Here’s a trio of notes from California that each make me very uncomfortable…and not just because of the painful lack of irony.
First up: an excerpt from seating guidelines posted at the quaint little Mexican restaurant in Huntington Beach where Brynn used to waitress. So quaint, Brynn says, “They also posted a dress code rule that ladies must wear makeup and skirts could not be below the knee.”
Meanwhile, a little farther south, a construction worker left this note for James in San Diego…while he was parked in front of his own house.
And the last word goes to this bit of social commentary, which Jen spotted on the window of a soon-to-be-opened restaurant in San Francisco.
related: Je comprends…moi non plus
extra credit: ¡Ask a Mexican!® [ocweekly.com]
FILED UNDER: California · casual xenophobia · parking · restaurant · San Diego · your/you're
Spotted by doppelfrog at London’s Paddington station…
related: Water, water everywhere
FILED UNDER: "customer service" · London · rhetorical question · warning · water · whiteboard
Amanda in Fairhaven, Mass. recently took her sister-in-law in for an ultrasound appointment, and was a little frightened by this sign. (It was posted in three places, both inside and outside the restroom.)
related: Bun — er, pizza in the oven
FILED UNDER: bathroom · exclamation-point happy!!!! · Massachusetts · piss · preggers
This note represents pretty much everything about office culture that makes me cringe. Appropriately enough, I can’t even bring myself to call out the specifics — it’s just too overwhelming. (But the sign will always be there…every day, taunting me.)
FILED UNDER: alot · anthropomorphism · CAPS LOCK · fridge · inane cartoon · kinda creepy · mixed metaphors · most popular notes of 2008 · Say wha? · spelling and grammar police · U.K.
Dan spotted this triple-bonus-score of a note at the desk of a receptionist in MTV’s New York office. The craziest part, he says? “She leaves it up there all the time, just in case she calls in sick. It’s just up there, all day, in her face, reaffirming her violent disapproval for people invading her personal space.”
related: where angels fear to spit
FILED UNDER: bold-underlined-caps · exclamation-point happy!!!! · overzealous secretary · touching
World-renowned troublemaker Troy McClure forwards this e-mail from his department’s secretary in Sydney, Australia.
No big deal, you say? Take a second look at the addressee list. (Yes, JONATHAN, I’m talking to you.)
related: Just in case you didn’t catch the sarcasm
FILED UNDER: "accidental" "borrowing" · dishes · message to all intended for one · overzealous secretary · Sydney
While you were drunk-texting your latest Eugene Mirman sighting to all your pals, more industrious folk like Bryan from Minneapolis, Betsy from L.A., and Adele from Montreal were documenting the comedic gold being served up by Austin bartenders.
related: Reporting not-exactly-live from SXSW
FILED UNDER: Austin · bar · money · most popular notes of 2008 · tipping
Writes an anonymous New Yorker: “Our neighbors hate us because we are the youngest in the building. Thus, any malfunction that occurs in the building results in notes directed towards us. And yes, this note was a follow-up to another note (seen at left) also directed at us.”
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, kids!
related: infinite note project
FILED UNDER: "helpful" advice · a little patronizing · kids today · neighbors · New York · opening/closing
Before I pass out, I bring you a few of my favorite more-aggressive-than-passive notes from the music clubs of Austin.
First, from Scoot Inn…
More bouncer sass from (I think) Beerland…
And lastly, from Emo’s…
related: I used to be your biggest fan
FILED UNDER: Austin · ice · money
After a minor breakout, Matt in Toronto “borrowed” his roommate’s Clinique cleanser…and then forgot to put it back where he found it. His (admirably direct) roommate asked if he’d mind not using her Clinique products again in the future, seeing as it was, you know, pretty expensive and not that big of a container. “No problem,” Matt said. Crisis averted!
That is, until last week, when Matt ran out of his own face wash. Instead, he used his roommate’s (again) and then forgot to put it back where he found it (again). The next day, when Matt went to use her cleanser again (after forgetting to stop at the store to buy his own) he found this little Clinique bonus.
Matt’s mea culpa, such as it is: “I shouldn’t have been using her products in the first place, especially after she asked me the first time. I’ll just make sure I never run out of anything ever again!”
related: Is nothing sacred?
FILED UNDER: "accidental" "borrowing" · actually totally reasonable · bathroom · hygiene · roommates · thx · Toronto