Please change.

July 7th, 2011 · 55 comments

Our submitter in Tucson, Arizona was a little perplexed by the sign hanging up in newly-assigned cubicle, but didn’t think much of it. When he finally got around to asking his bosses about it, they somewhat cryptically responded that the last person to work in that cubicle “had a problem with change.”

(It’s unclear who made the decision that a change of job was in order for that particular ex-employee.)

CHANGE is Good! We like CHANGE! CHANGE is our FRIEND!

Meanwhile, Bethany in Bakersfield, California still isn’t quite sure what to make of this note, which she found on her desk one morning at work. (“Did someone start to write a message and get distracted two words in?” Or am I living my life in such a way that they simply can’t handle it any longer?”)

Bethany, Please change

related: A little bit of psycho-therapy

FILED UNDER: California · now that's management · office · Tucson


55 responses so far ↓

  • #1   farcical aquatic ceremony

    Reminds me of when a former co-worker’s boss was preparing to leave on a business trip, started to write her a note but got distracted two words in — “Feel free” it said. And she did–for the whole week he was gone!

    Jul 7, 2011 at 7:47 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   asho

    At least the spelling is right

    Jul 7, 2011 at 7:49 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   spoko

      Really? You are so hung up on that most mundane, uninteresting of details that you can’t see past it even when it’s not there? I’m truly astounded by the number of people on this site who judge these notes based purely on their own assessment of each note’s correctness in terms of spelling, grammar, and punctuation. What a narrow, boring lens through which to view the world. Pitiful, really.

      Jul 11, 2011 at 8:47 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   asho

      Really? You’re so hung up on my opinion you had to write all that? Pitiful, really.

      Jul 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   old timer

    you kids probably don’t remember the days when you needed to save up fistfuls of quarters to go down to the laundromat.

    Jul 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   TickleMyBambo

      Dear Note Writer,

      For the last time, no I will not spare you some change! We talked about this last week. Leaving half written notes around asking for free hand outs doesn’t get you anything but annoyed co workers and wasted paper. Please change, your habitual mooching is becoming a distraction to the workplace.

      – Bethany

      Jul 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Mrs.Beasley bang

    Love the Bethany note! Reminds me of a note I found on my own desk at work years ago. It was my boss JP’s handwriting, and it read:

    J, do you understand

    and nothing more. I didn’t, of course. Understand, that is. So beneath her words I wrote:

    JP, no. Signed, J.

    And I left it on my boss’s desk. She came to me later laughing like a loon, explaining that she’d started to write the note and then got distracted and didn’t finish, but that my response made her day.

    I told her that she’d given me the most Zen note I’ve ever received. It became an instant office legend. I had it framed, and it hung on my office wall for many years afterwards.

    Jul 7, 2011 at 7:57 pm   rating: 67  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   makfan

      That’s pretty awesome. I think at my office, someone would complain about whatever policy that was violated by leaving an unfinished note.

      Jul 8, 2011 at 11:56 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   Melissa

      Ugh, offices! Amirite? Honestly, I hope to never again find myself in one.

      Jul 10, 2011 at 11:10 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Nunavut Guy

    Bethany;

    Recycling is a noble thing.

    Five passes with the same tampon is over kill.

    Jul 7, 2011 at 8:31 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Nunavut Guy

    Wow!! So disappointed that Bowie had to get a day job.

    Jul 7, 2011 at 8:53 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Jimmy James

      Apparently it was time for A New Career In a New Town.

      Jul 8, 2011 at 8:40 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   bored@work

      You would think a guy with that much Fame would be set for life. Apparently the depression has finally hit Suffragette City as well.

      Jul 8, 2011 at 9:02 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   Coco

    Yeah, I know Bethany, she’s from the Midwest and now lives in Brooklyn. She needs to change; she’s prone to being jealous and petty. Crazy Bitch.

    Jul 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   Nick

    Perhaps Bethany’s clothes were inappropriate? However, given the punctuation, I agree that the note is unfinished, if not untitled.

    Jul 7, 2011 at 10:50 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   Ana

    Is it just me or is that stationary a little too bubbly/cheery/colourful for most offices? I mean I don’t think I know many companies who would pay for stationary like that; so why buy your own when you can get it free (even if it is boring)?

    Jul 7, 2011 at 11:01 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Melissa

      To attempt to brighten your miserable office existence? It like part of a set for a dollar.

      Jul 10, 2011 at 11:12 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.2   erika

      Bethany is my roommate. She works at a day spa.

      Jul 14, 2011 at 3:04 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   Canthz_B bang

    Keep the change.

    –Bethany

    Jul 8, 2011 at 12:47 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   Kay

    Bethany arrives at the office in her pyjamas again.
    “Bethany, please change.”

    Jul 8, 2011 at 1:26 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   Canthz_B bang

    The change is good sign was made by that 80 year-old lady who’s always in front of me in the grocery line.
    She always waits until the cashier accepts her $20 bill for a $15.32 purchase and rings it up showing $4.68 change on the register before she tells the mathematics-challenged, pimple-faced cashier she has a quarter and a dime.

    By the look on the kid’s face, you’d think someone asked her to recreate some work of Einstein’s at this point.

    Lady, if change is good, keep yours and let me get out of the darned store.

    Jul 8, 2011 at 1:38 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Kay

    Bethany arrives at the office in yesterday’s clothes again, but today her dress is on backwards and she has notewriter’s lipstick colour smeared in the corner of her mouth.
    “Bethany, please change.”

    Jul 8, 2011 at 1:40 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   Kay

    Note is tacked to Bethany’s stinky ripe baby, gurgling in its babyseat beside her desk.
    “Bethany, please change.”

    Jul 8, 2011 at 1:44 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   Kay

    Billy Joel also left a note for Bethany,

    “Don’t go changing to try and please me…”

    Jul 8, 2011 at 1:50 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   Kay

    Bethany is a transformer and it’s time to fight the Decepticons.
    “Bethany, please change.”

    Jul 8, 2011 at 1:53 am   rating: 21  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   Kay

    Bethany is a chameleon in an office full of chameleons, and the only one refusing to don office grey or office beige.
    “Bethany, please change.”

    Jul 8, 2011 at 1:58 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   Kay

    In the library:

    Bethany won’t shut up.

    Hermoine Granger holds up her notepad sternly,
    “Rodens Versavertremum!”

    Nothing.

    Hermoine scribbles and passes note,
    “Bethany, please change.”

    Jul 8, 2011 at 2:19 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   Graham

    No, no you’ve got it all wrong!

    It’s a plea from the financially challenged management that they would like all employees to contribute the spare coinage from their pockets and purses.

    Bethany has been singled out because she responds well to messages on coloured paper written with a crayon.

    BTW, what’s a dime? I’m only used to proper money: farthings and florins and groats and guineas and the like.

    Jul 8, 2011 at 3:09 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   Canthz_B bang

      What’s a dime? I’d give you my ten cents worth on that if I weren’t sleepy right now. ;-)

      Jul 9, 2011 at 3:03 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   Grant

    I think it was supposed to read, “Bethany, please change the biro suppliers as their shit pens only do three words before running out. Thank you.”

    Jul 8, 2011 at 4:23 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   havingfitz

    Notewriter has gotten extensive therapy for her militant vegan views but still has issues with Bethany’s Egg McMuffin.
    “Bethany, please change.”

    Jul 8, 2011 at 7:28 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   bored@work

      At least the extensive therapy helped her to be more concise with her note-writing…

      Jul 8, 2011 at 9:07 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #22   bored@work

    The first sign would be excellent for homeless people everywhere.

    Jul 8, 2011 at 9:48 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   Yolanda

    Maybe she had pit stains on her shirt and they wanted her to change her clothes.

    Jul 8, 2011 at 10:34 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   Quite Contrary

    At least Bethany’s notewriter didn’t write the note on a napkin of any kind.

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:24 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   *snerk*

    The uniqueness of the stationery should make Bethany’s mystery correspondent easy to identify, at least.

    Can’t be too many bubbly pastel notepads around a typical office. I suspect it’s safe to automatically eliminate all the men.

    Jul 8, 2011 at 11:33 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   park rose

      You get a thumb for the ‘e’ !

      Jul 9, 2011 at 8:51 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.2   *snerk*

      You get a thumb for noticing!

      Jul 9, 2011 at 11:03 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.3   pony girl

      Can I get a cookie instead of a thumb? For noticing, I mean?

      Jul 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #26   Ed Decatur

    I’m with the first note writer. Many times I’ve been told to change my teaching methods, not because there is a problem with the current methods, but because there is a new teaching fad that is all the rage at the District Office. My boss has actually said that the reason we need to use the new method is that “Change is good.” Actually, it’s so that she will get brownie points when she brags about it at the principals’ meetings.

    Jul 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   Canthz_B bang

      Brownie points and State funding for the new, innovative teaching initiative.
      Change is good…for the school district’s budget, screw those damned students.

      Jul 9, 2011 at 2:59 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #27   ShellyB

    It’s a scavenger hunt for Bethany. The rest of the note is on the printer and says “…the ink cartridge.”

    Jul 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   Get on your bikes and ride bang

    That first note looks to be the original rejected slogan ideas of a recent presidential campaign.

    Jul 9, 2011 at 1:28 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   Nunavut Guy

      Very cool name.

      Jul 10, 2011 at 5:35 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #29   Canthz_B bang

    I was born by the river in a little tent
    Oh and just like the river I’ve been running ever since
    It’s been a long, a long time coming
    But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

    It’s been too hard living but I’m afraid to die
    Cause I don’t know what’s up there beyond the sky
    It’s been a long, a long time coming
    But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will.

    Jul 9, 2011 at 2:50 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   Lisa von Lempke

    Change clothes, of course.

    And they must have had a good reason to ask you to do that, Bethany. Maybe it is time you took a good look at yourself, young lady.

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   Lisa von Lempke bang

    Hmm…mmm?

    Was wondering…why do some people show up in green, and others in grey, on this site?

    I’m sure there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for that.

    BUT.

    Why do the comments of the green people have high ratings, and those of the grey people low ones?

    Is there a caste system, here?

    Not saying that one would be opposed to such a thing.

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #31.1   pony girl

      You’ve answered your question.
      Just turn it around.

      ;)

      Jul 9, 2011 at 6:59 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.2   Nunavut Guy

      It depends on what country you are logging in from.India, for example ,has the caste system.

      All green ratings stem from Ireland……….Dumb Ass.

      Jul 10, 2011 at 11:43 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.3   Lisa von Lempke bang

      pony girl said:
      You’ve answered your question.
      Just turn it around.

      Ah? Oh? Turn what around, I wonder?

      Nunavut Guy said:
      All green ratings stem from Ireland……….Dumb Ass.

      Thank you.

      Jul 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.4   lownote

      The notes change colour according to the votes. The green ones are green because they have a high rating, grey is the default colour.

      Jul 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.5   Lisa von Lempke bang

      Ah, thank you, lownote. I would never have guessed it – that’s higher math, to me.

      Lisa

      Jul 10, 2011 at 6:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.6   pony girl

      I agree with Nunavut Guy.

      Jul 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.7   Lisa von Lempke bang

      Me too.

      Jul 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #31.8   Canthz_B bang

      I agree with PG’s agreement with NG. :lol:

      Jul 12, 2011 at 3:14 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     

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