This discombobulation will not stand.

May 7th, 2012 · 30 comments

“While stopping for our millionth potty break,” a road-tripping Rachel from Atlanta pondered the circumstances that could have inspired this intolerable discombobulation at a Tennessee gas station. “I don’t know what happened,” she says, “but that’s a hell of a lot of exclamation marks!!!”

Discombobulation of the cooler will no longer be tollerated [sic]!!! If you to STOCK or DELIVER, YOU will take out your trash and keep it NICE AND CLEAN!!! NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

p.s. dis·com·bob·u·la·tion, noun — confusion: a feeling of embarrassment that leaves you confused

related: Pain (and disgust) at the pump

FILED UNDER: exclamation-point happy!!!! · gas station · Tennessee


30 responses so far ↓

  • #1   kermit

    The fridge may not be discombombulated, but the management sure is vexed and flummoxed at the current state of fridge affairs.

    May 7, 2012 at 6:06 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   joshua

    A confused walk-in freezer is a sad walk-in freezer.

    May 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   Lisa D. Owen

    English much?

    May 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   jt

    Someone got a new thesaurus!

    May 7, 2012 at 6:30 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   Anonymous

    “Tollerated” and this is coming from Management… Learn to spell and maybe your cooler won’t be so confused. T-O-L-E-R-A-T-E-D.

    May 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   spoko

      I’m certain that’s correct. The Anheuser-Busch delivery guy came by to stock them up, saw her atrocious misspelling on this sign–before the sign even existed, mind you–and decided to just throw empty boxes all over the place. Happens all the time.

      Or, alternate possibility: You’re a pedantic twit.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:36 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.2   Laura

      And you’re one of those twits who probably misspells things all the time and can’t stand when people correct you. Team Grammar and Spelling Police!

      May 8, 2012 at 11:45 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.3   The Elf

      Chances are good that missive was composed on Microsoft Word or some other fairly modern word processing software.* All they have to do is activate the spellcheck! It won’t catch everything, but it will catch most typos, misspellings, and common grammatical errors.

      * Unlike this post, which was typed on the website comment box with no spellcheck. It’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

      May 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.4   FeRD bang

      You know, a decent browser can spellcheck your input, even in A Certain Website’s™ comment boxes. Personally, I switch that crap off. I can damn well spell better than Firefox, and don’t feel like tediously edjamacating its dictionary to the point where it won’t irritate me with unnecessary red squiggles… but the crutch is there, as an option. (Enabled by default, even!)

      TL;DR — Your excuse sucks! ;-)

      May 8, 2012 at 11:28 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   DS

    It’s irritating that they know how to spell “discombobulated” but not “tolerated”.

    May 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   Eileen

    This is, of course, a little-known subsidiary of Confuse-a-Cat, known as Discombobulate-a-Cooler, at work here. They travel across the country, confusing large cooling appliances wherever they may be found, for a small fee.

    May 7, 2012 at 6:47 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   infanttyrone

      Confuse-a-Cat and Discombobulate-a-Cooler,
      two great spin-offs from Spot-the-Looney.

      May 7, 2012 at 7:57 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   shwo! bang

    Why would I need to keep my trash nice and clean?

    May 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Aliceblue

      To sell on Etsy?

      May 7, 2012 at 9:09 pm   rating: 30  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   Sir Puke

    toll·er·rated – To assess the value of toller.

    May 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   UpFront Content

    If I were to stock or deliver here, I would be discombobulated… Why must they keep their trash nice and clean?

    May 7, 2012 at 7:02 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   Jon

    OED says discombobulate is “To disturb, upset, disconcert.” so I’d say the usage is proper.

    May 7, 2012 at 8:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   Lori

    “I do not think that word means what you think it means.”

    May 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   The Elf

      Inconceivable!

      May 8, 2012 at 8:04 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.2   Gecko Hunter

      My name is Frigidaire Cooler. You discombobulated my father. Prepare to die!

      May 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   Paige

    That poor cooler. Maybe they could toll the trash?

    Edit: After cleaning it, of course. Same as you would any decor.

    May 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   FeRD bang

    It’s really quite silly for the notewriter to get this worked up about their water cooler discombobulation, when such amazing advances have been made in recombobulation technology over the past two decades. It’s not as if they’re dealing with something really serious, such as disarray!

    May 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   Daniel

    Bad ‘bob you!

    May 8, 2012 at 3:42 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   TKD

    Discombobulation of this website will no longer be tolerated!!! If you enter to TROLL or DELIVER SNARK, YOU will take out the gratuitous CAPITALIZATION, excess punctuation… and keep the grammar nice and clean!!! No EXCEPTIONS!!!!

    May 8, 2012 at 7:44 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   Poltergeist

    Well this note obviously doesn’t apply to me or my trash. As a wandering nomad, I wasn’t in there to STOCK or DELIVER. I simply needed a place to sleep and watch my piss freeze on those warm Tennessee nights.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:06 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Noelegy

      I now have the Adam Ant song “Stand And Deliver” stuck in my head.

      “STOCK and DELIVER!”

      May 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   Nope Not Me

    This note is actually damn impressive from someone in TN. Their education system is discombobulated to say the least and they tolerate it.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:51 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   mills

      You are obviously a product of our superior Northern educational system, as you cannot be bothered to proof your own statement. It is ‘damnED’ impressive FOR someone in TENNESSEE, you twit. And, yes, I am from Tennessee. Furthermore, we tolerate no discombobulation in these parts.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:13 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.2   AG

      Neither of your suggestions addresses a mistake and neither of them needs improvement (see definitions below). And Nope only insulted your state, which you responded to by insulting half of the country. That shows far less “learning” than you think, you belligerent pedant.

      http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damn

      http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/from?show=0&t=1336555272

      (definition 3)

      May 9, 2012 at 4:27 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.3   Poltergeist

      You do apparently tolerate discombobulation in those parts as evidenced by this note. For shame!

      May 9, 2012 at 11:39 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up