Playing the terrorism card to justify your late-night karaoke dance party? Really?

September 25th, 2011 · 58 comments

If it wasn’t obvious, Lorah in NYC says the response note here was most definitely a total lie. (The residents of 4B are musical theater actors, and sing-and-dance-a-thons are not uncommon events in their apartment.)

Please respect your neighbors. Any singing/dancing/noise after 11pm, management & police will be notified. -The Tenants

So sorry for all the commotion last night. We meant no disrespect by singing/dancing. A dear friend returned from overseas, fighting the war on terror. We had a celebration for his return. It would be a shame if you do not support our soldiers overseas. Please come see our apartment. It's red, white, and blue. NOW WHO'S THE TERRORIST?! <3 the residents of 4B xoxoxo

related: If you don’t read this, the terrorists win! Do you hate America?

FILED UNDER: heart · neighbors · New York · noise · non-apology apology · oh no you didn't · smartass · that's disrespectful · xoxo

58 responses so far ↓

  • #1   lagne

    “It would be a shame if I didn’t support the troops overseas by pounding on the walls and floor, blaring Pitbull, having an orgy in the hallway, and decorating my apartment to look like Aunt Erma’s sparkly 4th of July sweater vest. Piss off, Osama.”

    Sep 25, 2011 at 8:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Jimmy James

      It’s our very freedom to have orgies in the hallway that make the terror folk hate us. Or so I’ve heard.

      Sep 26, 2011 at 8:34 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   LOL

    Go team stfu!

    Sep 25, 2011 at 8:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   Bockanalia

    The Tenants must be a sleeper cell. 4B is doing their patriotic duty making noise all night…

    Sep 25, 2011 at 8:18 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   Resident Grammarian esq bang

    You don’t like our noise? Do you also hate freedom? Do you know who else doesn’t like kareoke? Al Qaeda

    Sep 25, 2011 at 8:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Roto13

      Well that’s not fair, even Jesus would have hated karaoke.

      Sep 25, 2011 at 10:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   kermit

      Ironically, if it’s one thing Al Queda loves, it’s karaoke. It’s much easier to indoctrinate people if the tunes are catchy.

      Sep 26, 2011 at 5:15 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.3   divaandwriter bang

      You’re damned right! Karaoke is an instrument of the Great Satan, designed to drive everyone as crazy as possible and reduce us all to simpering idiots.

      Sep 26, 2011 at 9:15 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.4   merkin4

      When you karaoke alone, you karaoke with Hitler.

      Sep 26, 2011 at 9:48 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.5   Rattus

      Are internet references to Al Qaeda amendment 1(a) to Godwin’s Law?

      Sep 26, 2011 at 11:07 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   Leonna

    Go Team 4B! Nice passive aggressive note!

    Sep 25, 2011 at 8:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   Rosetta

    I’m with team stfu. What an obnoxious response to a reasonable request!

    Sep 25, 2011 at 8:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   kermit

    If I were Lorah, I would purchase a bugle and practice revelry songs at the crack of dawn. Since the residents of 4B are so supportive of the armed forces, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind showing their solidarity and support by getting up at the same time as army people.

    Sep 25, 2011 at 8:49 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   chad

      THAT would kick ass! Or simply find an mp3 of reveile online and play it full blast at 430 in the morning.

      Sep 26, 2011 at 6:44 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Laura

    I hate when people use stuff like this as an excuse to be total douches. This is when filming comes in handy. I had neighbors who did stuff like this and made up huge excuses as to why their noise was justified, aka coming back from Iraq or having going away parties etc to management.. So one day me and my now ex decided we needed to catch our asshole neighbors in the act. We called the cops and had them come over and hide behind the corner with me while I filmed. It seems the cops have had many problems with these guys so they were cool with me getting proof for management. My ex knocked on their door and when they opened it up he asked them to turn it down and they laughed at him, told him to fuck off and that they can do whatever they want because they’re military (My ex and I were military at the time too). My ex was in the doorway so the guy pushes my ex out so hard that he almost flips over the handrail. So the cops jumps out, arrests the guy for disrupting the peace and assult and I went to the opened door and filmed while the 2nd cop went inside. They were caught with prostitutes, illegal drugs and underage drinking. I handed a DVD to the management and had them watch it. They were evicted and that was the last we heard from them. I swear it was like an episode of COPS. You can call me an asshole for what I did but it was 6 months straight, every other 3 days of partying with shitty techno music, drunk morons screaming outside on the patio, and jumping, stomping and people falling down until about 4am in the morning.

    Sep 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   deprogrammed

      I call you GREAT!

      Sep 26, 2011 at 1:01 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   Dandelion

      As a note, if someone who claims to be in the military does this sort of thing to you again, send the video to the CO of the local base/unit/whatever and complain to them. They will be messed up far worse than what the cops alone can do to them.

      Sep 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.3   Donna Martin Graduates!

      TEAM LAURA! Awesome execution of a justified sting op.

      Sep 26, 2011 at 9:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.4   Nunavut Guy

      The techno music would be enough to justify your actions.

      Sep 26, 2011 at 11:03 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.5   -k-

      Team Laura indeed.

      And 4B are assholes.

      Sep 30, 2011 at 5:50 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   babyka

    I often fight terrorism with sing-and-dance-a-thons. Isn’t that just standard practice?

    Sep 25, 2011 at 8:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      Brave souls all over the world are standing up to tyranny through the Gift of Dance.

      It’s sad to think that these men have probably been executed by the Revolutionary Guard by now.

      Sep 26, 2011 at 4:51 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   SeeYouInTea

    I have family and friends in the military, and I hate when people feel entitled because they know/are people in the military.

    Sep 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      I can’t speak for everyone in the armed forces, but when I was in the navy, I used to really hate it when friends and family made me attend their stupid “Welcome Home” parties. All I wanted to do was go home and sleep in a proper bed that I didn’t have to share with another man and that didn’t have a ceiling 3 inches from my face, and then wake up late and eat a breakfast that didn’t consist of anything freeze-dried and re-constituted. That’s just me.

      Sep 26, 2011 at 4:48 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   Clumber

      A friend of mine had a Rule when he returned from deployment : For the 1st 72 hours the ONLY thing he wanted was Pizza and a Pillow and leave him the fuck alone. His wife fully supported this and wouldn’t even patch through family members who called or came by. 72 hours were 100% his, Pizza and Pillow.

      Sep 26, 2011 at 8:52 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.3   makfan

      Very cool that his wife “got it”. I have not been in the military, but even coming home from a week overseas, I kind of want the same thing. Leave me alone till I am back to some sense of normal.

      Oct 2, 2011 at 11:50 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   new yorkuh

    To be fair, if this is NYC we’re talking about and not just a random town in the state of New York, 11 PM is a somewhat early time to ask people to stop listening to music/singing/dancing by. 12 AM is reasonable, 11 PM, eh… not so much.
    I understand non New Yorkers and at least one New Yorker who lives on a quiet street will probably disagree with that statement.

    Sep 25, 2011 at 10:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Jane

      Well, I suppose that depends on what the lease says, if it says 11PM, it’s 11PM. That said, I don’t know what’s so special about NYC that people should be allowed to party all night long whenever and wherever they like. Most people have things they have to do in the morning that require sleep, is NYC full of people who don’t need sleep or something?

      Sep 26, 2011 at 12:17 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   Silence

      I don’t care where you live.

      If your neighbor asks you to keep it down, it’s common courtesy to do so.

      Sep 26, 2011 at 12:37 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.3   kermit

      New, it would be one thing if the person lived above a busy bar or nightclub. In that case it’s obviously unreasonable to expect peace and quiet after 11PM.

      But precisely because it’s NYC, there are plenty of places open at 11PM where you can celebrate with friends without disturbing your neighbors.

      Sep 26, 2011 at 5:10 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.4   The Elf

      11pm is too early? Surely a majority of adults have to get up fairly early to go to work? You can’t all work in musical theatre.

      Sep 26, 2011 at 7:43 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.5   another new yorker

      Except for the fact that NYC has legal quiet hours starting at 10pm.

      It’s perfectly reasonable to ask people not to sing and dance after 11pm. If it happens once, you let it go, when it’s frequent you have to speak up.

      Sep 26, 2011 at 9:17 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.6   divaandwriter bang

      I am a professional singer myself, and I live in New York City. There are laws here against making excessive noise in apartment buildings after certain hours. I believe the cutoff time is 10:00 PM on weekdays and 11:00 PM on Friday and Saturday nights. Professional musical theater actors are within their rights practicing their singing and dancing within those time frames, but not any later than that, and I don’t think the law covers loud parties. As a professional performer myself, who has had to deal with complaining neighbors even when practicing at REASONABLE hours, I hate to say this, but I agree with the tenants who wrote the first note.

      Sep 26, 2011 at 9:36 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Old Uncle Toe bang

    Hmm, love how note writer #1 assumes he or she speaks for “The Tenants.” Wouldn’t that include the residents of 4B?

    A little presumptuous to claims to speak for someone and decide they’re complaining about themselves.

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   boxes

    They’re both jerks and they both deserve eachother.

    Sep 26, 2011 at 12:21 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   gladystopia

    God, don’t you ppl GET it??? If we can’t bring home half-a-dozen friends from the Swinger’s Shack, snort crystal meth straight out of the saucepan, and blast Molly Hatchet while we hold bare-floor nude pogo-stick races–hey, if we can’t do those things whenever and wherever we choose, then THE TERRORISTS HAVE WON!!!

    Stupid apartment building…bunch of frickin’ FASCIST!

    Sep 26, 2011 at 12:26 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   Buck

    Oh, how I wish these were my “patriotic” neighbors. Each morning at 3 am they would be awakened by Kate Smith belting out “God Bless America” through loudspeakers set outside their door.

    Sep 26, 2011 at 1:44 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

    As someone with inconsiderate noisey neighbours; Team Complainers.

    And before anyone chimes in with “Why not just talk to them about it?”; if you’re making noise in a residential area at night, you already know you’re bothering people and have chosen to do it anyway, so you’re clearly the kind of person who there is no point asking politely.

    Sep 26, 2011 at 4:43 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   The Elf

      Joining you on Team Complainers. Here’s the kicker, from the intro text: “The residents of 4B are musical theater actors, and sing-and-dance-a-thons are not uncommon events in their apartment.”

      If it were the once-a-year karoke-thon, it would be easier to overlook, especially if they had given thought to their neighbors and let it be known that the night was going to be noisy because of a welcome-home party. I think a lot of people, once forwarned, would be content to look the other way once in a blue moon. But “not uncommon” implies to me that these events are at least monthly. What kind of rude asshat resident subjects their apartment neighbors to FREQUENT sing and dance parties?

      The “terrorism” follow-up is just the icing on the PAN cake.

      That said, I would talk to them first, Dr. Chalk. It’s generally worthwhile taking the polite, reasonable path on the first attempt to resolve the problem. But I’m pretty sure this note does not represent the first attempt if karoke-thons are “not uncommon”!

      Sep 26, 2011 at 7:52 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.2   Laura

      Talking to your neighbors doesn’t do anything. As soon as you knock on their door you become an inconvenience to their fun, especially if they are drunk. It’s best to go over with the police to make it known that you’ve had enough of their ear diarrhea. Confrontation without some kind of authority behind you has no bearing. It’s just empty threats and then you’re considered a joke. People are rude assholes everywhere, I dealt with it in the military, I dealt with it as a civilian and hell, I’m dealing with it with my own brother. Yeah yeah, don’t judge me. I’m a veteran, no one wants to hire a veteran so I live with my mom temporarily. :(

      Sep 26, 2011 at 12:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.3   The Elf

      Depends on the neighbor, but I can certainly see how the situation you outlined could happen.

      Oh, and the federal government has preferential hiring for vets. Fed jobs take forever to get, but there’s nothing to stop you from looking. Check it out, and good luck.

      Sep 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.4   makfan

      @Laura, thank you for your service. Unfortunately, companies don’t seem to want to hire anyone right now. Unless they are in a low-cost country and can do the work remotely, it seems.

      Oct 2, 2011 at 11:53 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   Nathan

    Serving in the military does not justify acting like an asshole. There are plenty of clubs, bars, etc. where you can whoop and holler late into the night without bothering your neighbors.

    Sep 26, 2011 at 7:50 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #18   nak

    Is it just me or does the second note look like it was written a few words at a time by eight different people

    Sep 26, 2011 at 8:15 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #19   venom47 bang

    I would take the response they wrote back and bring it to the leasing office right away. While the musical theater ladies thought they were smart with their note, they just admitted guilt to what they did. I do wonder why they decided to add the terrorist part. Personally i would tell the office that i have a friend who is muslim that used to come by but wont now because he is scared of potential hate crimes.

    Sep 26, 2011 at 9:48 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #20   The Elf

    Am I the only one who read Lorah as Lorax?

    “I am the Lorah! I speak for the tenants.”

    Sep 26, 2011 at 10:06 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   mycaricature

      I wondered this too, I imagine they must have read “Tenants” as “Terrorists!”

      Sep 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #21   Unusualbiscuit

    These people are asshats, I had neighbours like this before…. After months I asked them to turn the music down and let’s just say I now have to live elsewhere as they called cps on me, the social security, the dog warden etc all for phoney claims and ordered copious fast food and fuel etc in my name. I say report them and use the Muslim friend lie too.. These sorts of people need to go far away and spontaneously combust!

    Sep 26, 2011 at 10:08 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #22   unyardlee

    it’s also our freedom to sleep at night and have a nice life without idiots making racket all the time, oh wait, people that use that argument only care about themselves. someone hit those dumbasses

    Sep 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #23   George

    I kinda think that they said Terrorists, because, if you look at the first note, where it says ‘The Tenants’ — you could make a case, that if someone were say, under the influence, it could look like ‘The Terrorists’. Just sayin’.

    Sep 26, 2011 at 5:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #24   Liz in Albuquerque

    Ya know what I hate about these notes? The Random capitalizations Contained Within the Notes.

    Sep 26, 2011 at 10:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #25   poof1

    “Now who’s the TERRORIST?!” I smell sarcasm. If I had to guess, I would say the people are making a sarcastic/passive aggressive joke… A joke that Family Guy or South Park would make.

    Sep 27, 2011 at 1:00 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #26   WMDKitty

    As much as I want to snark on Lorah’s name (“Lorah”? Really? Plain old “Laura” wasn’t good enough?), it’s probably her parents’ fault.

    As for the noisy neighbors, dude, quiet hours are called QUIET HOURS for a reason — and it’s really quite reasonable to expect, you know, QUIET after about 10:00 at night.

    Sep 27, 2011 at 1:32 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #27   plainbeliedsneetch

    “Now who’s the terrorist?”
    Uhm, the person who threw in the terrorism reference out of nowhere and is trying awful hard to convince everyone she’s a patriotic, freedom-loving, troop-supporting American?
    C’mon, a red white and blue apartment?
    “I think some of these people are trying too hard. I think that when the truck of anthrax comes, it’s going to have UNITED WE STAND and a Bush-Cheney on the back.
    And a Toby Keith damned tape playing… “

    Sep 27, 2011 at 3:05 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #28   Poison

    If the “terrorist” thing was a joke: eh. They still shouldn’t have been making so much noise. If it wasn’t a joke: f*ck those people. I once told my friend to dump a guy who was in the military because he was cheating on her. Then he told me that I was “anti-American” – because, ya know, people in the military can act like dickheads and get away with it. I told him that I had plenty of friends and the majority of the men in my family that served in the military. They bring honor to their position and do not use it as an excuse for behaving like douchebags.

    Sep 27, 2011 at 11:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #29   bookworm

    I was on 4B’s side until I read their reply. Bringing up accusations of terrorism seems more like something an internet troll would do. Sad that they couldn’t be a little more creative than that.

    Sep 30, 2011 at 2:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   Heather

      Actually it’s a terroristic tactic on their part. Not very patriotic after all… The first note while PA was not unreasonable. Noise should be contained to your own apartment after 11pm.

      Oct 13, 2011 at 5:59 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #30   Heather

    It really pisses me off when people use patriotism and the war on terror as excuses for being disrespectful.

    Oct 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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