“Informing the building landlord about a sticky tap would probably have been a more sensible move than guilt-tripping the female staff into feeling responsible for global water shortages,” notes Rayya in Canterbury, Kent.
But it doesn’t end there. Says Rayya, “Not only are we responsible for global water shortages , but we’re breaking people’s limbs!”
FILED UNDER: bathroom · CAPS LOCK · danger · guilt trip · office · The Earth · U.K. · water
Amy in Seattle says her favorite part of the note is the children (Please, think of the children!) but I was most impressed by the use of both “being effected” and “being impacted” in a single sentence. Those loud, “vulgar-related” noises might, in fact, be the sound of English teachers around the world crying out in agony.
Then there’s this one, from William over at lowercase l. It was slipped into his mailbox in Brooklyn by a neighbor several years (and girlfriends) ago. considering the awkwardness of the situation, I find it’s actually quite civil. It’s interesting, though, how people feel the need to give elaborate, vaguely scientific justifications (the acoustical properties of the windows, REM sleep) for why they don’t want to hear you getting it on.
FILED UNDER: Brooklyn · neighbors · Seattle · sex sex sex · spelling and grammar police
This note comes to us from an archaeological dig in the U.K. (Roman Silchester, to be precise), where our submitter says the planning team was quite worried about the writing instruments going the way of Ancient Rome.
FILED UNDER: stealing · U.K.
By popular demand, Ellen in Acton, Mass. has sent in a photo of the note that appeared next to the one about spitting in the water fountain on her gym’s suggestion board…
The original “no spitting” note has since been taken down, Ellen says. “In its place was one saying that people should stop focusing on the negative since the gym and the staff were really quite good.”
Since then, she adds, “O have not noticed any lugies in the drinking fountain. Progress?”
FILED UNDER: excessive underlining · gym · Massachusetts · odor
I’m just gonna let Ben from D.C. set this one up:
Last October, I moved from one apartment to another on fairly short notice. The kid I found on Craigslist to take my spot really wanted to move in a few days early, which was incredibly inconvenient for me. However, I agreed, so I spent most of Halloween weekend moving my stuff out. The one thing I couldn’t move was my futon, because it wouldn’t fit on top of my car. I figured he’d give me a little leeway though, since I’d done him a favor, and I came back to pick it up November 10. A week later I came home to find this amazing passive-aggressive e-mail from him:
FILED UNDER: a little uptight · Craigslist · D.C. · e-mail · money · moving/not moving · spelling and grammar police
Ellen in Acton, Mass. spotted this on the suggestion board at her gym.
At least they don’t have a Mad Bomber on the loose…yet.
FILED UNDER: group bitchfest · gym · Massachusetts · oh snap · spitting
“Apparently our growing satellite office has some food thieves,” says an anonymous submitter in Ontario.
FILED UNDER: Canada · e-mail · food · office · office fridge · Ontario · reverse psychology · sarcasm · stealing
Back in 2006, Austin in London didn’t feel like confronting his roommate about the masses of hair that were clogging the bathroom sink. Instead, he wrote him this special poem.
Adds Austin: “My roommate never actually said anything about the note, but he did clean the drain out by the time I’d arived home…so I assume he got the message.”
FILED UNDER: all clogged up · bathroom · London · pure poetry · roommates
Justin in Winston-Salem, N.C. spotted this classic mom note on the fridge at his friends’ house — with a bonus roommate note, to boot!
Says Justin: “I love the magnet — not sure if it’s supposed to be a letter grade or not, but I prefer to think that it is. If they get an F, I’d get a negative B or so.”
(Wings, corn dogs, taquitos AND mac & cheese? Ah, college.)
FILED UNDER: cleaning · college life · exclamation-point happy!!!! · food · Moms & Dads · North Carolina · roommates · signed with love · smiley · spelling and grammar police
Exhibit a) submitted by an anonymous bystander at a lunch counter in Oregon Caves National Park:
Exhibit b) submitted by Patrick in Kansas City, Missouri, who explains: “My friends Chris and Katie had a rude waitress a few weeks ago. In order to tell the waitress that there was indeed a reason she wasn’t getting a tip, Chris left this little note where the tip would ordinarily go.”
Though I can certainly empathize, as a former food service industry worker I just can’t condone not leaving a tip. (I’m guessing there are a lot of you, however, who’d disagree.)
related: passive-aggressive linkage
FILED UNDER: actions speak louder · excessive underlining · Kansas City · Missouri · most popular notes of 2007 · Oregon · restaurant · tipping