Thanksgiving Pride & Passive-Aggression

November 25th, 2009 · 106 comments

Writes Rebecca in Staunton, Virginia:  “My college dining hall is pretty awful. The food isn’t very good and the lines are always incredibly long.  So, when we had our Thanksgiving dinner a couple days ago (one of the few meals where the food is actually good and we can serve ourselves), naturally people got over-excited and took more food than the dining hall expected.  The next day, we found this little ‘apology’ taped over the menu suggestion box and on every single table.”

Thanksgiving Pride & Passive-Aggression

related: don’t blame us

FILED UNDER: college life · don't blame us · holiday spirit · non-apology apology · Thanksgiving · Virginia

106 responses so far ↓

  • #1   adam

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

    Nov 25, 2009 at 2:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Mo® bang

      Happy Thanksgiving to you too Adam and everyone else as well. If you are a godless infidel and living somewhere that doesn’t bloat themselves more than a five day dead cow in the August sun tomorrow than have a nice weekend.


      Nov 25, 2009 at 2:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   Mo® bang

    Derrka derrka derrka!

    Tracy’s undercooked turkey has caused a outbreak of worms.

    On a positive note; Butt scooting races will be held tonight in the student residence hallway. Bets can be placed with the RA.

    Nov 25, 2009 at 2:45 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   comment

    Wow, what dicks. Maybe it’s the old man in me but I’d write a scathing letter to them.

    Nov 25, 2009 at 2:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Emily

      The old man in you would remember and automatically disapprove of how much teen/college boys EAT, and how much they don’t give a shit how much gets thrown out.

      I feel bad for the kitchen staff, not the college boys

      Nov 26, 2009 at 9:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   park rose bang

      One word: Rebecca.

      Nov 26, 2009 at 11:59 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   That Kind of Girl

    That turkey and pie was fucking delicious!

    Nov 25, 2009 at 2:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Starv'n Marvin

      Ja, Next time stop being such a pig and save some turkey for the late comers.

      However, the mashed potatoes were fucking delicious!

      Even though thats all you vultures left us. I expect better next year, Tracy.

      Nov 25, 2009 at 3:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   JetJackson

      The Kind of Girl Who… posts worn out jokes.

      Nov 25, 2009 at 10:25 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.3   park rose bang

      You’re into turkey slapping now, too, JJ?

      Nov 26, 2009 at 12:50 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.4   infant tyrone bang

      Sometimes that what it takes to snap ‘em out of a rohypnol coma.
      Someone here proved the inaccuracy of that old saw…

      Pretty girls just seem to find out early
      How to open the doors of perception with just a smile

      Nov 26, 2009 at 1:04 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.5   park rose bang

      Or the jaws of perception.

      And just for the record, Yes! TISWWT.

      (Turkey slapping or baiting is not condoned in anyway, except for a cheap and easy joke).

      Nov 26, 2009 at 4:30 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.6   infant tyrone bang

      Pie Course

      Pretty girls just seem to gobble up early on
      How to open doors with the Jaws of conception perception Life™
      (“One’s Thighs Fits All” by The Turkeys)

      Turkey Course

      Courtesy of, we find out that:
      1) It is illegal to hunt turkeys within 200 yards of any baited area, and,
      2)All bait must also be gone 15 days prior to hunting an area.

      a) Turkey baiting is legal as a sniper-practice practice, and,
      b) Sniping at turkeys because they are hungry is BAD, but,
      sniping at turkeys because they have a memory span > 2 weeks is GOOD.

      Terminal Exam Essay: Is this legislation Passive Aggressive or not?

      After Dinner “T”

      Speculation: Based on U.S. ‘teabagging’ and Aussie ‘turkey slapping’, it is only a matter of time before some Oxbridge Don (Alanis would soil herself if it were Don Henley) issues a PDF (Preemptive Definitive Fatwah) to prohibit use of words beginning with the letter “t” by any and all former Crown Colonies.

      Dessert Course

      The jurist most frequently quoted by the U.S. Supreme Court was named Learned Hand, and he was neither heavy, nor blind, nor hirsutely palmed.
      (In case y’all kids need a bang-up defense strategy vs. The ‘Rents)

      Nov 26, 2009 at 8:55 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   Coco

    Get off of my lawn.

    Nov 25, 2009 at 3:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   Tom

    I don’t see how this is passive aggressive or the people are being “dicks” as the above commenter claims. It seems like they commented on the situation – unfortunately not everyone got as much as they wanted – and did it in a slight tongue-in-cheek way. Also, how is this a guilt trip? It’s not like they said, “and those of you who took too much, you know who you are.”
    The submitter and moderator is reading WAY too much into this note; if this is “passive agressive” obviously we’re just including whatever shit we want simply to have a new post today

    Nov 25, 2009 at 3:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   devi

      Hiya Adam, Happy thanksgiving!

      Nov 25, 2009 at 3:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   Wade bang

      If this note was “passive agressive” I would agree with you, Tom.

      But since it is “passive aggressive”, well…. ;)

      Nov 25, 2009 at 6:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.3   Canthz_B bang

      I took apologizing for running out of food, while blaming the students who ate with their eyes instead of their stomachs for the food running out, to be quite PA.

      Nov 25, 2009 at 7:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.4   mamason bang

      Tom? As in, Tom Turkey? Well then, get stuffed!

      Nov 25, 2009 at 7:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.5   Canthz_B bang


      Nov 25, 2009 at 9:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.6   TheOldSchool

      Boil me some water, honey! I’m gonna pluck this turkey!

      Nov 25, 2009 at 9:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.7   infant tyrone bang

      Didn’t I hear that on an outtake recording of Earl Scruggs just before he blazed into Ma and Pa Kettle’s Briny Breakdown ?

      Nov 26, 2009 at 10:29 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.8   hmmm

      Really? When I read it I was like “WOAH, that was a guilt trip that would make my nanna proud!”

      I also didn’t notice any humor or “tongue in cheek” at all. To me it was a long winded, condescending note that really just said “Way to pig out and not leave any food for the rest of us you selfish, wasteful little brats.”

      I like how the “management team” is in italics, making it clear that this is the most important group that missed out on the food fest. You’d think they would be most concerned for the later arriving students they are supposedly apologizing to!

      Nov 27, 2009 at 1:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   Eh

    “The heavy hand of self service” is PA but otherwise, not that bad a note, really.

    Nov 25, 2009 at 3:20 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   sketched

      I think the bigger PA issue is this letter being attached to every menu in the dining hall. Once would seem sufficient, no?

      Nov 25, 2009 at 3:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   infant tyrone bang

      “…taped over the menu suggestion box…”

      True, every menu would have been extreme.

      The Director & Executive Chef probably decided on placement…choosing the menu suggestion box as a way to deter students from leaving non-menu notes about the lack of pie and turkey…and again missed an opportunity…the Caf might have become famous by submitting them here.

      Nov 25, 2009 at 4:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   TheOldSchool

      That the pies quickly disappeared is regrettable, but we should be grateful that we never ran out of whipped topping … thanks to “the heavy hand of self-service.”

      Nov 25, 2009 at 9:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.4   infant tyrone bang

      Cool Whip…the ultimate luxury…

      We had to generate our own whipped toppings, and with no visual aids
      (to speak of)…but try and explain any of that to the kids these days ?

      They look at you like you’ve got a head full of rocks+off in the distance you can tell from the look in their eyes, they’re thinkin’ “How long do I have to listen to this old coot before I can hit the fridge and tag my half of the pumpkin pie with that spray bottle of rich creamy goodness?”

      We used ta dream of aerosol technology…that and pneumatic women…

      Nov 26, 2009 at 12:41 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.5   Geek Goddess


      Nov 26, 2009 at 3:15 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.6   infant tyrone bang


      Just for you, Happy Thanksgiving…and here’s a holiday gift..

      The original

      The Pythons

      My Fave

      Nov 26, 2009 at 8:15 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.7   Geek Goddess

      Thanks, ty, that was very sweet. I would save some of the leftover turkey for you, but we ran out. Maybe next year?

      Nov 27, 2009 at 1:56 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.8   sketched

      My mistake, infant tyrone. The info still says it was posted on every single table.

      Nov 30, 2009 at 5:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Melissa

    Aw, that’s so sweet that the executive chef cooked up a nice guilt trip, just like Mom used to make.

    Nov 25, 2009 at 3:25 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   meghan

    Oh Mary Baldwin, how I miss thee!

    Nov 25, 2009 at 3:43 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   anglophile bang

    The heavy hand of self-service ruins it for everyone.

    At least that’s what I gathered from reading all those sex-advice columns.

    Nov 25, 2009 at 4:06 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   infant tyrone bang

      But, glo’…

      If you write about it well, you might win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
      I know Beckett’s Irish, but it was as close as I could get on short notice.

      Beckett uses a similar oxymoronic construction in the passage in which Molloy has just finished telling the revolting story of his couplings with Edith:

      What I do know for certain is that I never sought to repeat the experience, having I suppose the intuition that it had been unique and perfect, of its kind, achieved and inimitable, and that it behooved me to preserve its memory, pure of all pastiche, in my heart, even if it meant my resorting from time to time to the alleged joys of so-called self-abuse.

      Funny how Allstate never considered using ol’ Sam as a spokesperson, them being the ‘good hands people’ and all.

      Nov 25, 2009 at 4:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   mamason bang

      Maybe they should have used those heavy hands to whip us up some mashed taters in a more timely manner! Dick-beaters be damned!

      *are you sure that’s gravy?*

      Nov 25, 2009 at 7:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.3   TheOldSchool

      Grandma has sinus problems and suddenly everyone’s suspicious.

      Nov 25, 2009 at 9:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.4   Canthz_B bang

      The heavy hand of self-service is a thing for amateurs.
      Those more experienced in the art use the gentler hairy hand of self-service, of course, they’ve gone blind by the time they reach that stage.

      Nov 26, 2009 at 9:07 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.5   infant tyrone bang

      One dessert course to a customer (cf #4.6, 12 min ante) please.

      Call it even if I can have the last 2 of #18.4, though.

      If you claim independent discovery, it’s cool…see ya in Stockholm then.

      Consider it done. But separate rooms hotels in Sweden.
      All the hair from my palm shaving tends to jeopardize plumbing, when I can find the handle, anyway…
      Roger on the driving…as the heavy-handed ladies say “Happy Motoring !”

      Like almost everything here on PAN, it was painless in the extreme.

      Nov 26, 2009 at 10:18 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.6   Canthz_B bang

      Same concept, different usage. Some freeways only have a limited number of off-ramps, and many cars heading for the same destination.

      I might lend #18.4 now and again, if #11.2 references didn’t exist. Make your comments without including me.

      Drive safely. ;-)

      That didn’t hurt, now did it? :mrgreen:

      Nov 26, 2009 at 11:06 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   jellojiggler

    Of course it’s passive aggressive. Rather than take responsibility for lack of proper planning to have enough food, they short-changed their menu and then blame the customers for being “heavy handed.” It’s Thanksgiving for crying out loud. People love to eat turkey and pie, and anyone who works in food services and doesn’t realize that should get out of the business….instead of plastering the cafeteria with notes that try to absolve them of any responsibility. Be an adult!

    Nov 25, 2009 at 4:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Mrs. Pommelhorst

      I disagree. As stated in the note, “sending the uneaten remains…” implies that students piled on waaay more than they could eat, way more than a cafeteria could reasonably expect greedy, errr hungry, college students to consume. This caused the shortage, not the cafeteria’s inability to take into account the students being selfish.

      Minus the plastering on each table, and the “heavy-handed” comment, I think this is a completely reasonable note, and find for the Cafeteria.

      Case closed.

      Nov 25, 2009 at 4:35 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   infant tyrone bang

      They let the serving people have the night off and paid dearly for it.

      And how do you run out of turkey on Thanksgiving?

      How many ways can you think of/remember to serve day-old Tom?
      Turkey ala King, Turkey Tetrazini, Turkey Kroakettes (sic), Turkey Soup, yada, yada, yada…until you’ve exceeded Bubba’s number of ways to serve shrimp…oh, don’t forget just plain old tasty Turkey and dressing w/ gravy.

      Bottom line here is HR jodido el perro* ** long before Turkey Day when they made the major goof of hiring someone just because their name matched the title of the job opening.

      * NTTAWWT For CG, with affectation affection
      ** or tornillen la perra, or whatever makes ‘screwed the pooch’ for you

      WRT #11.1…This won’t go to trial, so the U. is off the hook for a big time (i.e. Catholic) financial hit, but with that many disgruntled late-comers, the U.’s still gonna pay a heavy-handed price over time.

      Nov 25, 2009 at 4:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.3   Car RamRod

      Yea but this is a college we’re talking about, and right before thanksgiving break. 80% of the people who showed up were probably stoned out of their minds. When in that condition, one thinks they can eat an entire buffet table full of food, and sometimes can, but it’s easy to have a case of “eyes bigger than the stomach.”

      All that aside, so what if some of the late comers didn’t get as much pie or turkey? They learned a valuable life lesson. Next time cut the smoke session and game of ultimate frisbee short and show up on time, or don’t be surprised if you’re left with the scraps.

      Nov 25, 2009 at 4:44 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.4   mamason bang

      I always pig out before I get stoned because I get way too paranoid about swallowing. :-|

      Yep. That’s me in the corner, giggling and drooling. :mrgreen:

      Nov 25, 2009 at 7:57 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.5   mystic_eye_cda

      If you have no mashed potatoes people are going to eat more turkey and pie -duh. People taking more than they are going to eat is also a symptom of knowing the food is probably going to run out. If you know that if you want a another piece of pie it is guaranteed to be there then you are likely to only take one (or two) pieces. If you think its likely they are going to run out of pie you’re going to take more for yourself, and possibly your friends

      I think the lack of mashed potatoes and poor planning was the cause of most of the problems. Blaming people for taking more than they could eat and pointing out that management also didn’t get as much as they wanted is just passive aggressive.

      The note should have simply said:

      Due to a problem with the kettle the potatoes were not ready until 7pm. Unfortunately we ran short of turkey and pie as well.

      We apologize and hope to do better next time.

      Nov 26, 2009 at 1:36 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.6   ok then

      I actually agree completely. When you are in college and actually get good food for once its easy to go overboard. Everyone goes overboard with thanksgiving meals. Its too bad people were wasteful, but this note isn’t an apology, its a guilt trip.

      If I went there I’d stuff the comment box with notes saying “make more food next time!” just to be PA.

      Nov 27, 2009 at 1:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Canthz_B bang

    Turkey, ham, gravy, stuffing and pie.

    I suppose the dietitian must have been laid-off, because that meal was a veggie or two short of being well-rounded.

    Happy Thanksgiving PAN participants and Lurkers! :-D

    Nov 25, 2009 at 7:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   NoPhoto

    Am I the only one who doesn’t see a photo there? Some of the photos on this site don’t load for me. Can someone tell me why this is?

    Nov 25, 2009 at 7:49 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   mamason bang

      We all got together and decided that you needed to take a load off. *blink blink*

      Nov 25, 2009 at 7:58 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.2   Canthz_B bang

      Did you pay the full Membership Fee?

      Just make your $100 check out to Can’t Always See Hotstuff and send it to me, I’ll take care of things.

      That’s kind of long, so just write C.A.S.H. on your check. ;-)

      Nov 25, 2009 at 8:03 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   hungrygrrl

    It’s signed “Director” with the title below it “Director and Exec Chef.”

    So perhaps the note writer is named Director and has realized that it may be his name but not his game.

    Or, it’s not the Director’s name at all, because that person was unwilling to put their name on the note. That makes it PA in my book.

    Nov 25, 2009 at 9:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Canthz_B bang

      The guy obviously got his food service training working at Little Caesars.

      Nov 25, 2009 at 9:20 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   Rebecca

      I edited the Director’s and the Executive Chef’s names from the photo for the sake of anonymity.

      Nov 27, 2009 at 9:33 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.3   Canthz_B bang

      This is an actual note.
      The names have been changed to protect the pitiful, except for Tracy, because no one likes her anyway.

      Nov 27, 2009 at 11:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   Havingfitz

    This has given me such delightful visions of ravenous college students descending on the buffet like hyenas, snarling and snapping at each other. Can’t you just imagine crouched under chairs gnawing on whole turkey legs?

    Nov 25, 2009 at 9:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   G.Pat bang

      I envisage the rest of the world’s perception: Greedy, greedy Americans.

      Nov 26, 2009 at 5:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.2   tinkerbell2

      Nah, just greedy, greedy students. We have them here too.

      Edit – isn’t ‘greedy’ an odd word if you say it over and over again?

      Nov 26, 2009 at 6:55 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.3   Canthz_B bang

      Boy, I feel so guilty now for working 40 hour weeks in order to buy the food I consume as an American.
      Shame on me.
      I vow to only eat two helpings of everything today, and then quit my job and rely upon UN food shipments.

      I look forward to feeling so much more virtuous!

      Thanks for saving my soul, G.Pat!!

      Nov 26, 2009 at 10:26 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.4   Mo®

      Great now I can’t stop going, greedy greedy greedy greedy greedy over and over in my head!

      Nov 26, 2009 at 11:42 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.5   Canthz_B bang

      Well, I’m full.

      I’m a greedy, greedy American, and am ashamed of feasting on a feasting holiday.

      Wait, no I’m not!! That’s what feast days are for!!

      G.Pat, I made a plate for you…
      ♫ Come and get it!!! ♫

      Nov 26, 2009 at 6:56 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   Pangolin

    I love how Tracy gets named but the director hides behind her(his?) title. Way to throw your colleague under the bus!

    Nov 25, 2009 at 9:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Fanboy Wife

      I noticed that too.

      If the “Director, Director & Executive Chef” took the time to type this out, with the intention of making many public copies, why didn’t they fix the phrase “me and Tracy?”

      Nov 25, 2009 at 11:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.2   aaa bang

      Pangolins are awesome critters. That is all.

      Nov 26, 2009 at 1:59 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.3   infant tyrone bang

      But they’re not part of any approved therapeutic regimen for Ants in Your Pants, so be careful about over-familiarity. Instinct can bite ya badly…

      Nov 26, 2009 at 10:55 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   Silhouette

    It’s funnier that they ran out of turkey if you know that Staunton is right next to the turkey capital of the state.

    Nov 25, 2009 at 10:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #18   CowTippingBlues

    Someone please tell me what Pride has to do with Thanksgiving?

    Nov 25, 2009 at 11:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   Nutella

      Well, you see, it was the Pride of Pilgrims in those cold and inspirational years that led to the slaughter of the Indians. We have now glorified this celebration by recognizing the feast which aside from providing a lucid example of the Pilgrim’s blatant usage of these people, foreshadowed the betrayal which would eventually make history as one of the greatest (of many) examples of human indecency in the Americas. Thank you, Andrew Jackson.

      Nov 26, 2009 at 12:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.2   infant tyrone bang

      Well, counselor, (*smiles*) since you opened the door:

      Some aspects of the conventional story are true enough. But it’s also true that by 1637 Massachusetts Governor John Winthrop was proclaiming a thanksgiving for the successful massacre of hundreds of Pequot Indian men, women and children, part of the long and bloody process of opening up additional land to the English invaders. The pattern would repeat itself across the continent until between 95 and 99 percent of American Indians had been exterminated and the rest were left to assimilate into white society or die off on reservations, out of the view of polite society.

      Simply put: Thanksgiving is the day when the dominant white culture (and, sadly, most of the rest of the non-white but non-indigenous population) celebrates the beginning of a genocide that was, in fact, blessed by the men we hold up as our heroic founding fathers.

      The first president, George Washington, in 1783 said he preferred buying Indians’ land rather than driving them off it because that was like driving “wild beasts” from the forest. He compared Indians to wolves, “both being beasts of prey, tho’ they differ in shape”. Thomas Jefferson – president #3 and author of the Declaration of Independence, which refers to Indians as the “merciless Indian Savages” – was known to romanticize Indians and their culture, but that didn’t stop him in 1807 from writing to his secretary of war that in a coming conflict with certain tribes, “[W]e shall destroy all of them”.


      Like it or not…love it or leave it…We yam what we yam…
      now eat yer damn creamed spinach and pass the rolls!

      Nov 26, 2009 at 2:01 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.3   Canthz_B bang

      The Pride of the Pilgrims is what they swallowed along with the food the “Indians” brought them on that “First Thanksgiving”.

      Rather than the “Pilgrim’s blatant usage of these people”, it was more the “Indians” helping fellow humans they saw were in a bad way as far as living off of their new land was concerned.

      Acceptance of charity should not be confused with using ones benefactors.

      Happy Misgivings to you, Nutella.

      Nov 26, 2009 at 8:54 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.4   Canthz_B bang

      New World: Please pass the Smallpox?

      Old World: Certainly, could you please pass the Syphilis?

      New World: Sure, I think my daughter can get that to you this evening.

      Old World: I’d like to propose a toast, here’s to a mutual exchange of gifts!

      African aside to other African: This doesn’t bode well for us, does it?

      Second African to first: Hey, free boat rides and honest work ain’t all bad!

      Nov 26, 2009 at 9:32 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.5   infant tyrone bang

      I thought the Old World brought both plagues (STDs’ via Spain)…
      but your creative license is in fine fettle and good shape, if not order.

      Another version could be … (wide open for any ABBA add-ons)

      NW: Got Smallpox, Man?

      OW: Gotcha covered, pal…blanket policy ‘n’ all.
      We’re all about the insurance, amigo.
      (Hancock, my good (a)gent! Another double dose here, STAT !)

      OW: Now that you’re all securely swaddled in that bankie, how’s about a new way to have visions that doesn’t involve those nasty Peyote Big Jobs?

      NW: Wow, nice delivery method ! “How” can we ever thank you ?

      Can I borrow the last 2 lines sometime?
      They’re ‘dead solid perfect’ as Don Meridith used to say…

      Fist First thumb, mine…ya big chlorine ion.

      Nov 26, 2009 at 10:10 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.6   Canthz_B bang

      Could be, I didn’t do the research. I took the show I saw two days ago on History Channel International at its word on the STDs.

      I’ve still got some time to put in before I can be considered an old salt. ;-)

      Nov 26, 2009 at 10:13 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.7   Canthz_B bang

      Well, I wasn’t very busy so, from Wiki…:


      Three theories on the origin of syphilis have been proposed. It is generally agreed upon by historians and anthropologists that syphilis was present among the indigenous peoples of the Americas before Europeans traveled to and from the New World. However, whether strains of syphilis were present in the entire world for millennia, or if the disease was confined to the Americas in the pre-Columbian era, is debated.”

      But we know to take Wiki for what it is.
      I’m just the messenger…and this but a small dose of Mercury.

      Nov 26, 2009 at 10:44 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.8   infant tyrone bang

      Well then, there you have it…polite controversy amid The Academy.
      Plus la change, plus la meme chose (‘scuse my French)…
      Job security for diminished faculties ?

      So…maybe…they shared something besides food that first Thanksgiving ? Imagine them a few months later comparing symptoms like wine snobs?

      Well, at least they can’t pin scurvy on The Man, being a non-exogenous deficiency problem. Got loosy toothys from long canoe rides upstream to off your fellow indigenese, Hiawatha, don’t be layin’ at Haole’s front door.
      Go suck a lemon…no, really…or a lime…

      P.S. Is there still a code for scurvy ? Sincerely curious. You can go last.

      Nov 26, 2009 at 11:12 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.9   Canthz_B bang

      267: Ascorbic acid deficiency.
      Of course, Native Americans consumed a good deal of corn and berries (a cup of strawberries contains more vitamin C than you’ll need in a day), so Hiawatha wouldn’t have worried much about scurvy.

      But sometimes my facts are out of order.
      No worries, everyone enjoys a good petard-hoisting now and again, “For ’tis sport to have the engineer/ Hoist with his own petard…”
      You will, I assume, forgive me for mining beneath your well-engineered comment. ;-)

      Wanna know what 301.81 means?

      No…you probably already know! :lol:

      Nov 26, 2009 at 11:33 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.10   pro coder

      Canthz I know 301.81.

      That is pretty good diagnosing on infant tyrone you did there. =)

      Nov 26, 2009 at 3:13 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.11   Canthz_B bang

      I calls’em as I sees’em, PC.

      That was much nicer than 306.4, you must admit! ;-)

      Nov 26, 2009 at 5:11 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.12   infant tyrone bang

      I don’t concur with your diagnosis, but it led me to research ICD-9 codes/terminology. And 306.4, as close as I got to that was on a plane back to London after some tainted breakfast sausages in New Delhi.

      While I am certainly living with 327.23 (CPAP compliant), and either 357.9 or 726.10, as well as the always fun 724.02 (with its insouciant opportunities for surgical adventurism), I think if this were measuring U$D, you’d likely be 22 cents behind me or 8 cents ahead (I guess you could be both, but I’m not even a GP, so take your pick if you must).

      Nov 26, 2009 at 8:49 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.13   Canthz_B bang

      Food poisoning isn’t psychogenic. I’d suggest 005.9 for your in-flight malady (not knowing the specific pathogen).

      306.4 is, however, appropriate for psychogenic constipation.

      Assuming that an amateur can in hours do a professional’s job kinda backs up my original Dx. Keep up the good work…your 297.1 is showing! ;-)

      Nov 27, 2009 at 7:59 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #19   aaaaaaaaahhhhhh bang

    The red font is somewhat incriminating.

    Nov 26, 2009 at 1:26 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #20   aaa bang

    Fuck, we hate our job
    You goddamn fucking kid pigs
    But pride is a sin

    Nov 26, 2009 at 1:48 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #21   aaa bang

    This is why cool kids get their food from the grocery store and not the college dining hall.

    Nov 26, 2009 at 1:55 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   Varan bang

      Love the use of the phrase “me and Tracy” by a person is who is allegedly the Director and Executive Chef in an educational institution. Should have used a spell checker and grammar doo-dah. Also, being even more pedantic, what place does (or should) mashed potato have in a thanks giving dinner? Please tell me. Just don’t get it.

      Nov 26, 2009 at 6:58 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #21.2   anglophile bang

      While “me and Tracy” is awkwardly phrased, I don’t think it’s grammatically incorrect. I’m sure most people would instinctively say “Tracy and me” but it’s not incorrect to go the other way. At least they didn’t horribly say “responsibility has been taken by Tracy and I”.

      Nov 26, 2009 at 7:48 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #21.3   Geek Goddess

      The mashed potatoes should have a place between the turkey and the stuffing, so that the inevitable spill-over of gravy will enhance the turkey and stuffing, and not spoil the yams, green beans, brussels sprouts or salad.

      Nov 26, 2009 at 3:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #21.4   infant tyrone bang

      Brussels sprouts, GG ?
      We may need to get a larger yacht, like one with twin galleys…
      ‘t’s OK, though…we’ll be able to afford it.
      Any other dietary preferences, phobias, or the like ?

      Nov 26, 2009 at 9:06 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #21.5   Geek Goddess

      It’s okay, I won’t share force my brussels sprouts on you, especially when I use the family brussels sprouts recipe. I am also known in several circles as A Very Good Cook, and am willing to allow my tastes to be subsumed by those of my culinary audience.

      Unless they want to soak everything in ketchup.

      Nov 27, 2009 at 1:32 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #22   KC_Sunshine_Man

    As my mothe used to say, people in China would be happy for that food.

    Finish your beer, there are sober kids in India.

    Nov 26, 2009 at 10:49 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #23   Neeners

    Well, ok just as long as someone is miserable and guilt ridden at their Thanksgiving Day feast. It is just like going to a family get together. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Feels like home away from home. Minus the fight with unemployed Uncle Tom who likes to feel up all the ladies while greeting them at the door.

    Nov 26, 2009 at 11:39 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   Canthz_B bang

      RUN, ELIZA!!!

      Nov 26, 2009 at 11:52 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #23.2   MAMARILLA2 bang

      We got no money, no food, no home, and I feel like we own the world.

      Nov 26, 2009 at 12:29 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #24   RunBarbara bang

    Thanks to the heavy hand of self-service (and a well-placed turkey baster), I will be walking funny until Christmas.

    Nov 27, 2009 at 10:56 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #25   Quinn

    Thanksgiving dinner (no matter how cold) should always be fucking delicious. :)

    Nov 27, 2009 at 12:03 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #26   Susan

    At least the management will learn for next year… and make more food!

    Nov 27, 2009 at 12:15 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   MAMARILLA2 bang

      Or take away the self serve.They learned nothing from last years rice ball incident…

      Nov 27, 2009 at 12:23 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #27   Anonymous


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  • #28   jinx

    Seeing how the naturally was put in there, I’m betting Rebecca one of the people the note is addressing. Next year, they’re probably give everyone a ration. I say next year, the staff should do like Snoopy and woodstock: feed these pigs jelly beans and popcorn while keeping the turkey and pies for themselves.

    Nov 29, 2009 at 4:00 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   Rebecca

      Actually, I was one of the people who came late. Yeah, I was pretty disappointed when I found out that the turkey was all gone, but I could understand why the other students took so much. In the end, I was more upset about the note because I knew the dining hall staff was going to use this incident as an excuse to ration the food even more than they already do. They already treat us like potential thieves, and now it’s probably going to get even worse.

      Nov 29, 2009 at 2:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #28.2   Canthz_B bang

      Rationing can be a good thing, if tied to GPA.
      Nothing new really. Bringing home a bad grade used to mean going to bed without supper.

      There’s an incentive to stop partying on the quad and spend more time on studies.

      “B+!! Yippee!!! Meat!!!”

      Nov 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #29   Storella

    Maybe the foodservice folks can figure out a way to never have self-service again? Perhaps a method using tickets or coupons would work. “Redeem this for one serving of turkey,” or somesuch. :D
    I wonder: would it have been a better note if the staff were allowed to say this?
    “We screwed up making this self-service. A bunch of selfish, inconsiderate hogs ruined [or wasted] a lot of perfectly good food. We were foolish; and they were assholes. We’re very sorry and won’t let it happen again.”

    Nov 30, 2009 at 9:48 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #30   Anita

    I go to this college, and I DIED laughing that the letter is posted on a big site such as this.

    Oh, and by the way it wasn’t the night before break, this was a week before Thanksgiving.

    Nov 30, 2009 at 8:13 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #31   Aisling

    I absolutely love how once again Mary fucks up and Tracey gets part of the blame. Tracey is awesome and always goes outta his way to get you what you want. Mary just needs to get fired for being an idiot that can’t budget worth a damn. You would have thought she would have learned the FIRST year when she ran out of food/money. Then, you would have though she REALLY would have learned when it happened AGAIN the year after that. This just goes to show how pathetic Mary is and how she doesn’t deserve to be the “director”.

    Nov 30, 2009 at 8:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #32   Hmmm

    Just sayin’, I’ve been to Thanksgiving dinners where I put a large amount of food on my plate, only to gag on the first mouthful. I knew in an instant that I wasn’t going to be able to eat it all because it tasted like crap! Maybe that’s why the ‘inconsiderate’ diners left so much uneaten food behind.

    Dec 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #33   Alice


    I moved off campus at what I can only assume was the same college–Staunton isn’t that big– in large part because I could no longer stand that very dining hall’s combination of bad food, inane policies, and passive-aggressive responses to any attempt at constructive criticism.

    I can’t say I’m very surprised by this.

    Dec 7, 2009 at 10:55 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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