Entries Tagged as 'public shaming'
September 18th, 2011 · 36 Comments
David spotted this oh-so-charming scene while cycling through the well-to-do area of Hampstead, London.
Adds David: “The completely knackered fence is in front of an overgrown plot and right next door to a well looked-after house (possibly owned by old folk who are convinced the neighbourhood has gone to ruin.”)
Meanwhile, Alison was a bit perplexed by this note (and the seemingly undisturbed hedge below) in West Hampstead. “I stared at the hedge for ages trying to work out what was wrong with it,” she says. “Finally I just took a picture and ran away.”
related: An eye for an eye, an eyesore for an eyesore
extra credit: An American’s Guide to Britishisms [effingpot.com]
Tags: flowers, trees, houseplants & gardens · London · public shaming · there goes the neighborhood · vandalism
While vacationing in Ireland in May, Morgan and her husband ate at a new restaurant in the village of Durrus, in County Cork. “By the next morning,” she says, “the whole town was talking about the ‘gift’ left in the parking spots out front.”
related: You lied to me, Mr. Lundegaard.
Tags: Ireland · money · public shaming
Kelly in Halifax was on her way to the bus terminal when a note in the window of a small souvenir shop caught her eye. A few days later, she spotted an update, too.
(And no, the black bars weren’t present in the original photos.)
related: Well, that’s one way to get your landlord’s attention.
Tags: Canada · Halifax · public shaming · retail hell · stealing
Mim decided to take a back road to a friend’s house in Wisconsin when she spotted this sign in someone’s front yard — presumably, she says, a reaction to the two large silos that were recently erected in the corn field across the road.
related: Roadside intervention
Tags: neighbors · public shaming · small town living · Wisconsin
Janine in Astoria was at a stoplight next to a Q69 bus stop in Queens when she noticed signs reading “TONY Q69″ taped all over the outside and inside of the bus shelter. “I made my boyfriend pull over so I could read it,” she says — and got a photo, so she could share Tony Q69′s shameful story with the rest of the world.
UPDATE: Greg in Astoria has spotted another note to Tony Q69…
As has Adam…
UPDATE: The Tony Q-69 Saga Continues!
Tags: ex drama · excessive capitalization · exclamation-point happy!!!! · public shaming · public transit · Queens
This indignant note nearly made Mike [sic] with laughter when he saw it posted in the lobby of his apartment building in Surrey, B.C.
(Oh, those Canadians — so hilarious! Even when they’re not trying to be!)
related: A note from Dirty Lady #2
Tags: bold-underlined-caps · exclamation-point happy!!!! · garbage · grow up · hygiene · neighbors · odor · public shaming · spelling and grammar police
But you were just providing a valuable public service to potential tenants, right? Nothing passive-aggressive about that!
(Thanks to Nina in Raleigh, North Carolina and Greta in Alexandria, Virginia for their submissions!)
related: You lied to me, Mr. Lundegaard.
Tags: landlords and property managers · most popular notes of 2011 · public shaming
So, has holiday time with your family got you reachin’ for the nearest bottle of Mad Dog yet? No? Well, then allow us here at PAN to help bring you back to the depressing world of real life.
Janet spotted this display by the side of the road in her “very small-town community” in Virginia. “I’m sure this person is known by some who will see the sign — maybe even the local sheriff,” she says. “At first I laughed, but then I thought it was just sad.”
related: Won’t somebody think o’ the ’possums?
Tags: actually totally reasonable · driving · drizzunk · garbage · public shaming · small town living · Virginia
Writes Josh in St. Louis: “In our university’s paper, during the first semester, parents can send in notes for their kids away at college to read. Most parents put something sweet, happy, and uplifting — ‘We love you, good luck, hope you’re well,’ that kind of thing.” Josh’s parents, meanwhile…
related: No money, no trophy
Tags: college life · Moms & Dads · money · newspaper · public shaming · pure poetry · St. Louis
Exhibit a) Spotted at a laundromat in Silver Lake by Jessica in Los Angeles…
Exhibit b) From Ronnie’s Diner, also in LA.., by Valerie:
Exhibit c) From Barnacle Bill’s in Sarasota, Florida:
Exhibit d) From, as Miranda explains, ” the local ‘community thrift store’ in Dahlonega, Georgia, where everything is donated, and all the people who work there…are volunteers. Raising the prices to compensate for the volunteers’ efforts? Makes TONS of sense to me!”
But (because the decision had to be made) I would say that this final note — spotted by Rusty at a B&B in Newfoundland — is my absolute favorite.
related: When you can’t blame the dog
Tags: "customer service" · CAPS LOCK · confusion??? · excessive underlining · high on highlighter · laundry · passive voice · public shaming