How to deal with a chronically messy roommate once and for all

April 1st, 2012 · 19 comments

The strategic box placement — in what appears to be a minefield of dog turds — is bad enough. But the really passive-aggressive part? Apparently, the box wasn’t taped shut on the bottom.

Since you were too busy to clean anything before you moved out, I thought I'd save you a few trips up the stairs for the rest of your stuff. You're welcome!

related: “I don’t miss them.” 

FILED UNDER: cleaning · Idaho · moving/not moving · roommates


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  • #1   JourneyBleu

    I’m just happy she spelled everything correctly and used her commas and apostrophes appropriately. Really, what more can you ask for in a P/A note?

    Also, untaped bottom of the box? Priceless!

    Apr 1, 2012 at 10:19 pm   rating: 59  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   SeeYouInTea

    Thank God me and my roommate are both messy. If my roommate wasn’t a slob like me, I would definitely clean up.

    Apr 1, 2012 at 10:33 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   Kristinanoir

    I am doing this tomorrow

    Apr 1, 2012 at 10:53 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   Very Interesting ... But Stupid

    So how did the submitter of this PAN *know* that the box wasn’t taped shut on the bottom?

    Methinks the submitter wants to be famous on passiveagressivenotes.com.

    But the minefield of dog turds *is* quite a nice touch. That makes me almost want to forgive them, but not quite enough. Staged PAN? Kind of like kissing your brother – it’s just not the same.

    Apr 1, 2012 at 10:56 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Paige

      For the sake of enjoying the PAN, even though you’re probably right, they might’ve tried picking it up, possibly after they took the photo.

      Apr 1, 2012 at 11:45 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   The other Sarah

      If submitter was the recepient of the note and thus the box, they probably picked it up.

      Apr 2, 2012 at 3:21 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   Hopea

      The other Sarah, if it indeed was so, we would have an essay’s worth of explanation on how they actually aren’t a messy person at all and it’s just the roommate’s fault. Or something like that.

      Apr 2, 2012 at 7:36 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.4   Jami

      Perhaps they were someone who was near by when the box was picked up and saw everything fall out the bottom.

      Apr 2, 2012 at 10:18 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.5   Very Interesting ... But Stupid

      LOL, just noticed the date of this posting … April 1.

      Coincidence?

      Apr 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.6   weaselby

      Hopea–”If it indeed were so…” I’m a stickler for the subjunctive :p

      Apr 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Dane Zeller

    Question: Why would a messy person own a vacuum cleaner?

    Also, I would be alert to the next sign to the landlord complaining about the condition of the paint and shingles on the building.

    Apr 2, 2012 at 8:45 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   The Elf

      Good intentions? Also, “messy” is in the eye of the roommate. “Messy” might be “only vacuumed weekly” for a particularly OCD roomie. On the other hand, “messy” might mean “bought a vacuum, never cleaned enough off the floor to use it”.

      Apr 3, 2012 at 9:17 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.2   PunctuallyChallenged

      Not sure I’d buy a $1500 Electrolux for merely “good intentions.”

      Apr 22, 2012 at 11:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   me

    I don’t get it … if they already moved out and left crap behind, doesn’t that mean that they’re not coming back for it?

    I got left with all kinds of stuff by my ex rommies because I was the last to move out. Some of it was good, some of it was bad. We were all messy and moving day was HELL.

    Also, as someone who is genuinely messy, this isn’t the kind of pile you would see from someone who was messy. Only one box and a flowerpot? Yeah, not that big a deal.

    Apr 2, 2012 at 8:54 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   weouihqweif

    How can you tell the bottom of the box is untaped?

    There’s no way to determine from the pic.

    Apr 2, 2012 at 9:27 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   H for Toy bang

      They sent a video, but PAN couldn’t post it because the submitter is in negotiations with Adam Sandler for rights to the movie.

      Apr 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   H for Toy bang

    P.S. – I cleaned up as much dog crap as I could with your vacuum before it got full.

    Bon Voyage!

    Apr 2, 2012 at 1:35 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   Anna

    I interpreted this not as an end-of-roommate situation, but as an end-of-relationship situation. The live-in girlfriend/boyfriend moved out, and s/he left a mess as well as some junk behind.

    In this situation, there would likely be an alert like “I’ll be stopping by to get the rest of my stuff tomorrow.” Probably sent via text or email, so the still-in-residence ex knew when the stuff would be picked up.

    Apr 2, 2012 at 7:16 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   Steve

    So their point is why haven’t you moved out before your move out date?

    Apr 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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