Get Rich or Die Tryin’

March 14th, 2013 · 49 comments

Ashley spotted this notice in the community room at her grandma’s senior living community in Minnesota. Says Ashley: “Apparently acting like a grown up is still hard when you’re over 80.”

Concerning Bingo Days: Many of you have come into my office complaining about each other from people yelling or giving orders or how many cards you should be able to have or coming in late! I will address the yelling and being disrespectful first. Everyone here is adults. There should be no reason why you can't be respectful to each other. Please try and refrain from opening your mouth and making it miserable for the people that are down here playing for fun and enjoyment! Next how many cards can I have? Well that's easy too. You can have as many that you can handle without infringing on your fellow players. So that means if you can't keep up and have to keep asking them to repeat the number then guess what? you have too many cards. Or if you take too many that there are not enough for everyone than guess what? You have too many cards. And third but not least please respect your fellow players and try to be down stairs and in your seat by 1:30. Remember Bingo is fun not to try and get rich or cut throat your neighbor. It's to get out of your apartment and see your neighbor and visit and enjoy the game. Enough said! Try acting like grown ups and set an example for each other. Thank you. Manager

related: The Rules for Strip Bingo

FILED UNDER: Minnesota · most popular notes of 2013 · old folks · spelling and grammar police · that's disrespectful


49 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Nikki

    Everyone here is adults!

    Mar 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm   rating: 54  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Batman

      I’m still laughing about the “cut throat your neighbor” part.

      Mar 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Captain Hampton

    BUT WHY IS THE TEXT CENTERED

    Mar 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm   rating: 32  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   I Blogged Your Mom

      Obviously because Manager is an evil genius and this is an elaborate Rorschach test.

      Mar 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   gus

      There must be more than meets the eye because when I squint I see the transformers logo.

      Mar 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

       
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    • #2.3   talazia

      I know! I kept focusing on the center alignment and not the message.

      Mar 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.4   lejupp

      The more relevant question is: “Why is it not set in comic sans?”

      Mar 14, 2013 at 6:13 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.5   Pope Sextus

      Senior citizens can only read centered,
      well reasoned writing.

      Mar 16, 2013 at 10:45 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   pooham

    This would be fun to watch.

    What number did he call?
    He’s going too fast!
    I didn’t hear anyone call bingo!
    She always gets here first and takes the lucky cards!
    If you’d move your oxygen bottle my friend could sit next to me.
    He stinks up the place when he won’t change his Depends so he doesn’t miss a bingo.

    Mar 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Matt

      Believe me, it isn’t much fun when crazy old ladies start kicking off at the bingo. Those sweet old biddies are VICIOUS – you’re better off with football hooligans.

      Mar 14, 2013 at 6:01 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   Guest

      This is very true. I helped my grandma in the hall kitchen at a VFW on bingo nights. The only reason we weren’t snarled at was because we were the ones making and selling food.

      Mar 16, 2013 at 11:08 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   I Blogged Your Mom

    That’s weird they would name their kid “Manager” and then he actually became a manager.

    Mar 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   jennyb

    I can SO relate. I was the Recreation Director for an Assisted Living community for 6 years… BINGO was a hot mess. Those folks lived for their bingo… I will pray for that manager :)

    Mar 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Roto13

      Yep. I used to occasionally volunteer at the church bingo nights when I was a boring teenager. Those Bingo Banshees can get pretty awful.

      Mar 14, 2013 at 3:23 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   kaylee

    that was way too hard to read

    Mar 14, 2013 at 3:57 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   Leorale

    I really enjoy having this one right after the one involving pre-K. Passive aggression is lifelong!

    Mar 14, 2013 at 4:56 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   nunavut guy

    Mess with my bingo and I will pop a crutch in your ass.

    Mar 14, 2013 at 6:24 pm   rating: 25  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   jdaniel

      Sideways.

      Mar 15, 2013 at 2:28 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   Serenity

    I came to the conclusion a few years back that a lot of senior citizens revert back to their teen/childhood days in terms of behavior after a certain point. We have a night that caters to this demographic where I work, and it never ceases to amaze me how much fighting over whose table that is ( hint: they’re not ANY of yours, they are all OURS, and it’s first come, first serve, no savesies from last week), the gossip ( what a HUSSY she is!), and yes, i have even had ladies ask for their money back bc no one asked them to dance. It’s seriously like junior high all over again. I never know whether to laugh or cry.

    Mar 14, 2013 at 6:50 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   nunavut guy

      I’m leaning towards cry.

      Mar 14, 2013 at 7:18 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.2   nurgleth

      Let this be a life lesson to everyone:

      Everything, EVERYTHING is like high school.

      Mar 14, 2013 at 11:04 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.3   H for Toy

      I’ve been a poll worker for the last 3 elections, and have worked with a couple older ladies from an independent living facility. One of the ladies in particular was telling me all about the man she’s “going with” and the bar she goes to to get tipsy, and the woman who’s always trying to flirt with her man, and the one who dresses like a floozy, and the one that she hates, but is always nice to… It was a little strange being the youngest by several decades, but feeling like the only adult there.

      Mar 15, 2013 at 7:49 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.4   The Elf

      “Everything is like High School.”

      Except High School. Which is like Hell.

      Mar 15, 2013 at 8:13 am   rating: 30  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   Ely North

    Every time I visit my 92 year old grandmother she tells me about all the frenemies she’s making at BINGO. It’s part inspiring that she can be so old and yet act so young, and part depressing because she’s so old and still so immature.

    Mar 14, 2013 at 7:18 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   Rene

    Who gets to sit next to who at meal times is also ridiculous. My mom was in an asssited living center for a couple years & my mind was blown. It was JUNIOR high school!

    Mar 15, 2013 at 3:04 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Amy in Toronto

      When my grandparents were still alive and my grandfather lived in a long-term care home due to his worsening Alzheimer’s, my grandmother stumbled upon her husband of 55+ years “necking” with “some floozy” who lived across the hall from him. The nursing staff calmed my granny down and reassured her that he wasn’t really aware of his actions being hurtful to her, since he wasn’t aware he was married at the time of the encounter. Later on that week when she visited again, she asked what had been done to ensure that no more shenanigans would occur between her husband and this “other woman”. They escorted her to the lunch room where she noticed my grandfather at the opposite side of the dining room as this female resident with their backs facing one another, so that neither of them realized the other existed.

      Mar 18, 2013 at 11:34 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   Lil'

    There were some old folks in a home
    And bingo was the game-O
    Maude stuffed the card down down Edith’s throat
    Now things just aren’t the same-O

    Mar 15, 2013 at 6:11 am   rating: 20  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   H for Toy

      P-E-T-T-Y
      P-E-T-T-Y
      P-E-T-T-Y
      And bingo was the game-o!

      Mar 15, 2013 at 1:20 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   jUStPunkin

    Gah. That was painful. More painful that getting stabbed in the eye with Grandma’s bingo dauber while having bingo chips stuffed down your throat.

    And, I agree with Rene – the drama at those places is unbelievable. Throw a bunch of cranky old folks in a big building together and it turns into a hot mess!

    Mar 15, 2013 at 6:26 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   t-rex

    In all fairness, those senior citizens get ornery faster than you can say O-69.

    Mar 15, 2013 at 7:30 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   Hane

    This kind of things happen when ANY group gets segregated by age. If you spend all your time with other 6-year-olds, or 12-year-olds, or 75-year-olds, with no significant interaction with other age groups, things get UGLY. In senior facilities, the folks who still have their cognitive faculties are ruthless towards those who are starting to slip up. All the more reason why I will *never* move into a 55+ community, and I’m over 60.

    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   Jamie

    Is it weird that I look forward to that age in life. Where the most dramatic thing you have to worry about is who stole your seat in the dinning hall? And you can be old and mean and bitter to anyone and everyone, and they will just write it off as “being an old cranky woman”. Sounds like the perfect way to spend my golden years =))

    Mar 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Tom

      While I too would like the freedom of speaking my true mind 100% of the time, thus earning me the mean old man moniker…

      Just because you’re old shouldn’t give you free reign to stop trying to be a decent human being.

      Mar 15, 2013 at 11:32 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.2   kermit

      Personally, I think it’s weird to look forward to that kind of life. If I ever get to that point, I will instruct my friends to drop me on a deserted/abandoned island or sell me for parts because clearly I’ve lost all my marbles and simply shouldn’t live any more.

      Mar 16, 2013 at 9:58 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.3   kbee

      My hubby says the same kind of thing, where he can be the raunchy old fart chasing the nurses and acting like a dirty old man.

      I think part of it is a joke, but part of it is just the awful truth of old age: you get put into a home, and you’re falling apart physically and mentally. You do a lot of crap, just like a baby would, and you get away with it because you’re old and we’re taught to respect the elderly. You’re senile, so you didn’t know better. Or if you did, you’re old and eccentric. Common behavioral expectations don’t always apply to you anymore, and some reckon they may as well enjoy it. ;)

      So I agree with Tom, but yeah, I’m sure many of those old biddies engage in such behavior because they’ve, by nature of their age, ‘earned’ it. >.>

      Mar 17, 2013 at 11:28 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   downtonblabby

    Your other grandmother used to say that the older we get, the more like ourselves we become. Our filters fail us.

    Mar 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   Kim

    Newsflash! Seniors are dumb, shitty people!

    Mar 16, 2013 at 1:29 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   VM

      I have a feeling that, should you have the luck to get to be a senior yourself, you will amply confirm said stereotype.

      Mar 16, 2013 at 1:58 pm   rating: 20  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.2   nunavut guy

      I think Kim was referring to his\her parents.

      Mar 16, 2013 at 3:02 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.3   H for Toy

      Maybe Kim got confused because of the discussion about high school, and thinks we’re talking about those mean seniors who are always making fun of her in school.

      Mar 18, 2013 at 11:20 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   Jami

    Just have Rufus Sewell announce Bingo. Between his voice and his soul piercing eyes no one will even think of fighting.

    The real kicker – have Alan Rickman as his assistant.

    Mar 16, 2013 at 5:29 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   H for Toy

      Then you know the little old ladies will be fighting about who gets to sit closest to the caller’s table, and the men will be trying to get attention from their former “lady friends” and it’ll just be one big mess.

      Mar 18, 2013 at 11:19 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   Tard

    So I’m the only one who thought the letter was entertaining and humorous?

    Mar 16, 2013 at 8:25 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   redheadwglasses

      No, I agree with yoU!

      Mar 18, 2013 at 10:25 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   Ed Decatur

    Signs of the notewriter’s marginal literacy:
    Centered
    Font too small for old eyes
    Way, way too wordy
    Disrepectful tone
    “Everyone here is adults.”

    What else?

    I can’t imagine this note resulted in any behavior improvements.

    Mar 17, 2013 at 10:53 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   kbee

    I was wondering where the large print version was, for those of us with less-than-perfect eyes. Maybe it’s spread across 5 pages?

    Mar 17, 2013 at 11:29 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   Brian

    As people age, the part of the brain that acts as a “filter” deteriorates. So all of those things we think but don’t say in our 40s, we say out loud in our 70s.

    If my thoughts when I’m behind an idiot in line at the store are any indication…keep me away from Bingo. I might shank someone with my spork.

    Mar 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   rubimentary

    Did anyone else think the text actually looked like a fox? Really cute!

    Mar 19, 2013 at 11:12 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   The Elf

      Now that’s all I can see when I look at it. Much better, thank you!

      Mar 20, 2013 at 6:45 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     

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