Both of these signs would have gotten their points across perfectly well in just a few words…but the true passive-aggressive always knows how to convey his or her true meaning with just one more choice phrase.
Exhibit a) from Paula in Logan, Utah:
Exhibit b) spotted by my pal Brooke in Savannah, Georgia:
related: That means you, Edith
FILED UNDER: flowers, trees, houseplants & gardens · lOWERCASE l · old folks · pleasantries as afterthought · Savannah · Utah
Earlier this year, Emma in California was sharing a kitchen with three other girls. one day, out of the blue, one of her roommates posted this note. (Warning: prepare to reexamine any preconceptions you may have about Mormons, straight-edgers, and college-aged women in general.)
By the next morning, Wmma says, the note was promptly defaced, but Pam didn’t respond until about a week or so later, when she announced she was moving out. Apparently, she was saving it all up for her final missive. (Side note to God: While Pam may have a filthy mouth, she did censor herself from taking your name in vain!)
related: Losing lisa
extra credit: summer heights high [youtube]
FILED UNDER: cleaning · college life · God · mean girls · roommates · saga · sex sex sex · signed with love · thanks (but not really) · you know who you are
Casey in Human Resources may have moved on, but not to worry — Thx Sandra is here to solve our global climate crysis!
related: It takes a “genius”
FILED UNDER: anthropomorphism · CAPS LOCK · clip art catastrophe · energy usage · exclamation-point happy!!!! · garbage · recycling · San Diego · spelling and grammar police · temperature · The Earth · thx
Our submitter, B., was shopping at a shoe store in San Francisco when she realized she really needed to use the facilities. Although there was no public restroom in sight, she did spy the familiar infographic just beyond a doorway marked “employees only.” When she ducked inside, B. was greeted by this sublimely creepy warning from management[!].
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s boss at the La Quinta in Perrysburg, Ohio managed to dial up the creepy just a smidge more.
Apparently disatisfied with the staff’s response to her frequent written notes, the hotel manager brought in this doll — which chelsea says “looked exactly like her” — to do the job instead. (Er, so to speak.)
related: So many questions
FILED UNDER: big brother-ish · crazy boss · now that's management · Ohio · retail hell · San Francisco
Joe Six-Pack in San Francisco never actually got this note, because our own passive-aggressive pit bull secondsout swiped it from under his windshield wiper. Again, my understanding is that he recused himself, but I don’t want to talk about that: I’d like to talk about energy.
And also, too, under the umbrella of job creation, therefore:
related: Herbie goes to Washington
FILED UNDER: parking · politics · San Francisco
Meg’s uncanny curatorial ability to uncover the silver lining in any situation was woefully under-appreciated at her last job, but even her former coworkers had to admit that this farewell e-mail was an impressive excavation of meg’s latent passive-aggressive tendencies.
Hi all, Due to Museum restructuring, my position has been terminated today. After seeing five other staff members voluntary departures from the Museum recently. I know this change is a step in the right direction for me. On to bigger, better galleries and museums with organized management and high-paying salaries!!! It has been a pleasure working with some of you more than others (you know who you are)! Cheers, Meg
related: This shit is bananas
FILED UNDER: all-staff e-mail · cheers · farewell letter · fired · you know who you are
Need another sign we’re officially in a recession? How ’bout three?
related: “No” questions asked
FILED UNDER: "accidental" "borrowing" · bicycle · California · excessive underlining · neighbors · San Francisco · smiley · thx
Our anonymous submitter reports that a certain less-than-collegial colleague had the gall to dash off this note while the perfume-wearer in question was standing at the photocopier less than five feet away. And, our submitter adds: “She did not attempt at all to disguise her handwriting.”
related: Fight or flight
FILED UNDER: California · CAPS LOCK · exclamation-point happy!!!! · more aggressive than passive · odor · office · oh no you didn't
Like so many passive-aggressive notewriters, the author of this note — which Sarah in Brockton, Mass. says was posted in the elevator, front hallway, back hallway and the mailroom of her building after a particularly rowdy Friday — just can’t seem to fully commit to sarcasm as a rhetorical technique.
(You know, because otherwise people might not get it!!!)
related: Just in case you didn’t catch the sarcasm…
FILED UNDER: Massachusetts · neighbors · noise · thanks (but not really)
Found on the street by Joe in Somerville, Mass…
related: Oh, the irony
FILED UNDER: CAPS LOCK · meta · Somerville · spelling and grammar police