But…but…I’m late for bingo!

September 11th, 2014 · 41 comments

Zee spotted this warning in the basement parking garage of her small senior citizens‘ building in Indiana, where, she says, “a few of the residents prefer posting anonymous notes to dealing with their issues directly.”


…and other residents, not so much.

If you know their name, why not talk to them directly - or to the board - instead of leaving a passive-aggressive note?

related: That means you, young man in the blue Subaru!!

FILED UNDER: driving · Indiana · old folks · rebuttals · you know who you are

41 responses so far ↓

  • #1   H for Toy

    The Elf told me that passive-aggressive notes were the best approach. Something about getting her through the work day?

    Sep 11, 2014 at 9:39 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   The Elf

      No, no, those were aggressive-aggressive notes. And I don’t post them for others to see. They’re just for me, to nurse the hatred in my bosom. Forever.

      Sep 11, 2014 at 11:09 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   Lil'

    OH NO! Please don’t publish my name! Anything but that!

    Sep 11, 2014 at 10:43 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   underwatervulcan

    If Slow Down Speed is 10, what is Hurry the Fuck Up Speed?
    I want my name put down as the fastest and I want it done this time. What good is holding the record if you keep it a secret?

    Sep 11, 2014 at 12:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Lita bang

      Hurry the Fuck Up Speed is clearly 69. And my mind is clearly that of a twelve-year old boy today.

      Sep 11, 2014 at 1:44 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   The Elf

      But only for 3 minutes.

      Sep 11, 2014 at 1:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.3   dragon bang

      No, no, no Lita! Hurry the Fuck Up Speed is 68. At 69 you have to stop and turn around.

      Sep 12, 2014 at 7:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.4   Lita bang

      Drat! You’re right! It completely slipped my mind.

      Sep 12, 2014 at 12:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.5   Tesselara

      I clearly also have the mind of a 12 year old. hee! funny comments!

      Sep 15, 2014 at 10:07 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   Ahava

    That’s some purty looking “S” letters in that there note….

    Sep 11, 2014 at 1:28 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   The Elf

      Slow down and smell the serifs.

      Sep 11, 2014 at 1:57 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   Lita bang

      I shot the serif.

      Sep 11, 2014 at 5:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.3   The Elf

      But I didn’t shoot the dragging E.

      Sep 12, 2014 at 10:50 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   Lita bang

    The trailing tails on the H and E are bothering me.

    Sep 11, 2014 at 1:45 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   pooham

      This is the handwriting of a disturbed mind.

      Sep 12, 2014 at 2:36 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   Lita bang

      But it looks nothing like my handwri–oh, you didn’t mean my type of disturbed mind…

      Sep 12, 2014 at 4:01 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.3   FeRD bang

      Assail not the trailing tails! Derail your wails, lest fails prevail.

      Sep 13, 2014 at 10:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.4   The Elf

      It doesn’t have enough puns to be you, Lita. But if I ever see a PAN riddled with puns……

      Sep 15, 2014 at 8:08 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   Jami

    You know, when I get to be old enough to live in a senior home, I’m not going to be all PA. I’m going to scream and rant and tell people to slow the fuck down. Cause I’ll be old and I can get away with it and anyway, I’ll be near death anyway so why should I care if I piss people off?

    Sep 11, 2014 at 3:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   underwatervulcan

      Because they have keys to the drug cabinet.

      Sep 11, 2014 at 3:34 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   JoDa

      Do it now, it’s loads of fun. I’ve screamed so loudly at people who cut me off in a crosswalk that they’ve turned around to “have a word with me” (usually something along the lines of “that wasn’t called for”). Their mistake…very BIG mistake.

      Sep 11, 2014 at 9:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.3   Jami

      I honked at a guy who ran across the street in front of me – jaywalking, or jayrunning actually as he was 15 feet away from the crosswalk – while I had the right of away, he turned around and tried to come at the car with his fist raised.

      Actually, I DO tell people off now. Outside of work. Inside of work I have to keep my mouth shut or get fired.

      However I found out recently my old manager was wrong. We CAN speak up and even report patrons who sexually harass us. She told me we had to “just ignore it and continue to serve them.” So at least there’s that.

      Sep 12, 2014 at 1:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.4   Librarian at Large

      Oh, yeah, don’t wait until you’re elderly to start yelling at people. Do it now! If you’re lucky, they’ll think you’re crazy and not want to mess with you. My favored targets are bicyclists running red lights/crosswalks.
      Of course to some people, I *am* already elderly.

      Sep 12, 2014 at 10:20 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.5   FeRD bang

      We have one such go-getter living in my neighborhood, somewhere in a 20-30 story development a few blocks away. (I’ve never been able to figure out which apartment.) At least once a month I guess she goes off her meds, or whatever. So she spends the entire night shrieking some unintelligible monologue out an open window, loud enough to be heard from anywhere in a 2-block radius of the building.

      If the intent is to piss people off and engender ill-will towards her, Mission Accomplished.

      Sep 13, 2014 at 11:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.6   Jami

      Well, I’m not like that, Ferd. I am the kind who yells at bike riders “You’re suppose to STOP at STOP signs, moron!” and at parents who’s kids are running around “Control your brat” or if they bring them to a movie and the kid is running up and down the aisles or crying or what have you “Get your brat out of here!”

      I’ve even told a few kids who have parents who refuse to control them that they need to be spanked. Oddly, that’s never gotten me threatened by a parent. Instead they get so embarrassed they leave.

      Sep 14, 2014 at 1:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.7   Jami

      Oh, and before anyone says anything – it’s ALWAYS a case of the parents refusing to control a child. I don’t say anything to parents who are trying but failing. But the parents who honestly think that it’s wrong to tell a child no, to tell them to behave themselves in a store, or that it’s okay to bring a 3 year old to Lord Of The Rings or that they should stand there watching the last 15 minutes of Pirates while their ten year old repeatedly shouts “It’s the MIDDLE of the movie!”

      Sep 14, 2014 at 1:43 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.8   L

      Agreed about parents not controlling their children.

      Although studies show that spanking can lead to increase agression, antisocial behaviour and increase mental health problems for kids. Doesn’t work, either. The worst behaved kid I ever met was spanked and nothing else.

      Sep 14, 2014 at 5:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.9   JoDa

      Ah, yes…of course it’s usually the scofflaw cyclists and pedestrians getting in the way of perfectly law-abiding motorists. I and other completely sane people who are just trying to get to work alive often run out in front of cars when we don’t have the right-of-way because it’s incredibly fun and we have zero self-preservation instinct. My bad…

      Sep 14, 2014 at 9:59 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.10   poopypants

      JoDa, mosey your way through Eugene, OR sometime. You can give Portland a go as well I’m sure, but I don’t know as much about it.

      In Eugene cyclists are obnoxious and frequently break traffic laws. I have been both a cyclist, driver, and pedestrian and it’s just obnoxious how they act. I’ve had cyclists wave their arms at my windshield because I was in my lane where I belong and they were getting too close to the outside, so it’s clearly my fault. I’ve had them try and force me off the sidewalk when there are TWO bike lanes on a single car lane street. There are many good cyclists, it’s true. But many are also just self-entitled and think that normal rules don’t apply to them.

      Sep 14, 2014 at 10:28 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.11   The Elf

      JoDa, there’s two sides to that debate. I’ve been the pedestrian just trying to cross the street alive. In a crosswalk! With the walk signal! And I’ve been the motorist with a green light as someone just dashes out in front of me. And then I’ve gone walking with my friend who ignores such niceties crosswalks and stoplights and dares people to hit him, saying such gems as “I’ll get ‘em in a lawsuit”. Yeah, if you survive. And I’m sure that lawsuit is going to comfort you in your wheelchair.

      There are assholes in every mode of transportation.

      Sep 15, 2014 at 8:12 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.12   assiveProgressive

      If I’m not allowed to sexually harass librarians anymore, I don’t want to live in this country.

      Sep 15, 2014 at 7:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.13   Jami

      L – If spanked was all that was done, then yeah, it won’t work. But if it’s used as an absolute last resort it works. You try other punishments first and then when those don’t work, a spanking.

      JoDa – I’ve never had a ticket, I’ve never had an accident, I never speed, I always give right of way.

      I have pedestrians run in front of me. Bike riders go through a stop sign even when I’m halfway through the intersection and I have to slam on my brakes so not to kill them. Other drivers turn left in front of me when I’m going straight and have the right of way. Etc. It’s like I’m invisible.

      Assive – Library clerk, not a librarian. But seriously, we’ve had patrons comment on the breasts of my coworkers. People have tried to get me to have a baby – right down to offering me the names of fertility clinics! (I’m so looking forward to informing one of them someday that I had a hysterectomy.) One patron called one of the librarians fat and told her to drink this special drink to get rid of her belly. It sucks.

      Sep 16, 2014 at 10:18 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.14   JoDa

      It’s not all drivers, but it’s not most cyclists or pedestrians, either. It’s called a negativity bias. You see the one idiot who runs the stop sign or dashes out against the light, but not the 10 other pedestrians/cyclists stopped and waiting patiently. Numerous studies have shown this phenomenon.

      However, the drivers often get more traction in the public conscious. Just today, the Washington Post published a whiney op-ed where a regular columnist complained that he got tickets for – gasp – actually breaking the law. They actually published it. But I highly doubt they’d publish my account of almost being run over twice today. Once when I crossed at an intersection with marked crosswalks and two signs telling drivers to stop for pedestrians (in that case, she blared the horn at me without slowing down, and I did what any rational person would do and jumped the fuck out of the way) and once when I started to cross after the light changed and the approaching driver was so concerned about looking over his other shoulder to see if he could beat the oncoming traffic to make his right on red that he neither saw me nor made even the barest of attempts at stopping at the red light before charging around the corner. Of course, since WaPo actually still *prints* their paper, I’d probably cost them a million dollars in ink, since I could write similar columns every single week or more.

      Sep 16, 2014 at 8:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.15   schmootc

      As someone who lives in PDX, I can report that things are as bad as JoDa says here too. Not long ago, I was turning right from one one-way street onto another and had a cyclist run into me (not the other way around) because he was going the wrong way on the one-way street. And he seemed very angry about it – the cyclists are always perfect/self-righteous and the drivers are always/always wrong. Never mind he was the one breaking the law. If I see a cyclist actually stop at a light and wait for it to turn green, I’m surprised. It’s much more common to see them sail on through.

      Sep 17, 2014 at 4:59 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.16   schmootc

      My bad, that should have read poopypants, not JoDa!

      Sep 17, 2014 at 5:03 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   pinoy

    Respect for the senior citizens

    Sep 11, 2014 at 8:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   deprogrammed

    Everyone in the complex should have turned themselves in. The missing person would be the notewriter, who would promptly be identified by all as the one they were trying to protect. That way, s/he would be fined, thus doubling his/her disdain.

    Sep 11, 2014 at 9:59 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   Kasaba

    I’ve twice narrowly avoided being totalled by people on mobility scooters this week. If you’re using the side walk with pedestrians, you shouldn’t really being going quicker than one can reasonably walk. My opinion.

    Sep 12, 2014 at 9:36 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   RedDelicious

    Those Rascals can do some damage.
    Personally, it just seems like jealousy to me. My rascal is faster than your rascal and you’re jealous so you want to have arbitrary rules enforced and publish my name somewhere. Where, in the community newsletter? Shit, then by all means, publish it!

    Sep 13, 2014 at 2:15 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   The Elf

      I think, when I get old, I’m going to ride a Rascal wearing mismatched worn-thin clothes. I’ll put booze in my coffee cup and take it with me. I’ll go full speed ahead, whacking people with my cane who don’t get out of my way. And if they are really stubborn, I’ll throw a cat at them. I plan to have several dozen, so I can spare a few.

      Something to look forward too, anyway.

      Sep 15, 2014 at 11:14 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   RedDelicious

      I really just like the idea of throwing cats at people from a Rascal for no reason. Not even because I’m angry. Especially when I’m angry, but sometimes just for the hell of it. Brilliant.

      Sep 16, 2014 at 1:20 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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