Notes of the Passive Aggressive Variety

Comments 7 by Rebecca Bollwitt

A while ago we moved into a new office space. Since we have a fancy new kitchen the issue of dishes, garbage detail, and fridge cleaning arose. This was soon addressed civilly, which was rather amazing. I’ve been in office environments before where passive-aggressive notes (or emails) will appear every week, for weeks on end, with no resolve in sight to this mildly annoying and somewhat amusing standoff.

Recently after reading Tod’s post about the CBC’s new garbage cans, I came across a photo he posted from CBC Toronto. This immediately reminded me of another posted note, in fact it’s one of BR’s most viewed entries.

Like the four shining heroes raising Old Glory at Iwo Jima, like Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the chapel door, like John Carlos and Tommie Smith raising their hands at the Olympics in defiance; every act of resistance is a battle won, no matter how big or small. That is why, to my delight, walking past Blenz on Hastings to the Spartacus Books grand re-opening, I discovered a few notes taped to the door. Four employees, sick of slave wage labour and an ungrateful boss, up and left. Walked out, en masse, in the ultimate act of defiance against corporate middle management. [Beyond Robson]

Although clearly blunt and actively aggressive, this combined with the recently avoided note-incident at work and Keira’s toothpaste lady post, all initiated my Google search for notes. And just what are the best kind of notes? Passive-aggressive, most certainly.

I was so totally in luck because there does in fact exist a site at www.passiveaggressivenotes.com. WARNING! You may spend a LOT of time browsing the archives, giggling, agreeing, and remembering when you wrote that note to that dude about the towel. Enjoy.

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  1. sean orrMonday, October 29th, 2007 — 10:36pm PDT

    Awesome find. And I still don’t see why that’s BR’s most viewed article. But I’m not complaining!

  2. RaulMonday, October 29th, 2007 — 10:47pm PDT

    Oh my God, I love this website (I did find it through BR as well) but I love your blog post too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Miss604Monday, October 29th, 2007 — 11:36pm PDT

    Was this recently linked from somewhere else? I’m browsing the archives and some of these pics are very familiar…

  4. RaulTuesday, October 30th, 2007 — 12:24am PDT

    Hmm… not sure, maybe Rant Blog? I do recall I saw it elsewhere too.

  5. JennyTuesday, October 30th, 2007 — 10:41am PDT

    There was a note on our lunch room counter just yesterday. It said something to the effect of..’Hey Mister, your mom doesn’t work here and even if she did help her out and wipe up your mess’. Meh, that’s what we have cleaners for sheesh.

  6. EvaTuesday, October 30th, 2007 — 12:22pm PDT

    Regardless if there are cleaners that come through the building after hours, the fact remains that it’s rather disgusting to find refuse in the kitchen sink that could easily have been disposed of in the nearby garbage bin. To me it’s a reflection of the person who leaves behind a mess.

  7. be more of a people’s person, ok?Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 — 4:51pm PDT

    […] (from beyond robson, via miss604) […]

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