July 3rd, 2007 · 42 comments

Tim is the night auditor at a hotel in Fort Smith, Arkansas and hardly ever sees his bosses. Instead, they communicate with him through charming memos like this one.

I know its confusing, but you have to translate the ancient characters

FILED UNDER: a little patronizing · Arkansas · exclamation-point happy!!!! · high on highlighter · now that's management · sarcasm · spelling and grammar police

42 responses so far ↓

  • #1   KevPod

    From the look of the penmanship, they’re bookkeeper is a 13-year-old girl.

    Jul 3, 2007 at 5:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   Ingrid

    I did not know Paris Hilton worked at that particular hotel.

    Jul 3, 2007 at 6:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   tim

      ironically, we are a part of the hilton chain…

      Mar 16, 2008 at 8:43 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   tellos

    at least there is some nice colors yellow and black…

    Jul 3, 2007 at 6:13 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   Liz

    Oh, it’s petty alright…

    Jul 3, 2007 at 9:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   Heather

    That looks like “girl” handwriting, at the risk of sounding completely sexist. What a b*tch: “ancient characters”. Tim? I hope you’ve got your markers and Sharpie ready, ‘cuz if I were you, I’d be declaring a Petty Cash WAR here!

    Jul 3, 2007 at 10:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   Beppo

    I know a lot of grown women who are as petty and vindictive as the average 13 year-old girl. If I were Tim, I would just start using the right slips. You’re not going to win a war against someone who a) is your boss and b) has the emotional maturity of a teenage girl. You will, however, get your ass fired which may or may not be a good thing, depending on how you feel about your job.
    Of course, that’s easy for me to say, sitting here at my computer. If I had been the recipient of that note I probably would have completely Hulked out.

    Jul 4, 2007 at 4:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   Caclark4

    I think you would be justified to just write “petty cash” above the “passenger reciept” line. I would use a black sharpie, punctuated with a little yellow highlighter and a smiley face for effect.

    Jul 4, 2007 at 5:51 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   S.S.

    Tim, you should make them feel ashamed for their stupid immature behavior. Go to this individual and act politely *puzzled* about the note, and ask them (more like tell them) to come to you when they need something fixed instead of leaving crappy little notes like this. Explain how mature people usually resolve problems by talking instead.

    Then watch the color rise in your bosses face while you walk away.

    Hell yeah.

    Jul 4, 2007 at 6:52 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   Obstreperous B

    Sorry, as someone who has actually been responsible for keeping the petty cash straight, I’m with Team Petty Cash all the way. Goofy handwriting notwithstanding, it’s not unreasonable to expect employees to be responsible when handing company funds. And I’d rather get this note than a face-to-face lecture from the boss any day.

    Jul 4, 2007 at 7:05 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   Mitsu

    Why couldn’t the boss just tell Tim to his face, instead of doing this? It would be much less demeaning to the recipient!

    Jul 4, 2007 at 7:57 am   rating: 91  small thumbs up

  • #11   ALA

    I’m with S.S. This woman has obviously never managed people before and the power (I use that term loosely) has gone to her head. She should be shamed into contrition and desperately needs a lesson regarding treatment of employees. Even if she has approached Tim about this issue before—given the tone of the note, I would hope that the petty cash thing is an ongoing issue with the staff and her frustration just boiled over onto our pal Tim—this note is completely over the line of acceptable managerial behavior. Team Tim, all the way!

    Jul 4, 2007 at 8:00 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Cat Skyfire

    I’m more for Team Petty Cash. It must be frustrating when, time and time again, people use the wrong forms. It makes keeping track of things a nightmare. And I could see being irritated if it only happened once, but it’s likely happened a lot.

    mind you, her note is dumb, but whomever has trouble reading ‘petty cash’ is also dumb.

    Jul 4, 2007 at 11:56 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   Sigh

    As someone who has to handle accounts stuff at work, I say go Team Petty Cash. I issue notes like this on almost daily basis, after discussing it face to face. It’s now at the point where I refuse to reimburse expense claims if they don’t fill out the form properly.

    Not to mention, we get audited on a regular basis at work and if things aren’t 100% correct, we get in trouble for it. Employees should just follow the damn procedure

    Jul 4, 2007 at 3:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   BoggyWoggy

    I honestly hate these people.

    Jul 5, 2007 at 12:25 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   HotMom

    I’d slap my boss with this P-E-T-T-Y CASH slip and walk away. Who do they think they are?

    Hey boss (with 15 year-old girl handwriting), why don’t you dispose of the old petty cash slips and replace them with the new ones?
    Please do your job so I can do mine. Thank you.


    Jul 5, 2007 at 5:41 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   Crysilla

    Post 15 FTW!!

    In a few posts it seems some people are assuming Tim has used the wrong slips more than once. We don’t know that he has. Also, if those were the old correct slips still in the building the old slips need to be destroyed. Love it when bosses don’t do their jobs and blame the little people.

    Team Tim all the way!

    Jul 5, 2007 at 7:05 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   rupert

    A petty cash slip is a record of the cash you *took*, receipts are what you spent, and in between is the cash you pocketed.

    Team Petty Cash

    Jul 5, 2007 at 7:16 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Total Douche bang

      It looks to me that the money was SPENT on a cab. (not to be a douche, or anything)

      Mar 13, 2008 at 9:34 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #18   FXS mom

    lmao….must work with hubby’s coworkers too

    Jul 5, 2007 at 8:19 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #19   DUH

    I’m of two minds here….

    On one hand, this manager needs to get herself some management skills. Sarcastic notes are not the way to discipline emlployees, and if he has done this on multiple occasions then a face-to-face talk is called for.

    On the other hand, I love me some sarcasm! That line about translating the ancient characters is hilarious!

    Jul 5, 2007 at 10:49 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #20   Kimberly

    I used to work the front desk of a hotel, I’ve seen hundreds of notes like this back and forth. There was always a separation and tense dynamic between night audit and the regular front desk shifts. Night audit would normally dish it right back. My favorite time was when a night auditor took it upon themselves to correct our bosses, many, many grammatical and spelling errors. She was borderline illiterate.

    Jul 5, 2007 at 1:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #21   Writer, Rejected

    I agree with Duh: the note is mega petty *and* mega hilarious. And, I rather enjoy the passive-aggressive boss’s feminine, youthful handwriting. (No need for misogyny here; it’s the ultimate p.a.)

    Jul 5, 2007 at 4:22 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #22   HotMom

    Thank you Crysilla for FT. That LITERALLY made my day!
    MFA I just had to. It did make my day, just not LITERALLY.
    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
    I make myself laugh!
    tee Hew Oh no. I’m delirious. It’s the aftermath of the flu.

    Jul 5, 2007 at 8:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #23   Tim

    This one wasn’t for me in particular; it’s just typical of the communications I receive from management most of the time.

    I don’t mind being reprimanded or informed if I’m not performing a job task correctly; but becomes irritating when the only instruction I receive is a bitchy little note.

    Jul 6, 2007 at 1:45 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #24   Strideo

    Collect all the bitchy notes and create a “bitchy note portfolio” on your boss! ^_^

    Jul 6, 2007 at 5:44 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #25   PatHMV

    Um, what’s with this “old incorrect form” bit that a few commenters have suggested? Am I missing something? One looks like a receipt for a taxi, the other, well, like a petty cash slip. Note that the petty cash slip has a place to describe what it was that you purchased with the petty cash you took out. The taxi receipt, being a taxi receipt, has no place for that information.

    Jul 6, 2007 at 2:57 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #26   Strepsi

    Tim, I’m glad it wasn’t for you. Because what kind of idiot forks over $1000 for a taxi receipt??? Man what hotel do you work at, I’m bringing over some TAXI SLIPS AND THE ABILITY TO WRITE THE NUMBER ZERO!

    So yeah bookkeeping was pissed. That said, they should not have written a passive-aggressive note and taken out their frustrations with yellow highlighting. They should have choked-to-death whatever idiot and his friends are stealing from petty cash using TAXI SLIPS AND THE ABILITY TO WRITE THE NUMBER ZERO!

    Jul 8, 2007 at 12:54 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   tim

      btw… it wasn’t $1000.00… It was just $10.00. also, the receipt was from the cabbie, not one of ours.

      Mar 16, 2008 at 8:35 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #27   princessjess

    my mother in law is a night auditor at a hotel and rarely sees other employees, so they do communicate through notes, but this is a bit excessive unless this has been done frequently. Also, if the hotel is audited (by the irs or by a rep from corporate), the night auditor is the one in the hot seat, so they do get a bit stressed about $1000 missing from petty cash. while she does go a little far, i can understand her being mad, how hard is it to get the right damn form.

    Jul 16, 2007 at 5:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #28   now that’s effective management

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    Dec 4, 2007 at 8:49 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #29   SmartUnlikeYou

    I am in the hotel business and have to clarify a few things for you all. I really want everyone to get the full picture. Tim is a night auditor, meaning that he works from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Please keep in mind a night auditor is generally paid more becuase they work alone, have more responsibilties than the average desk clerk. Most “bosses” are not and should not have to stay until 11 p.m. to explain to someone what a petty cash form is. I am sure Tim was trained on this and did not pay attention or is just lazy. I personally think that this note, childish or not was a lot more friendly than I would have been. Tim, my advice to you is find a new more simple job if you can’t handle filling out a simple form correctly. Maybe McDonald’s…. Good Luck!

    Oct 23, 2008 at 10:58 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #30   WTF

    Wow, almost seems like Tim’s boss busted him on this site….

    But just to clarify, Tim did say (comment # 24) that is was not for him specifically….

    Perhaps “SmartUnlikeYou” should reconsider just how smart he/she really is…. Stupid Mumfucker.

    FYI, I also do Night Audit at a Hilton Brand Hotel, (I’m actually there right now) and none of my bosses would ever write such a retarded note.

    Oct 24, 2008 at 2:25 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

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