In evidence here, a key element of the passive-aggressive lexicon —and one of the many elevated to catchphrase status by Mike Judge.
This example comes from Peter (no, not that Peter), who has since escaped roommate living but offers these words of wisdom for those of us who haven’t: “Never trust anyone who uses post-it notes at home.”
related: Too many
FILED UNDER: food · roommates · royal we
From William, who notes: “Sadly, management thought this was too severe, so it was replaced with a long whiny treatise on coffee etiquette.”
related: A coffee-maker flowchart
FILED UNDER: coffee · Comic Sans Alert · etiquette · office
The visual aid here is genius, and I love the piggyback note. (Once two people join in, the whole thing has a tendency to spiral out of control into a massive anonymous bitchfest.)
Spotted by Steve.
UPDATE: the sign-maker writes in to claim his handiwork! Oliver explains:
I was horrified at this state, but I also did not want to be labeled as the person that left the toilet in this state. I wanted to clean up the mess but then how would I communicate my disgust to the unknown person that actually did it? So this was my solution. Document the offense including time found and then clean up.
Like I said: genius.
FILED UNDER: "helpful" advice · bathroom · office · toilet
From Giovanni: a classic example of the “office fridge” sub-genre.
FILED UNDER: excessive underlining · food · office · office fridge · pleasantries as afterthought · touching
I agree with Amy: “EST” is what really makes this one.
FILED UNDER: college life · excessive underlining · Michigan · noise
The latest in a series previously documented here and here…right across the street from my Park Slope apartment.
Update: Another one!
related: The Pooper Stooper
FILED UNDER: dogs · neighbors · Park Slope · shit · smiley
There’s something so wildly theatrical about this sign, spotted in Gowanus, Brooklyn. I wouldn’t be surprised if it burst into song.
FILED UNDER: Brooklyn · garbage · landlords and property managers · neighbors
Slipped under our door by the downstairs neighbors.
(Guilty as charged.)
related: Seriously…Sugar Ray?
FILED UNDER: Brooklyn · music · neighbors · noise · not-so-veiled threats · Park Slope · the po-po
At first glace, this notice — from an auto shop somewhere between New York and Atlantic City — doesn’t seem to fit the criteria for a passive-aggressive note (observe the absence of faux niceties like “please” or “thanks!!!”), but the pseudo-helpful clarification (“this means pants + shirts as a single unit…”) helps inch it just over the line.
FILED UNDER: "helpful" advice · attire · New Jersey · obnoxious definition · office · whiteboard
This card came with a box of homemade mandelbrot from my very own passive-aggressive Jewish grandmother.
FILED UNDER: "helpful" advice · exclamation-point happy!!!! · food · Grandma · hey fatty