Entries Tagged as 'United States'

It’s not food, mister — it’s ice cream!

November 29th, 2007 · 100 Comments

Tourist traps have the best signs. More proof? This exercise in subtlety is from Provincetown, Mass., where it was spotted by intrepid vacationer Teresa from Boise.

Ice cream: apparently no longer a food

Exhibit b) is from Washington, D.C., in a store Sam says sold “all sorts of crap, from Nixon and Michael Jackson pins to African drums and sweaters.”

No Food No Drink No Smoking No Ice Cream

And in Las Vegas, even “the ice cream of the future” doesn’t get a special exemption.

But...it's the ice cream of the future!

Tags: beverages · blitzkrieg approach · Cape Cod · CAPS LOCK · D.C. · food · ice cream · Massachusetts · questionable logic · smoking · tourists

Just plane rude

November 28th, 2007 · 114 Comments

Writes Deanne: “Because Orlando prides itself on being a friendly city, we tend to do most of our dirty work via passive-aggressive notes and signs. This one is from the front door of a tacky tourist shop on international drive. I can get past the reference to ‘plane rude’ but the ‘Macdonalds’ analogy is a stretch.” (I’d add that characterizing this as a safety concern is a bit of a stretch too, but I think the amazing clip art and the hand-drawn smiley are what really push this one over the top.)

Please do not bring bags of the other store into our store. Besides for safety it is just plane rude. Would you bring a Burger King bag into the MacDonalds [sic]! Thank you very much!!

Adds Deanne: “I’ve never brought a Burger King bag into McDonald’s, but that’s not because of fast food etiquette, just lack of time. I did bring a Macy’s bag into a Sears store, and I’ve never felt the least bit guilty about it!”

Tags: clip art catastrophe · etiquette · exclamation-point happy!!!! · Florida · Orlando · questionable logic · retail hell · smiley · spelling and grammar police

I’ve got my eye on you

November 27th, 2007 · 135 Comments

Laura spotted this punchline of a note (“you know it’s time to move out when…”) at her apartment building in downtown Brooklyn. Or rather, her former apartment building. It’s unclear whether the note-leaver was motivated by recent research suggesting that pictures of eyes may deter crime.

Attn: To the Ass-hole who keeps breaking & entering this building to steal the locks off the doors, you will be caught.

Meanwhile, Kim in Worcester, Massachusetts spotted a convenience store taking a similarly whimsical approach to theft prevention.

Did you know? Stealing is a crime. When we catch you we will call the police and have you arrested. We are watching you and so are the camera's [sic]. Say cheese!

Tags: apostrophe abuse · Brooklyn · CAPS LOCK · excessive underlining · Massachusetts · more aggressive than passive · not-so-veiled threats · stealing · the po-po · Worcester

“No” questions asked

November 26th, 2007 · 122 Comments

I love how the notewriter quickly abandons the initial pretense here, then completely throws in the towel with the last line.

Will the people who "borrowed" our flower boxes (white flowers, dirt and all) please return them? No questions asked. :(  (Except - WHY???)

Thanks to Adam in San Francisco for spotting this masterpiece!

Tags: "accidental" "borrowing" · CAPS LOCK · confusion??? · flowers, trees, houseplants & gardens · sad face · San Francisco · stealing

What, no highlighting?

November 26th, 2007 · 107 Comments

Our anonymous submitter in Dearborn, Michigan spotted this gem in a women’s restroom at her office of “several hundred financial and information technology professionals” — perhaps the future workplace of a “trifling” young UC-Berkeley student?

Unbelievable. Someone washed their HAIR in this sink, DONOT use until the cleaning lady cleans IT!!! Brushing your teeth and washing your hands, is normal, washing your hair is just plain NASTY and trifling! I hate to see what your house looks like!

related: I think it’s going to be a long long time

Tags: bold underlined italics · CAPS LOCK · comma diarrhea · exclamation-point happy!!!! · hair · hygiene · Michigan · office

Apology denied

November 23rd, 2007 · 110 Comments

Our anonymous submitter in California was having some issues with her roommates not washing their dishes. “It got so bad that I picked up what I thought was a black bowl…only to find it was white and covered in ants,” she says. When asked to clean up after themselves, the roommates responded with a note calling her a bitch. Then came this one — accompanied by someone peeing in her shampoo.

Adds our submitter: “I moved out not too long after that.”

I don't owe you an apology. I suggest you stop whining and get over it.

related: This makes me want to scream

Tags: actions speak louder · California · dishes · excessive underlining · get over it · more aggressive than passive · piss · roommates · whiteboard

WoW, indeed.

November 22nd, 2007 · 64 Comments

You might think a hermit-like Warcraft addict would make the ideal roommate (no noisy sex, no hogging the remote…) but as this little piece of passive-aggressive gold demonstrates, there are some other issues to contend with. Like, say, the stench.

While I am happy for you, in that you have found new "friends" by play[ing] World of Warcraft, I am concerned

(From an anonymous submitter in Portland, Oregon.)

related: Let me help you out

Tags: "helpful" advice · CAPS LOCK · gaming · get a life · hygiene · odor · Portland · roommates

Do not kiss on someone else’s kiss

November 20th, 2007 · 238 Comments

Hannah saw this note on the window of a small toy store in downtown Sarasota, Florida. “They are really cool about it,” Hannah says,  ”but people still kiss the window.”

Note to whoever keeps leaving lip prints on our window: If you are in love with someone who works here, please let us know. We like love! You might be loved back. If you are random People who like blowing kisses at toys, please kiss a space below. Do not kiss on someone else's kiss, what you're doing is unsanitary enough as it is.

UPDATE: Jessica stopped by the same store recently (nearly two years later) and the sign is still up!

Note to whoever keeps leaving lip prints on our window: If you are in love with someone who works here, please let us know. We like love! You might be loved back. If you are random People who like blowing kisses at toys, please kiss a space below. Do not kiss on someone else's kiss, what you're doing is unsanitary enough as it is.

Tags: excessive underlining · Florida · irregular capitalization · Sarasota · that's unsanitary · WTF?

All I want is a room somewhere

November 19th, 2007 · 104 Comments

One loverly lady in Illinois found this note on the door of her dorm room after a long day of classes. (The identity of the note-leaver is still a mystery, as is the meaning of the phrase “dollar sign flower slams easily.”)

dear lovely ladies of this room: we appreciate and sympathize with the fact that your door is heavier than others & slams easily. However, we only request that you follow the campus policy of 24-hour courtesy and STOP SLAMMING so that all the rest of us can get the hours of sleep we need to stay as lovely as you. Many thanks, xoxo: the other ladies on your floor

Adds our submitter: “When we had our next floor meeting, I did the not-so-passive thing of calling out ‘whoever wrote the note,’ saying that we were trying our hardest to keep her ‘lovely.’”

related: We hear you, man

Tags: college life · door-slamming · excessive underlining · heart · Illinois · mean girls · signed with love · sleeping · thanks (but not really) · xoxo

Eats, shoots and leaves

November 18th, 2007 · 165 Comments

Joey in Pittsburgh spotted this one on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Now that’s the thanksgiving spirit!

that's the thanksgiving spirit

Meanwhile, a different version of this photo floating around shows what appears to be a copy-edited version. ain’t punctuation grand?

nosoul.jpg

Tags: college life · garbage · Pittsburgh · You call that punctuation? · you're like so going to hell