Stay classy, Little Rock

July 25th, 2011 · 65 comments

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!

The classy lady in the blue mustang litters!

related: I hope you don’t put children in this car.

FILED UNDER: Arkansas · neighbors · that's trashy · wouldn't it have just been easier...


65 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Kevin

    I think that is kind of flattering. Who doesn’t want to be called classy? I bet there’s a phone number on the other side of that note.

    Jul 25, 2011 at 12:05 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   Kelly

    It would have been SO much “classier” to write in ALL cursive letters, and a red pen? Me thinks she must be a teacher who likes to scold her students…That is the antithesis for “classy”… Shame!

    Jul 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   CrabbyRabbit

    Publicly commenting on the behavior of others is just as rude. And, if the jackass left the cup on the ground after obviously noticing it and leaving a nasty note, he or she is just as guilty of littering.

    Jul 25, 2011 at 12:15 pm   rating: 34  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   redheadwglasses

    I’m surprised the note writer also didn’t chastize the classy lady for using an earth-hating styrofoam cup. ; )

    Jul 25, 2011 at 12:24 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   alopes

    Oh sure, “set it down by the car.” Sorry I’m on team neighbor, and I don’t believe it was an honest mistake, but a lifetime of lazy behavior (perhaps mixed with an honest mistake in this singular case)

    Jul 25, 2011 at 12:28 pm   rating: 39  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   thrall

      Wow. Just wow.

      Jul 25, 2011 at 12:33 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.2   redheadwglasses

      Same here, thrall. Don’t ever forget anything, ever, alopes. Sheesh.

      Jul 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm   rating: 36  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.3   Sensible Madness bang

      All of those things are perfectly obvious based on the fact that she left one styrofoam cup on the ground on one occasion, of course. I bet she kicks puppies for fun in her spare time, too. Also, she steals tires from poor people and burns them in her backyard because she hates the Earth so much. She probably has a globe with a knife stuck in its back on her coffee table.

      Jul 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm   rating: 69  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.4   FeRD bang

      @alopes: As opposed to your lifetime of posting somewhat disturbingly intense, vitriolic opinions online, lobbing angry accusations at people you have no personal involvement with or particular knowledge of? Because, lemme tell ya, that shines through from reading just your one comment here, far better than anything you may be supposedly divining/imagining/crazy-pantsing about the submitter.

      Jul 25, 2011 at 12:41 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.5   FeRD bang

      @SM: …Which side of a globe is the “back”?

      Jul 25, 2011 at 12:43 pm   rating: 43  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.6   magilmer

      The “back” side is the opposite side of whichever your own country is on, obviously.

      Jul 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm   rating: 41  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.7   TKD

      @ FeRD: that is a great question!
      After much consideration I believe that it must be the point directly opposite where I am located at any given time. One thing I’ve learned from PAN, it is that the only thing that matters is how I feel about a given subject. Clearly that makes me the most important person in the world and therefore the “front”. The only one that counts is me. That’s what I like to refer to as personal accountability. ;-)

      Jul 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.8   Nunavut Guy

      “One forgotten cup does not a hosebag make.’

      Proverbs 3:19

      Jul 25, 2011 at 1:56 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.9   FeRD bang

      @TKD: Yeeeees… I belive the Americal Psychological Association uses a slightly different term, but they amount to the same thing. ;-)

      Jul 25, 2011 at 1:57 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.10   Oh Geeee

      SM – she doesn’t kick puppies… She makes them choke on styrofoam cups. Puppies, kittens, and the occasional baby.

      Jul 25, 2011 at 3:03 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.11   Clumber

      This PAN reminded me that when I left work last Thursday I quite probably caused the poop bag i forgot on my bumper to fly wildly into the street as I slammed the pedal down to GTFO for my weekend.

      Ooops. Well CRAP. Luckily no one would ever mistake me for classy so no note has appeared with a poop bag on my car yet today. If it does? Well I earned it, but still — Team Benefit of the Doubt, at least if it is less noxious than a bag of 8-week old puppy poop. When did it become sport to publicly point out the failings of others? Or have I just not paid attention until recently?

      Jul 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.12   srmsrmsrm

      Thanks. I’m glad you said this and I agree. Whenever I see someone litter in my neighborhood, by throwing or “setting” items on the street I follow them and give the item back with a big smile and a loud “I think you dropped this! Here you go.” One on bike I followed a car three red lights to give him his “big gulp” cup back. He threw it at me. Seeing him that angry was deeply satisfying. I volunteer to clean up local park, and I’m sick of all the rich people in cars who drive through oure neighborhood and litter. No sympathy.

      Jul 25, 2011 at 6:57 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.13   Grettt

      @ srmsrmsrm
      You scare me.

      Jul 25, 2011 at 7:19 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.14   Canthz_B bang

      It’s been a looong time since only rich people owned cars. :-P

      Jul 25, 2011 at 9:40 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.15   Seanette

      Depends on your definition of “rich”. :)

      Jul 29, 2011 at 2:17 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   kat

    I think there should be some kind of consequence for being a ditz because if everyone just got away with mindlessly (accidentally) leaving garbage around, we’d be knee deep. I’d totally write that note. Littering pisses me off to no end. I take at least 3 pieces of garbage out with me when I hike, if those are all accidents, we’re in trouble..

    Jul 25, 2011 at 12:42 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   FeRD bang

      So, you’d write a note and leave it on the ground next to a piece of litter, to combat litter? …Yeah, I can tell it’s definitely the litter that really pisses you off. :-/

      Jul 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm   rating: 47  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   redheadwglasses

      Not getting homonyms right pisses me off to no end. Well, not really, I’m not that tightly wound.

      Jul 25, 2011 at 12:46 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.3   kat

      Yeah, I caught the “know” right away, “know” idea what happened there – you were too quick for me.

      Jul 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.4   TKD

      kat, I am glad you cleared that up. It was driving me crazy trying to find the misused homonym.

      Jul 25, 2011 at 1:24 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.5   Clumber

      dammit. I was about to start blocking off words trying to find what it could have been…. read the rest of the comments before driving yourself crazy, Clumber, read them all…

      Jul 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   kat

    haha no, I’d throw it away, but the note would be on her windshield.

    Jul 25, 2011 at 12:46 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   srmsrmsrm

      awesome.

      Jul 25, 2011 at 7:09 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   dejahthoris

    EWW…That’s kind of creepy in a stalker kind of way..

    Jul 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   thegreekmind

    Okay, so it’s debatable to leave this note… but we can definitely do this when people leave dirty diapers lying around, right? ‘Cause I’ve seen that on multiple occasions, and it effing pisses me off.

    Jul 25, 2011 at 1:07 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   William Raillant-Clark

    Well, to be fair, she DID litter… :)

    Jul 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   Larz Blackman

    Accident or not, she littered. And that is shitty, so own it.

    Jul 25, 2011 at 1:15 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   aaa bang

      I thought that was covered in the part where she “unfortunately” left the cup on the ground.

      Jul 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   jadefirefly

      Agreed, aaa. I’d say she’d ‘owned’ it pretty well by clearly stating that SHE left it behind in the first place, intentionally or not.

      Jul 25, 2011 at 2:13 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.3   Citrico

      She admitted she forgot it on the ground, how much more owning it do you want?

      “Of course I littered! And I would have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for you meddling kids and your dog!”

      Jul 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm   rating: 35  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.4   Clumber

      Do we even know for sure it was “litter” in the defendant’s intent? It says cup of ice water rather than empty cup from ice water. Not really any different than the bazillions of people who leave their full coffee cups, etc on the roof of their car and drive off, right? She set it on the ground, does that somehow change the definition from “silly mistake” to “evil litterbug”?

      Jul 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.5   *snerk*

      Has no one driven off with a cup or bag on the roof of their car? I just about drove off leaving a stroller in the street the other night (baby was in the car). Would that have made me a litterbug, or just supremely absent minded?

      Jul 26, 2011 at 9:47 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.6   Aimily

      Why should you have to choose?

      Jul 26, 2011 at 10:49 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   aaa bang

    Not capitalizing proper nouns is classy too.

    Jul 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #13   Quite Contrary

    Pink cursive edged with self righteousness makes for the best kind of classy.

    Jul 25, 2011 at 1:27 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   FeRD bang

      Well, best kind of something -assy.

      Jul 25, 2011 at 2:03 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   srmsrmsrm

      I think self righteousness is very very sexy.

      Jul 25, 2011 at 7:10 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.3   Divvitar

      @srm: You’re one of those Tea Baggers, aren’t you?

      Jul 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   finette

    I will freely admit to leaving a note next to something that was left in my apartment parking lot…but it was a used condom. My complex, not so classy.

    Jul 25, 2011 at 1:40 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   ArikaM

    OMG! Get a life, wierdo!

    Jul 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   Nope

    What I want to know is how is this possible?

    “After returning to her apartment complex, our submitter found the cup had reappeared next to her parked car…”

    If she wasn’t at the apartment complex (presumably driving back there based on the rest of the submission’s story), then how could it be next to her *parked* car when she returned? Or are we to assume she has 2 cars exactly alike and the cup just so happened to be next to the other identical one not used for driving back?

    And yes I get that we’re supposed to deduce that the submitter noticing the cup had re-appeared and returning to her apartment complex are supposed to be 2 separate events. I was poking fun at the wording.

    Jul 25, 2011 at 2:03 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   FeRD bang

      A bit. “reappeared” was perhaps a wrong word, since it may never have left the spot next to her car (assuming assigned/”habitual” parking). But, really, the point is that we all knew what was meant.

      Jul 25, 2011 at 2:06 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.2   Clumber

      See, I thought it meant she left cup of ice water on curb. Drove away. Some stalker neighbor saw this through his fist-clenched grips on his shades, ran out to get the cup, and kept it in his grimy hands… waiting… waiting… she’ll be back.. classy ladies like that always come back.. waiting… waiting.. THERE! She’s back! She parks.. she goes into her classy apt… HURRY! RUN OUTSIDE WITH THE NOTE, the note chosen after 59 abortive drafts… put the cup of ice water, lovingly saved exactly how it was, back next to her ‘stang. No.. a little to the left.. there. PERFECT. Run back inside and watch.. waiting… waiting…

      Holy shit i just creeped myself out….

      Jul 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm   rating: 49  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.3   pony girl

      @ Clumber,

      I figured that she was just getting stuff from her car, and walked to the pool at her apartment complex.

      Your version is much more entertaining, and yes, very creepy.

      Jul 25, 2011 at 8:14 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.4   pony girl

      well, poopie, she drove off.
      Now I am very creeped out by this note, instead of just mildly amused.

      Jul 25, 2011 at 8:35 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   BrookeDiz

    Is there no wind in Little Rock? Most places, both the cup and the note would have blown away long before Classy Lady got back from the pool.

    Jul 25, 2011 at 2:57 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Army of Words

      I’m assuming there was water still left in the cup when she set it down, presumably enough that it did not blow away. I’m the one that usually puts drinks on top of the car only to forget about them and drive away.

      Jul 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   liddy

    If I found that note all I would have seen is every word in that sentence except for “litters” and thought, “wow, that’s nice someone thinks I am classy and noticed my rockin’ stang !” Hows that for shallow?

    Jul 25, 2011 at 7:59 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   pony girl

      @liddy,

      That’s not shallow.
      That’s just thinking positively!

      Jul 25, 2011 at 8:15 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.2   FeRD bang

      Yeah… not to mention cranking the reality-distortion field up to positive 20 Palins!

      Jul 28, 2011 at 5:17 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   Canthz_B bang

    Mustangs are classy in Arkansas?
    Wow.
    What’s a Lincoln Town Car considered there? A Royal Carriage?

    Jul 25, 2011 at 11:34 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   Canthz_B bang

    How did they know the lithium was hers?

    Jul 25, 2011 at 11:44 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   GhostWriter bang

      It’s Blue Mustang lithium. Bikini chicks always take it before swimming, to reduce hydrophobia. I think it’s a trend Farrah Fawcett started.

      Jul 26, 2011 at 10:02 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   Divvitar

    Man, a PAN from Arkansas and there’s no opening for a comment on inbreeding! :P

    Jul 26, 2011 at 1:53 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   Drew

      Yeah, because that would be so original and funny.

      Jul 26, 2011 at 2:21 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #22   Thunder Cat

    You didn’t like my note?! It was the only way I could think of getting you to notice me. I thought we could go out for tuna sandwiches and discuss our wedding plans.

    Jul 27, 2011 at 10:05 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   raychel

    I used to live in Little Rock and I amazed anyone there can read, write etc etc

    Jul 27, 2011 at 11:01 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   Little Rock

      You can write… unfortunately, it appears you are still having trouble putting logical sentences together… :-/ awkward….

      Jul 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   Newspeak

    Back in the day when we people carried day planners, I left mine on the roof of my car and drove away. It fell off in the street and a nice man later contacted me and returned it. He never accused me of being a litterbug, though.

    Jul 27, 2011 at 11:31 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     

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