September 12th, 2012 · 56 comments
I’ll start with the moral of the story first: “It just goes to show you that passive aggressive notes are funny but not effective.” That observation comes courtesy of Janell in San Francisco, who admits that she penned the following note after her third coffee mug went missing from the office kitchen.
Explains Janell: “While a lot of people commented on the note, my mug never appeared. After six months passed, my boss bought me an identical mug just so I would take the note down. A year later, one of my co-workers quit. We found the mug in his office.”
related: Justice, with a side of fries
extra credit: The Anti-Theft “Plug Mug”
FILED UNDER: anthropomorphism · kitchen · office · San Francisco · stealing
September 11th, 2012 · 44 comments
I never got around to it then, so I figured now was as good of a wibbly wobbly timey wimey as any to take a nostalgic look back at the best-loved notes of 2008. Which one is your favorite?
(Just click any of the images to see the original post with backstory and close-ups.)
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FILED UNDER: Most Popular Notes · most popular notes of 2008
September 10th, 2012 · 51 comments
Our anonymous submitter in Toronto spotted this note — one copy in the elevator, and three copies taped to a couch that had been left near the dumpster in the building’s parking lot.
Dear Sir: Your “behaiviour,” spelling, and poor understanding of evolutionary theory don’t suggest that you graduated at the top of your class, either.
related: Who says Canadians are nice?
extra credit: Humans are still evolving, scientists say
FILED UNDER: CAPS LOCK · more aggressive than passive · neighbors · Toronto
This is not a passive-aggressive note, this is not a joke — this is a public service announcement, brought to us by Sarah in Seattle.
(No, it’s not as crazy as this, but darn, those tomatoes are cute.)
related: To the tomato thief: YOU WIN
extra credit: Tomato thief, busted
FILED UNDER: anthropomorphism · flowers, trees, houseplants & gardens · Seattle
Travis in Minnesota says this note was dropped in his mailbox by some anonymous neighbor who had apparently been fixated on watching him build his backyard deck.
“I was surprised that anyone noticed, let alone went through the trouble to write a full-page complaint,” Travis says. “However, he’s right in that, as one person working on the occasional free night and on weekends, it did take me a full year to complete the project.”
Adds Travis: “I think the strangest part of the note is the challenge to my masculinity. I’m glad that someone finally told me that it’s more manly to pay for someone to do a job for you than to do it yourself. Here I was, all this time, thinking it was just the opposite. Boy, is my face red!”
P.S. If you’re curious, here’s a photo of the deck. I think it’s quite nice.
related: (Don’t Fear) The Creeper
FILED UNDER: crazypants · just an asshole · just kidding! · Minnesota · most popular notes of 2012 · neighbors · nonsensical spacing · signed with love · spelling and grammar police · unsolicited feedback · WTF? · your/you're
Writes Karin in Michigan: “I found this note taped on the window above the sink after I left a cup on the counter rather than putting it in the dishwasher. I guess my dad thought this approach would be easier than yelling.”
related: The Wrath of the Ancients
extra credit: This is how my son does the dishes [youtube.com]
FILED UNDER: dishes · dishwasher · FYI · Michigan · Moms & Dads · most popular notes of 2012
Margee in Missouri, who does not like to share her cookie dough, thought she’d found the one place in the fridge her kids wouldn’t think to look — inside the salad spinner. (“Apparently I underestimated my daughter,” she says.)
related: Daddy’s little smartass
FILED UNDER: food · fridge · Moms & Dads · sharing is caring
Recognizing its greatness, Kori in San Diego says her neighbor had this letter framed; it’s now held a place of honor in the garage for more than a decade.
(Just click the photo to enlarge.)
related: Some advice on holding a Garage Sale
FILED UNDER: garage sale · guilt trip · high on highlighter · San Diego · spelling and grammar police · unsolicited feedback
Samantha‘s note about her Kindle seems to have hit a nerve with many of you. As commenter ae wrote, “The ‘it’s MY Kindle you know’ line would have gotten me the “Oh, did you pay for it with your own money?’ line from my parents.”
Well, Lea in Los Angeles seems to come from that same school of parenting. When she and her husband found this demand stuck to the cereal box this morning, they decided to teach their daughter, Chela, a little lesson.
related: My evil Mom
FILED UNDER: cereal · kids · Moms & Dads · money · most popular notes of 2012 · oh snap · rebuttals · smiley
Our submitter passes along this bratty-but-pretty-much-toothless note written by her niece, Samantha. Explains our submitter: “Yellow Fang’s Secret is a book in the ‘Warrior’ series (about clans of cats). It isn’t actually going to be published until October.”
related: More not-so-threatening threats by kids
extra credit: “Why Are American Kids So Spoiled?” [newyorker.com]
FILED UNDER: kids · Mother-daughter notes · sad face