For anyone who will soon meet a whole new group of people — whether it’s your new college roommates, new co-workers, or new neighbors — we sympathize with the sometimes daunting task of establishing rules of conduct. Whose turn is it to do the dishes?
Do roommates share cartons of eggs? Where, indeed, does your lawn end and theirs begin?
Not knowing when to speak up can lead to a lot of passive-aggressive situations, which we recommend avoiding if at all possible. But we couldn’t resist rounding up some of the funniest examples of passive-aggression in the home and workplace.
Perhaps these will strike a chord with you as you sympathize with someone who just wants to restore a little bit of order in the world, or else remind you of someone who is the Felix to your Oscar.
If you’re dealing with a particularly curmudgeonly office mate who feels strongly about the rules of the communal kitchen, we do not particularly recommend you take the path of this employee, who decided to escalate the situation to hostage negotiations over a stolen turkey sandwich, which eventually led to his undoing.
We can, however, laugh at his misfortune.
To help steel you for a new work (or school) year, here are the 11 Funniest Passive-Aggressive Kitchen Notes from people who just couldn’t figure out a way to communicate effectively.
If you like these, there’s also an entire website devoted to the Passive Aggressive Notes of the world.
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Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.