Courtesy & Cojones

September 21st, 2010 · 35 comments

Both Lauren and Maureen took note of this sign outside a fish warehouse in an industrial area of Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

“I found the combination of ‘Balls’ (capitalized!) and ‘Courtesy’ a hilarious mix of politeness and vulgarity,” Maureen says. “I also thought it was funny that they are offended not only by the neighbors’ complaints but by the fact that people don’t complain to them about the smell.”

If You Have any Problems with Fish Odor, Please Have the Balls and Courtesy to Complain to Us Directly

related: Eau dear

FILED UNDER: Brooklyn · excessive capitalization · fish · odor

35 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Michelle

    I can almost smell the damp fishiness when looking at the moisture on the plastic sleeve.

    Sep 21, 2010 at 5:57 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #2   farcical aquatic ceremony

    I take my problems with fishy odor straight to my OB/GYN–thanks, though!

    Sep 21, 2010 at 6:32 pm   rating: 34  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   H for Toy

      I’m with you on that one. I might have a problem with a fishy odor, but what are they gonna do about it? Confirm that it really does smell fishy?

      Sep 22, 2010 at 7:58 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   The Elf

      Who, the fish warehouse or the OB/GYN?

      Sep 23, 2010 at 7:05 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #3   jadefirefly

    Yes, I have a huge problem with fish smells outside of a fish warehouse! What a completely inappropriate place to smell of fish!

    Sep 21, 2010 at 7:24 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Janellionaire

      Like, what are they gonna say? “Sorry, our fish factory will stop smelling like fish right away, since it bothers you.”

      Sep 21, 2010 at 8:27 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

  • #4   Harmy G

    That fish smelled fucking delicious!

    Sep 21, 2010 at 7:33 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   phatBoy

      ah, what delicious comedic timing!!

      Sep 21, 2010 at 8:41 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   park rose bang


      Sep 21, 2010 at 11:08 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #4.3   Canthz_B bang

      Holy mackerel, rose! Let’s not carp about it. :-)

      Sep 22, 2010 at 12:32 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #4.4   MAMARILLA2 bang

      Cod! I need to tuna this all out. It is all giving me a haddock.

      Sep 22, 2010 at 1:49 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #4.5   Canthz_B bang

      Haddocks are bad. You going to take a nap, Aruana couple of aspirin?
      You can tell me…don’t be koi.

      Sep 22, 2010 at 7:29 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #4.6   Flip-Flappin'


      Just for the Halibut….

      Sep 22, 2010 at 10:06 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #4.7   WotV

      I hate you.

      Sep 22, 2010 at 1:37 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #4.8   Xenobiologista

      Now we’re all going tilapia. Don’t be sutchi grouch.

      Sep 23, 2010 at 5:55 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #5   shwonline bang

    Wait, I thought the ones with the fish odor were NOT the ones with the balls. Looks like I’ll be repeating 7th-grade Health again.

    Sep 21, 2010 at 8:28 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

  • #6   Canthz_B bang

    If the place didn’t smell of seafood I’d suspect something fishy was going on in there.
    But since the place smells of fish I guess they’re clean.

    Sep 21, 2010 at 9:04 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #7   Guy

    It makes me want to complain about their ball odor.

    Sep 21, 2010 at 10:40 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #8   Nack

    I like how it’s capitalized like a headline. This just in: Fish Factory Smells Like Fish. News at 11.

    Sep 21, 2010 at 11:40 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Mo ®

      Stay classy San Diego!

      Sep 22, 2010 at 8:04 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #9   Lizzie Birdsworth

    On first glance I thought this sign belonged outside a lesbian community centre.

    Sep 21, 2010 at 11:41 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   tinkerbell2

      Ironically, Lizzie, posting that has made you look like a bit of a c*nt.

      Sep 22, 2010 at 7:53 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

  • #10   Sandi

    I go to school in San Francisco, and I smell fish all day.

    Sep 22, 2010 at 12:09 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #11   JetJackson

    Only quiche eating nancy boys complain about the smell of fish! Man up!

    Team fishy smell!

    Sep 22, 2010 at 12:25 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #12   Canthz_B bang

    This note is far too long. Wouldn’t a nearly empty toilet paper roll with “DOUCHE” written on it suffice?

    Or, they could carve it into a tuna.

    Sep 22, 2010 at 12:27 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #13   Mo ®

    Fish Balls!

    Sep 22, 2010 at 8:05 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

  • #14   G

    One has to wonder how a fish factory could possibly help one with fish odor,


    Sep 22, 2010 at 8:23 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #15   aaa bang

    If You Have any Problems with Us Complaining About the fish Odor, PleAse hAVE THE cOuRTeSy aNd BaLLs tO COmpLAiN tO US DiREcTLY.

    Sep 22, 2010 at 9:08 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #16   GhostWriter bang

    “Good Evening Sir, will you be dining alone?”
    “Why, Yes, my good man.”
    “…and what will you be having this evening, Sir?”
    “First tell me, my good man; is the Salmon fishy?”
    “Is it fishy? Does it smell of fish?”
    “Well, Sir, if it smells of anything, it smells of fish.”
    “Well said, my good man! And since I do indeed have a problem with that, I would choose to courteously have the Rocky Mountain Oysters instead.”
    “Very well, Sir!”

    Sep 22, 2010 at 12:15 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #17   Michelle

    My husband has eaten rocky mountain oysters. The thought of it makes me want to throw up in my mouth a little bit.

    Sep 22, 2010 at 1:38 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #18   JayAre

    I’m getting schpilkes in my genecktagazoink!

    Sep 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #19   wheezeew

    I saw “Balls and Courtesy” when they opened for Toto in 1983. I found them derivative.

    Sep 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #20   butt

    What would even be the point of complaining about the fish smell coming from a FISH WAREHOUSE? It’s not like they can do anything about it.

    Sep 22, 2010 at 6:49 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #21   TippingCows

    Perhaps it’s really a brothel.

    Sep 23, 2010 at 3:14 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #22   Bridget

    My roommates and I found out the hard way that if someone isn’t telling something to you directly and you find out, its because the cops came to call. Sometimes it IS better to find out directly.

    Oct 30, 2010 at 9:28 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up


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