Entries from August 2011
Allie in Ypsilanti, Michigan was walking into her local Target store when she noticed this little art installation on the sidewalk outside. Granted, she says, “The closest Wal-Mart is about two miles away, and I have no idea how the cart got there either.”
The chalk artist had also drawn purple arrows across the parking lot in the direction of the Wal-Mart, and while Allie says she didn’t check to see if the chalk lines extended all the way to the store, “drawing the arrows but not taking the cart back would have been pretty P-A.”
Meanwhile, Michi spotted this piece of guerilla knitwork chained to a post near NYU. (“It was, on inspection, empty.”)
related: To whoever left this cart here — you are precisely what is wrong with America!
extra credit: Why Wal-Mart’s current business model is doomed [AdAge]
Tags: Michigan · retail hell · WTF?
Mim decided to take a back road to a friend’s house in Wisconsin when she spotted this sign in someone’s front yard — presumably, she says, a reaction to the two large silos that were recently erected in the corn field across the road.
related: Roadside intervention
Tags: neighbors · public shaming · small town living · Wisconsin
At Summer’s office in Austin, there are a few known “soakers” who constantly leave their dirty dishes in their sink. Apparently, the office soothsayer has had about enough of this practice.
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P.S. I kinda have a crush on this sign.
related: Things not to flush down the toilet: your hopes, your dreams…your sweaters
Tags: Austin · dishes · most popular notes of 2011 · not-so-veiled threats · office · smartass
Hollie in Portland, Oregon spotted this note on the second-floor landing as she was walking up to her apartment.
While I’m usually not in favor of note-leaving when a direct confrontation would do, I give this one a pass — creative spelling and all — because, really, have you ever met a middle schooler without an an attitude? I’d say forcing a kid to make it through eighth grade is enough of an ass-kicking already.
related: Another Portland teen takes on her noisy neighbors
Tags: kids · neighbors · noise · Portland
Your corporate overlords would like to offer this friendly reminder of how much we value our employees!
related: Recession incentive plan
Tags: all-staff e-mail · California · fired · now that's management · smiley · your/you're
Writes Elizabeth in Massachusetts: “My dad has taken to mixing hummus and tabbouleh in a bowl and eating it like that, which some reason, drives my brother absolutely crazy. I looked in the fridge today and was not surprised at all to find this note, which my dad ignored.”
Something tells me Elizabeth’s brother might also have an opinion about whether toast can or cannot be refrigerated…and perhaps the appropriateness of Cinnamon Roll Casserole as a workplace snack.
related: The most inane thing since sliced bread
Tags: "helpful" advice · a matter of taste · Father-son notes · food · fridge · Massachusetts
J.T. got a kick out of this permission slip, which his co-worker had to sign before her 17-year-old son was allowed to go the first high school dance of the year. (Apparently “leave room for Jesus” just doesn’t cover it these days.)
I’m loving the concept of “dance detention,” but the name of the high school is really the cherry on top.
related: You looking pretty is clearly more important than our friendship!
extra credit: The world’s largest dance detention performance [youtube]
Tags: oh the irony · schools & teachers · sex sex sex · spelling and grammar police
Writes Leslie in Richmond, Virginia: “The note’s creator seems to have purposely made his/her community note as undecorative as possible, but left the USA sign, flag, toadstools, ceramic rabbit, and rainbow-colored pinwheels untouched.”
Personally, I would have liked to see if adding of few of these to the yard would have solved the problem.
related: The Circle of Hell Dante forgot to mention
Tags: gloriously redundant · holiday spirit · neighbors · Richmond · stealing
Writes an office worker in Alabama: “A co-worker attends a weekly cooking class in town, and this week they made a Cinnamon Roll Casserole. The co-worker decided to bring it in to work and share it with the office.” The nerve of some people!
related: Loose lips shrink hips
Tags: "helpful" advice · Alabama · e-mail · food · hey fatty · office · office cop
Our submitter found the following signage at an engineering office in Salt Lake City, Utah. Adds our submitter: “For the life of me I can’t figure out what ‘cat parts’ is supposed to refer to — or why people would need a note to know it’s not appropriate to leave them in the kitchen sink.”
P.S. When I did a quick Google Image Search for “cat parts,” I ended up here:
related: “Place feral cats in box”
Tags: cats · kitchen · office · rebuttals · Salt Lake City · smartass · Utah · WTF?