The rubbish is restless

June 24th, 2012 · 31 comments

Several months from now, I’m guessing this exhibit will still be open for viewing under Mark’s desk in Los Angeles.

Hi Mark, I'm a random paper bag that has sat here for months. I need some exercise. Please walk me outside to a pretty trash can! —brown bag  I'm garbage. I go outside in trash can when I'm full. —Trash  Hi Mark, I'm all alone! Please put me with my friends in the trash can —Plastic Bottle  Hi Mark, Poor me! A lonely empty paper bag just wishing I could be in that other BIG BAG! Pretty please?!?!

related: Toy Story meets The Office

FILED UNDER: anthropomorphism · blitzkrieg approach · garbage · Los Angeles · office

31 responses so far ↓

  • #1   AuntyBron

    I hate these whiney, self-involved brown bags.

    Jun 24, 2012 at 11:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   Polly

    That’s not funny. Or passive. Or aggressive. That’s just crazy.

    Jun 25, 2012 at 12:35 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   dot

      But they are notes! ;)

      Jun 25, 2012 at 12:53 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   AmyinToronto

      The Toronto Transit Commission’s latest anti-littering ad campaign has a similar feel to this series of notes. There are posters all over the public transit system now, depicting banana peels and coffee cups with bylines that read, “I don’t belong here.”

      Personifying inanimate objects creeps me out in a way that discourages me from wanting to pick up said banana peel and toss it in the compost heap, because what if this sentient peel preferred to be in a meadow somewhere, or amongst peels of its own kind?

      Down with personifying inanimate objects!

      Jun 25, 2012 at 9:15 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   Anony

    Did Tommy Wiseau write these?

    Jun 25, 2012 at 1:11 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Mark

      Leave your stupid comments in your pocket!

      Jun 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   CaptainC

      You’re tearing me apart, Anony!

      Jun 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   AussieGuest

    I just wonder what the toilet seat says…

    Jun 25, 2012 at 1:23 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   AuntyBron

      “Well, crap!”

      Jun 25, 2012 at 11:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   Dane Zeller

    Slow day in PassiveAgressiveVille.

    Jun 25, 2012 at 7:24 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   weaselby

    That’s just nasty. Bet there’s cockroaches in there.

    Jun 25, 2012 at 8:46 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   H for Toy

    I don’t know why those paper bags are complaining about being lonely. There are obviously plenty of other paper bags to keep them company.

    Jun 25, 2012 at 9:39 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Minaude

    So… Nobody recycles over there?

    Jun 25, 2012 at 9:57 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   mike j

    they all have the same handwriting – obvious forgeries!

    Jun 25, 2012 at 10:07 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   Nicola

    I work with somebody like this. He leaves cans all over the office like a trail of bread crumbs in case he should permanently lose his way. He leaves coffee cups with just enough coffee inside to grow mold over the ensuing months that they sit on various desks or file cabinets, as forgotten as his trail of cans. When one day I cleaned it all up, mentioning that it was filthy and that there was no excuse, his underling told me that he was just so brilliant that his mind didn’t have time to contemplate little things like throwing away trash.

    Jun 25, 2012 at 10:21 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   Lucy

      What his underling doesnt understand if he is that brillant he wouldnt be working!!

      that’s just laziness.

      Jun 25, 2012 at 3:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.2   SeeYouInTea

      True, but this is way past “not his job”. It’s filthy. Common courtesy would be to at least push the shit into the trash bin so the janitor can get it out. By the looks of the rest of the office floor, it hasn’t been vacuumed or shampooed in a few decades.

      Jun 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.3   SeeYouInTea

      Meant to reply to #11. Stupid me!

      Jun 25, 2012 at 6:04 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.4   Poltergeist

      You should leave a thumbtack on his chair. Then everybody in the office should concede that it could have been them since they’re all just so brilliant that their minds didn’t have time to contemplate little things like watching where they leave their thumbtacks. Or better yet, convince him that he’s so brilliant that he left it on his own chair. Continue to do this until he has a Swiss cheese ass.

      Jun 27, 2012 at 11:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.5   beezy

      I came into a school in January to replace a teacher who had been on sick leave since November. When I arrived in the classroom there was a dead plant, half-eaten cookies shoved in the drawers, filthy glassware (a science class), filth in the sinks and moldering coffee cups everywhere. I nearly went crazy cleaning the place out because I kept finding worksheets from 2008-2010. Apparently the last three teachers who had that classroom were ALL totally gross and didn’t know how to throw things away.

      Jun 29, 2012 at 12:37 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   Jami

    Okay, this is an office, right? That means there’s suppose to be janitors to take the trash out. Mark’s suppose to be doing the work he’s paid for, they’re suppose to be doing the work they’re paid for.

    Unless Mark is the janitor, then I’m Team Note Writer. But if Mark’s not the janitor, then I’m Team Mark. All that trash is either in the can or around it. Not scattered all over the place. So it should be obvious to the janitors they need to take it out.

    Jun 25, 2012 at 10:26 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Nope

      That’s a good point. I hate when our cleaners forget to take it out or don’t come for whatever reason. Is it a big deal to take out my own trash? No, but it’s not my job, it’s their job.

      Jun 25, 2012 at 10:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   Red Delicious

      I agree wholeheartedly on this one… And seriously, it would have taken half the time to just grab all that trash and take it out than write the notes and be a dick about it. It’s not his job to take out the trash. If it bothers you that much, do it yourself!

      Jun 25, 2012 at 11:28 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.3   jUStPunkin

      Not everywhere. Here in our office, they empty the large cans in the main areas, but in our individual offices, we have to empty them into the larger cans. They say it was done to encourage people to recycle, but really, it was just a way to cut costs. They don’t have to pay the janitors as much :/

      Jun 25, 2012 at 2:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   holycrapboredom

    This is probably in a really small office that doesn’t have a janitorial staff and every person is responsible for his/her own trash. I’m not saying the person who wrote the notes isn’t annoying, but they’re right about Mark being a slob.

    Jun 25, 2012 at 11:35 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   jUStPunkin

      Ah, yes, but it appears to be under his desk. So unless they are office mates, or there is a smell emanating from his office, it’s really none of the note writers business, is it?

      ~she writes as she peers over her desk at her own overflowing garbage can, making a mental note to take it to the large cans this afternoon~

      Jun 25, 2012 at 2:51 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   beezy

      It will become their business when his moldering trash attracts roaches, smell or no smell.

      Jun 29, 2012 at 12:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   redheadglasses

    Some people work in special offices (accounting, IT rooms) where janitorial staff isn’t allowed. My accounting dept. sets their waste cans outside their office before going home (and locking the office doors) for the day. They also vacuum the room themselves. IT guys, same thing — the room is secure, and if they want their garbage emptied, the waste cans have to be set outside the IT room.

    Jun 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   aliceblue

    Yes, Mark is a slob but 3 notes – come on.
    If I were Mark I’d start talking and/or writing to the notes; particularly if the suspected writer was nearby. “Oh notes, I’m sorry that I haven’t had time for you…etc.” Hopefully people would decide I’m to crazy to bother with and leave me alone.

    Jun 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   Zorin

    Doesn’t it take less effort to simply do the things that are being written down, than to write a note?

    I really don’t get some people.

    Jun 26, 2012 at 11:27 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   bitchy the dwarf

    the note on the trash can says it’s supposed to get emptied. Since it’s addressed to Mark and not the janitor I assume he’s supposed to take it out and just isn’t. So, unless Mark IS the janitor… team Note all the way!

    Jun 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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