Entries from July 2011
“I saw this when passing by a neighbour’s house, and thought that this was one of their better efforts,” writes Kelly in the U.K. “I personally would have just chucked them myself.”
(Adds Kelly: “I’m guessing they belonged to the same person who decorated half the street with vomit.”)
Meanwhile, the Internet’s all “been there/done that/seen the animated GIF.”
related: If you were the one who was so drunk or so stupid that you left your camera in the park last night…
Tags: drizzunk · neighbors · shoes · U.K.
Writes Bri in St. Paul, Minnesota: “I work at a University help desk that employs mostly students. Since their shifts are short, they have a habit of leaving all kinds of random things at the desk, much to the chagrin of many of my co-workers” — and the devilish glee of others.
related: How is your eyes?
extra credit: Venn diagram of “shenanigans” [boingboing.net]
Tags: college life · Minneapolis/St. Paul · smartass
Explains our submitter in North Carolina: ”My friend walked out to the parking lot to find a big dent and a sticky note on her car, which still had some writing on it from her recent birthday.” And while the driver didn’t just dent-and-dash, the fact that he or she didn’t bother to leave a name/plate/policy number — just an entirely unnecessary postscript — made the whole situation a less-than-satisfying belated birthday surprise.
related: I dinged your car, but you kind of deserved it.
Tags: car · non-apology apology · p.s. · Raleigh · unsolicited feedback
Janine in Astoria was at a stoplight next to a Q69 bus stop in Queens when she noticed signs reading “TONY Q69″ taped all over the outside and inside of the bus shelter. “I made my boyfriend pull over so I could read it,” she says — and got a photo, so she could share Tony Q69′s shameful story with the rest of the world.
UPDATE: Greg in Astoria has spotted another note to Tony Q69…
As has Adam…
UPDATE: The Tony Q-69 Saga Continues!
Tags: ex drama · excessive capitalization · exclamation-point happy!!!! · public shaming · public transit · Queens
Our submitter from Little Rock, Arkansas offers the following mea culpa: “I was heading to the pool this afternoon, and while loading my car (a blue Mustang) I set my cup of ice water on the ground. Unfortunately, after I finishing loading, I forgot about the cup and drove off.” After returning to her apartment complex, our submitter found the cup had reappeared next to her parked car — with the addition of the following note.
Sure, the notewriter could have simply thrown the cup in the garbage using half as much effort — and that might have been the classy, neighborly thing to do. But it’s the principle of the thing, you see: honest mistakes will not be tolerated!
related: I hope you don’t put children in this car.
Tags: Arkansas · neighbors · that's trashy · wouldn't it have just been easier...
Writes Stacey in Massachusetts: “The church around the corner from my house is famous for the little rants on their sign, but this one definitely takes the cake.” Obviously, texting while driving isn’t cool, but as Stacey put it: “For a church, it just seems a bit…hostile.”
Meanwhile, I just opened up the August issue of Texas Monthly to see this slightly more gently worded version…
related: Sincerely, God
extra credit: Church sign generator
Tags: driving · Jesus · Massachusetts · questionable logic · reverse psychology · rhetorical question · text message
Anna in Minneapolis (“librarian in peach sweater”) recently received this anonymous note from a disgruntled library patron. “Apparently, I was talking too loudly to one of our elderly customers on the phone,” she says. “So much for Minnesota nice!”
related: You seem like really nice people. Really.
extra credit: Just know that I have a whole bag of shhh! with your name on it [youtube]
Tags: etiquette · library · Minneapolis/St. Paul · noise
If you’re too jaded to handle the cuteness factor of kids’ overly-demanding notes to the Tooth Fairy, you still might get kick out of this tooth-in-cheek note from the Tooth Fairy herself.
Explains Mindi (a.k.a. Mindy) from Santa Cruz, California: “In elementary school, I played the string bass in the school orchestra, and my parents were paying for private tutoring lessons. Obviously, I wasn’t practicing enough!”
Adds Mindi: “I later cut this out and put it in my scrapbook. (The ‘really?’ on the side was mine.)”
related: Not to be hard, but I need money.
extra credit: Go to F**ck to Sleep [amazon.com]
Tags: California · kids · Moms & Dads · not-so-veiled threats · Santa Cruz
During Diana’s lunch break one day, a concerned coworker apparently decided to seize the opportunity to let her know — anonymously, of course — that the state of her cubicle was too much too handle. Even more obnoxiously, Diana says, “He or she actually just opened up Word and typed this note on my computer.”
To top it all off, Diana insists her workstation was hardly a disaster area to begin with. “The only things on my desk at the time were my computer, a few pieces of paper, and a coffee mug.”
related: Can you please walk quieter?
Tags: "helpful" advice · a little patronizing · Kansas · office · office cop · unsolicited feedback
While admiring a “very nice” church in Edinburgh, James was only slightly discomfited by this notice about the measures being taken to ensure his comfort.
related: He died for your clip art
Tags: clip art catastrophe · God · Scotland