But it was so cute when the baby panda did it!

March 21st, 2012 · 37 comments

One of the employees at Rebecca’s workplace in Toronto is unfortunately prone to surprise sneezing fits…much to the chagrin of a certain co-worker. After one too many gesundheits, this coworker apparently decided to go public with her message, posting this note where the sneezer  — god bless her — would be sure to see it.

(ALEX PLEASE DO NOT SNEEZE ON ME!) (COVER YOUR MOUTH!)

extra credit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2QAGVMlns4

related: You’re not wrong, Walter…

FILED UNDER: CAPS LOCK · heartwarming compassion · hygiene · office · Toronto


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  • #1   kermit

    Are those little dogs the result of the sneezes? Because if so, then it’s not such an unreasonable request.

    Mar 21, 2012 at 9:41 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   infanttyrone

      Not sure why (incipient Old Timer’s disease?), but those dogs and “sneezes” bring to mind the old cartoon riff where Mr. Jinx the cat sez…
      “I hate those meeces to pieces!”

      Mar 21, 2012 at 11:14 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   kermit

      That’s exactly what I thought of, too. But it’s not so much Old Timer’s disease as the fact that old timey cartoons are generally better than today’s cartoons (with some exceptions).

      Mar 21, 2012 at 11:52 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Danny

    Is Alex the name of the dogs? Maybe they’re both named “Al”, and this person thinks that “Alex” is the plural form?

    Mar 21, 2012 at 10:01 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   SeeYouInTea

    That video is absolutely terrifyingly disgusting.

    Mar 21, 2012 at 10:17 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   We shall speak Anon

      I thought it was kind of hot until the 1:00 mark.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Jolly

    On the one hand, if you sneeze without covering your mouth, you’re a fucking animal. On the other hand, though, who would write a huge, public note shaming someone for something like this instead of making a polite suggestion in private? Sounds like a horrible place to work on all sides.

    Mar 21, 2012 at 10:51 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   infanttyrone

      Must be a workplace populated with folks who didn’t grow up
      with Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies on the tube.

      Those folks would use a note with Daffy Duck saying to Porky Pig…
      Thay it…don’t thpray it !!

      Alex would get a private message,
      and others could chuckle in blissful ignorance.

      Mar 21, 2012 at 11:07 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   Wench

      I was thinking something similar…. sometimes I have sneezing fits due to allergies, dust, etc. Cant help it, cant stop it, certainly cover my mouth and nose with a tissue. If this is the case with this sneezer then the co-worker is a bitch.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 4:24 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   Jill

      I’m gathering from the “cover your mouth” request that she is not talking about you.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 8:28 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.4   bananaphone

      Maybe the mysterious note writer had already confronted sneezy about sneezing on people?

      When I was in second grade their was a girl named Jennifer who would always blow her nose and leave the used tissues (only) on my desk. I remember nicely telling her to stop with the germ warfare but she persisted. I later wrote about it in my classroom journal only to have the teacher respond by telling me to ask her nicely to quit.

      Maybe this is the same passive-aggressive snot user Jennifer all grown up?

      “Ahhhchooo! Oh excuse me hun, I just CAN’T seem to stop.”

      Mar 22, 2012 at 11:10 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.5   Alex's co-worker

      In fact, I am the one who wrote the sign. And it was only after 2 sneezes directly at me (we sit in an open environment) where she turned her head, closed her eyes, and sneezed ON ME. (I could actually feel the spray hitting me). Horrified, the first time I gave her a “I can’t believe you just did that look” accompanied by a request to please use a kleenex so as not not sneeze directly on me. The second time I was on a conference call and could only give a look of disgust. Her response after the fact was “this is what I do at home, so I guess I forgot”. Hence the sign.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm   rating: 38  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.6   Jolly

      Wow, sneezing not just at, but directly on someone… twice? Screw the note, the second time I would have struggled to avoid hauling off and hitting her right in the face. I’ve only been sneezed on once, in highschool, and it was so utterly revolting I just automatically kicked the person right in the shin. Even now, as a grown-up, I have a hard time recalling the feeling of having someone sneeze right. on. my. arm. and imagining having a less knee-jerk, brutal reaction. Blgh. Team note writer.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.7   Bookmark

      It’s just an average 8×10 sheet inside Sneezy’s cubicle. It’s not like Sneezy’s coworker went posting it in random spots around the office for all to see. Plus, if you read the full story, it’s obvious Sneezy needed a daily reminder, as she sneezed full-spray on her coworker TWICE and claimed that she couldn’t remember to cover her mouth. Sneezing open-mouthed on someone is something little kids do, not adults. If a full-grown woman openly admits that she can’t remember to cover her mouth, then a sign like this is definitely called for.

      Mar 23, 2012 at 10:52 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.8   Alex's co-worker

      Actually to be specific, the note is in my cube. She sits parallel to me so that when she turns her head to sneeze at me she will actually see it. Not too many people come by our desks, so she was the primary audience for the note. But like I said below, since having the sign up for two days and her being sent the link by Rebecca, I am happy to report that she has not done it again since. So this morning I took the sign down. Yay social media!

      Mar 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   kaylee

    gotta love how the beginning of the slow motion sneeze looks like they’re orgasming. I’ve heard of the whole “a sneeze is equivalent to 1 tenth of an orgasm” but man…

    Mar 21, 2012 at 11:40 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   The Elf

      I don’t think it quite works like that. If you sneeze 10 times in a row, it wouldn’t feel like an orgasm. And if it did, I’d eat a lot more pepper.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 6:57 am   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.2   JC

      That’s definitely not true. As an allergy sufferer, I would welcome that when the sneezing fits come.

      This past weekend I kept having sneezing fits in the mall.
      I didn’t orgasm once. :(

      And I covered my mouth each and every time.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 8:54 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.3   infanttyrone

      I checked out the sneeze/orgasm thing on Snopes and they say it’s false.
      Dr. Ruth’s “An orgasm is just a reflex, like a sneeze.”‘ is the likely culprit.
      If you drop “a reflex,” then you get “An orgasm is just like a sneeze.”

      In the public interest, I surveyed a number of “tube” sites that have a wide variety of adult entertainment clips. Plenty of fun to be had with the two activities you’d expect to find that relate to corporeal effluence, but nary’s what you’ll find with respect to proboscoid fetishes or hard-core sneezing.

      Note: I didn’t check any pay sites. Maybe if you are a paying subscriber you can find something to tickle your nasal spray funnybone.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.4   clumber

      infanttyrone, you are a bright light in our darkness, the way you sacrifice yourself to do the research for us. I bow thumb to your altruism.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.5   kermit

      So what you’re saying is that there’s an untapped porn market here I could make money off of.

      Well, I’ll be damned; I thought the porn market was saturated already.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.6   infanttyrone

      clumber,
      Thanks, but I reckon that the time investment worked out OK in this case. Didn’t find any nose-or-sneeze-oriented material, but there were a few clips that helped make sense out of some old Firesign Theater and Marx Brothers dialog. Not a bad day at the orifice.

      kermit,
      I’m guessing that you might be able to absorb some of some folks’ discretionary income if you offered an outlet for their predilections.
      I don’t have any such bent myself, so I can’t offer much advice other than don’t go injecting the Mr. Hankey meme…there’s plenty of scat clips available for nothing. It’s tough to compete with the free shit.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   Grant

    Spray that again?

    Mar 22, 2012 at 6:15 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   The Elf

    No link to the cute sneezing baby panda?

    Mar 22, 2012 at 6:58 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   JC

    Ew…the video is nasty.
    I had to stop it, and now I feel a compelling urge to wipe my screen.

    Mar 22, 2012 at 8:57 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   Cubeless

    Ah the life of a corporate America cube drone..Been there, done that, escaped.

    Mar 22, 2012 at 10:29 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   ruth

    I so relate to this! I have co-irker who won’t go to the dr and has a lingering (as in 5 yr) cough and sneeze. Management even gets on to him but he won’t get it checked out and when he sneezes it’s so gross! Fluids all over. I understand this note. I totally relate!

    Mar 22, 2012 at 10:45 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Cake

      We LIVED with a person like this. He had a cold for about a month and then when all of the other symptoms were gone he still had this annoying dry cough. We tried to get him to go to the doctor, but he was so stubborn (and sensitive) that we eventually stopped trying. One time we did sneak cough syrup into his grape juice…and HUZZAH he didn’t cough that week….I can’t believe we lived with that nut for 2 years ugh..college -_-

      Mar 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   Alex's co-worker

    In fact, I am the one who wrote the sign. And it was only after 2 sneezes directly at me (we sit in an open environment) where she turned her head, closed her eyes, and sneezed ON ME. (I could actually feel the spray hitting me). Horrified, the first time I gave her a “I can’t believe you just did that look” accompanied by a request to please use a kleenex so as not not sneeze directly on me. The second time I was on a conference call and could only give a look of disgust. Her response after the fact was “this is what I do at home, so I guess I forgot”. Hence the sign. And I am happy to report that thanks to this website (and Rebecca’s gumption for sending it to her) she has been sufficiently shamed and has just sneezed and covered her mouth!

    Mar 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   blessed

      Hopefully the shame will carry over and she’ll stop sneezing on people at home too.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   BB

      I wanted the news, not the weather! hehe :)

      Mar 23, 2012 at 8:19 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   Nick

    Here is the sneezing panda for those who requested it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-ZBcmcje_s

    Mar 22, 2012 at 5:12 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   The Elf

      Awwwwwwwwwwwwww.

      Mar 23, 2012 at 8:19 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   Who passed out the Haterade?

    I’m not sure after hearing about Alex: Am I just being weird / OCD for not only covering up when I sneeze, but also trying to find an area completely away from people so that any stray aerosol will have a much lower chance of being inhaled?

    Mar 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   Wench

      No, you’re being considerate. Go team WPOTG!

      Mar 23, 2012 at 10:18 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   bookworm

      Aww, now I feel like I’m doing the bare minimum when I sneeze into the crook of my elbow.

      Mar 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   happy

    The sneeze is equivalent to a small ratio of the feeling you have with an orgasim. It’s a fact. It made that video much more disgusting knowing that fact. At least they didn’t have stupid grins on their faces. But if you’re looking for it you can see the pleasure in their micro-expressions.

    Apr 5, 2012 at 9:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     

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