Sunday, February 5, 2012

Was I in the Wrong?

Let me tell you what I did yesterday and you tell me if I was out of line.  I felt pretty good about it at the moment but now I'm plagued with guilt.

The story:  Yesterday I had to go into work for a little while because living organisms are no respecter of weekends.  As I was walking toward the elevator I saw a sign that referenced some girl who was having diarrhea.  I'm serious.  I went upstairs and dealt with my stuff but I couldn't stop thinking about that sign!  If it were me that it was about I would have been mortified and furious!!  Wouldn't you?  I mean you already don't feel good and now your co-workers are advertising your intestinal problems to the entire building?  Come on, not cool.  Even if this was some sort of inside joke it is hardly workplace appropriate.

So after I finished my work I came downstairs and saw the sign again.  I just couldn't bear to think of this girl coming in and seeing this sign.  So I took it down.  I didn't destroy it, just folded it up and put it inside the office. 

So here's the thing.  Now I feel guilty.  I'm not the type of person who goes around messing with others' property.  I don't remove political posters I don't agree with, I don't snoop on people's desk when they leave their office.  And I got to thinking, there are basically two types of humor.  There are those who think Will Ferrel (Ferrell?  The guy with the curly hair from Elf) is funny and those who think Mel Brooks is a hoot.  I'm in the Mel Brooks camp.  So maybe this was funny and I just totally didn't see it. 

What do you think?  Was the sign too too much?  Was I out of line by taking it down?


  1. I think you did a right thing. It's just rude to humiliate other person at her/his expense. I would have taken it as well...because it's different than political or whatever sign since it's not directed at anyone in specific while this sign did.

  2. I agree, good job for taking it down. I would have gone so far as to write my own note afterwards hanging it saying something like "You mean rude person" haha