%.
      Most DoubleDowner eaters aren’t likely to munch enough low-fat
      foods at other meals to bring their overall diets into the safety zone.

      And there’s the NaCl angle…thanks Colonel Cluck!

      Jul 4, 2010 at 2:00 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.3   Amy

      Seriously Jill? The KFC Double Down may only have 540 calories, but it also contains 32 grams of fat and 1,380 milligrams of sodium. That’s more than you should consume in an entire day, much less a single sandwich. Also, eating too much protein at once can put a big strain on your kidneys, not to mention what all that salt is doing. Just because it’s less awful than a Whopper, that doesn’t mean it’s not bad for you. Ugh.

      Jul 4, 2010 at 2:03 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.4   TippingCows

      Well didn’t you know that if it’s low(er) in calories it MUST be good for you? It’s ALL ABOUT CALORIES AND FAT FREE – now I’m gonna get my low-carb bagel with fat free cream cheese and imitation lox, thank you very much.

      Jul 4, 2010 at 3:04 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.5   Nack

      Me either. My diabetic brother is pretty pleased with the double down. It fits his diet pretty nicely.

      Jul 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.6   John

      (a) because they called it a sandwich, which implies bread
      (b) because the gulf oil spill was caused by someone dropping one in the ocean

      Jul 5, 2010 at 1:24 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.7   Canthz_B bang

      Jill, maybe it’s because the very idea of a “sandwich” made of two pieces of chicken with crap in between is just downright disgusting to so many people with good common sense.

      Jul 5, 2010 at 2:37 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.8   watwat

      She didn’t imply it was “good for you” or that it even looked good, she meant that it’s no worse nutrition-wise than most other fast food sandwiches, so it’s funny that people use the Double Down as the number one example of fast food fattiness.

      Jul 5, 2010 at 10:04 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.9   Canthz_B bang

      watwat, because the very thought of it is more disgusting than the other offerings…please keep up. ;-)

      Jul 6, 2010 at 3:33 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   oi!

    WTF??!

    Jul 4, 2010 at 2:47 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   watwat

    Considering you have to pay to dump your own trash at a landfill (at least at my local dump), I see why people leave sofas and mattresses on the curb.

    Jul 4, 2010 at 4:15 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Bunnee

      Really? You can? There’s tons of other options when it comes to getting rid of furniture.

      P.S. I don’t think the person left the sofa on their own curb. Hence the note.

      Jul 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   Flaboy2425

      If that sofa were placed on the curb in my town, somone would take it and I wouldn’t have to call the city to have it picked up. “One man’s trash………”

      Jul 5, 2010 at 12:36 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.3   Canthz_B bang

      Flaboy2425, I once scored a 9.75 for a dumpster dive.
      I surfaced with a really nice dresser and mirror w/hutch!!

      Jul 5, 2010 at 2:23 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.4   VM

      It’s practically policy (though of course unofficial) at our complex that if you’re getting rid of something that’s still usable, you leave it by the SIDE of the dumpsters. Let the neighbors have a crack at it before the garbage trucks come. When we got an actual piece of furniture to replace a cheap plastic shelving unit, we put the latter out to the trash pasture and it was gone within 10 minutes.

      Jul 5, 2010 at 9:02 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.5   TPRJones

      Exactly! Leia must be new to College Station, because this is the standard there on a city-wide level. Every June most of the college students go home for the summer, and many of them end up leaving their unwanted furniture on the curbs all over town. Those who stay take their pick-up trucks and go around upgrading.

      I still have several pieces of furniture that I got this way there. Leia needs to relax and go get a truck.

      Jul 7, 2010 at 11:11 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.6   cowbert

      Leia must be new to college. This is SOP for pretty much any college town (even the ones without the word “College” in it :). What does she exactly want? The people getting rid of it to waste a piece of paper to add their own note saying “Free Shit” (like Samuel L. Jackson does in The 51st State)?

      Jul 7, 2010 at 11:32 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   Iva

    No. The hideous clothing items in the American Apparel ads are what’s wrong with America…at least from a foreigner’s point of view.

    Jul 4, 2010 at 4:22 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   mamason bang

      Knock. Knock.

      Who’s there?

      Iva.

      Iva who?

      Iva whole stack of catalogs here. I’m sure we can find something you’ll like.

      Jul 4, 2010 at 5:28 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   MizTake

      Jul 4, 2010 at 6:13 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.3   Serenity

      Really? The American Apparel ads? and here I am, thinking it was because of all the fake boobs and materialism…silly me ;)

      Jul 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.4   Beanster bang

      wait, American Apparel ads and fake boobs and materialism are different?

      Jul 4, 2010 at 10:59 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.5   JetJackson

      If it weren’t for american apparel ads I wouldn’t be able to feed my softcore porn addiction at work. I say “God bless America!!”

      Jul 5, 2010 at 1:54 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.6   Canthz_B bang

      What’s wrong with America is all of the foreigners’ points of view.

      We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile. Have a Coke and a smile. :lol:

      Jul 5, 2010 at 2:10 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   FancyPants

    WTF indeed.
    tl;dr

    Jul 4, 2010 at 6:10 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   Nack

    That comment wall just about qualifies for its own place on this site.

    Jul 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   ClearlyDemented

    I’m sure no one else has pointed this out, because I’m extremely smart and I usually see what others (average people) overlook. And right now, I must inform you that these notes aren’t actually passive-aggressive.

    Happy Fourth, y’all! :D

    Jul 4, 2010 at 7:30 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   Megaman

    Ok if you tell me where the cart is I’ll come pick it up. Never can keep track of those things.

    To the asshole that posted the note on my bed could you please remove it, it itches my ears when I’m sleeping at night.

    Jul 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Zoe

    Oh, I love that second note. “If you do [insert annoyance that prompted the PA note], please [always be polite] don’t have children.”

    Can’t wait to use that one myself :)

    Jul 4, 2010 at 9:48 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   Wade bang

    Are we sure that second note started on the sofa, instead of being moved there from off of the double parked car next to it?

    Jul 4, 2010 at 9:50 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   aaa bang

    Who knew the economy crapping out was caused by a wave of carts being left uncorralled?

    Jul 5, 2010 at 9:22 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   pilgrimchick

    Morons–what is wrong with America today.

    Jul 5, 2010 at 1:13 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   much to my chagrin

      I hate the Morons too! They think they’re so cool with their special underwear and crazy Bible. But seriously, why do they have to bother me at home when I’m halfway through my first beer after a long day at work?

      Jul 5, 2010 at 3:56 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Canthz_B bang

    There’s nothing wrong with leaving a couch in a parking space. It’s the natural progression from leaving a lawn chair.

    The parking space holder armchair race in full effect.

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

     
  • #18   Kerri

    College Station FTW!

    Jul 5, 2010 at 2:49 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   Kyle

    No this is whats wrong with America, people are lazy and don’t take responsibility for their actions, because someone else will just do it for them

    Jul 5, 2010 at 2:52 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   Canthz_B bang

      Close.

      What’s wrong with America is that people are lazy and don’t take responsibility for their actions because they think someone else will just do it for them, but no one will. ;-)

      Jul 5, 2010 at 3:07 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.2   shwonline bang

      Closer.

      What’s wrong with America is that people are lazy and don’t take responsibility for their actions and don’t care if someone else will do it for them. ;-)

      Jul 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.3   infant tyrone bang

      Closer.
      People know someone might step up and take care of their shit for them.
      What’s wrong with us is many people are too lazy to be responsible for their actions and don’t give a damn if someone else takes care of it or not.

      Jul 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.4   Canthz_B bang

      Closer.

      But I don’t care. You guys figure it out.

      Jul 5, 2010 at 3:58 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.5   infant tyrone bang

      A young, nondescript rapscallion spies our protagonist walking down the street without a care in the world and addresses him with (in a clearly foreign yet unplaceable accent) “Hey, you American GI ? ”

      Oh, sorry…wrong thread…

      Jul 5, 2010 at 4:38 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.6   strangelove bang

      Ding ding ding ~ Infant scores the winning answer. I’ve been working face-to-face with the public in a service capacity this past year, after a long respite.

      It blows my mind what people choose to do, and how they treat a service person, in ways that wouldn’t even OCCUR to me: leaving their garbage all over; snapping, glaring, and making loud rude remarks at the people working, who must smile & do their job nonetheless; and oh yes, the wonderful wild world of stunning poop messes left for our attention. Really … in a public place. And not all that rarely (see http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/2008/01/02/when-nature-calls/ for this sort of weird behavior).

      Very literally, they do leave their shit places and don’t give a rat’s ass who has to pick it up! I wish I could really tell them what assholes they are, for their own good.

      All the best!

      Jul 7, 2010 at 2:32 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   T

    With all the bums and pot heads in OB (Ocean Beach) this will make a great bed for someone tonight.

    Jul 6, 2010 at 10:24 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   Froget Menot

    Are we gonna be outbred ?
    Sent to couch potato refuge , forced to join the Brown Hash Mash under a green sun..

    I m not a number , i m a free tuber =)

    Jul 9, 2010 at 10:01 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   lina1611

    Okay, I’ve joined the ranks of the PA because I totally get the anger at the asshats that are too lazy to walk three extra spaces to return their carts, leaving them to roam the parking lot and scratch/damange other people’s cars. Leaving a note was rather stupid, however. Maybe stupidity is what’s wrong with America

    Jul 12, 2010 at 3:24 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   Grocery cart art | PassiveAggressiveNotes.com

    [...] wrong with America today? If you ask Jason in Los Angeles, it’s people who don’t return their shopping carts. At least, that’s the action that prompted this note (which was originally attached the the [...]

    Feb 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   …and leave off the last “S” for “stolen”? | PassiveAggressiveNotes.com

    [...] related: To whoever left this cart here — you are precisely what is wrong with America! [...]

    Aug 24, 2011 at 8:51 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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