We've all seen them, and maybe some of us have posted them. The passive aggressive break room note like, "If this yogurt isn't yours, don't eat it." "Whoever keeps leaving his or her dirty dish in the sink, your mom isn't here to wash it for you." And of course, the age-old "If you sprinkle when you tinkle" missive, hung up in many a ladies' room, as well as the "our pipes are old, don't flush anything that's giant and obviously unflushable, you idiot." Passive aggressive and sometimes purely aggressive, these messages are an art form, having existed since the time of pen, paper, and people annoying one another in common spaces. Particularly in the office: "Please cover your mouth when you cough, because you didn't get a flu shot and your inconsiderate nature will infect us all, just like the time that you spilled a smoothie all over the floor and never cleaned it properly and my feet still stick to the linoleum YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE."
Leslie Kwoh writes in The Wall Street Journal of the latest trend in passive aggressive note-leaving around the office. The trend is that it's still happening. Yes, people are leaving passive aggressive notes around the office! In fact, this may be one form of communication that has not gone digital, perhaps because it's easier to be anonymous on a sign left in a bathroom than it is to be anonymous even in a subtweet. Kwoh writes, "You find them in every office: anonymous passive-aggressive messages festooning the office fridge, kitchen sink or bathroom stall, accusing fellow workers of crimes against collegiality–such as purloining a can of Sprite, leaving dirty mugs in the office sink or neglecting to flush the toilet."