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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Dept. of Troubling In-house E-mail

posted by on April 11 at 14:15 PM

To: Editorial


Subject: Unpleasant Situation

Hello 2nd Floor Denizens,

This is a difficult email to write, but the time has come.

A couple weeks ago, I encountered blood on the bathroom floor. Not wanting to touch it, but not wanting anyone else to have the same unsettling experience, I cleaned it up. Today [REDACTED] encountered the same thing. Blood on the bathroom floor and some on the toilet. Left there, for the rest of us to enjoy or avoid at our own discretion.

First of all, I hope that everyone here is okay and not bleeding profusely from some horrible stapler accident or friendly punch to the nose from a co-worker. These scenarios probably not being the case, I move to admonishment. What the hell?! This is absolutely ridiculous and absolutely unacceptable. It is unsanitary, inconsiderate, and makes me think badly of everyone who uses the restrooms on this floor.

Stop this behavior. If you make a gross mess, clean it up. Don’t leave it for others to make it magically disappear. Our cleaning service comes twice a week. If [REDACTED] did not take it upon herself to clean and disinfect the area, it would probably have remained like that until Sunday when our crew comes again.

I would really like to not have to deal with this situation again. Be an adult and clean it up.

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Also, have we gotten some new air freshener in the restroom on the left? It has been so terrifying up in there since the last of it was used the other day.

Posted by Nick | April 11, 2007 2:25 PM

Why are you even posting this here? I'll assume there's some sort of internal email there. Apparently you guys will post ANYTHING to start a thread and get some much-needed attention.

Posted by Get back to work | April 11, 2007 2:37 PM

Well I'm sorry Wendy but I don't trust anything that bleeds for five days and doesn't die.

Posted by monkey | April 11, 2007 2:46 PM

#2: Given that this is quoting from an internal distribution list, it does seem a pretty safe bet that such a thing exists....

Posted by gfish | April 11, 2007 2:46 PM

I've encountered the same thing at my place of business and it was all I could do to not wretch all over the place. I wasn't as proactive as [REDACTED] so the mess was left there for the cleaning crew (which thankfully comes every night here).

Totally disgusting. Poo in the toilet is gross too—who doesn't know that they need to double flush?!

Posted by Carollani | April 11, 2007 2:52 PM

@2 Because it's funny. It's entertaining. These people are fun. What goes on in their office is of interest to me, so I would imagine it is of interest to at least a few other people. This is a BLOG. Blogs are for writing whatever is of interest/funny/entertaining to the blog owner. This is not CNN.COM. I am SO sick of you assholes with your comments on posts like this. Much needed attention?!?!?! It's a BLOG. That we come here to READ. In order for us to have something to READ, they make POSTS. Accusing someone who writes for a blog that you ARE READING of "looking for attention" is the most ridiculous thing I've read all day.

Posted by Callie | April 11, 2007 2:54 PM

This reminds me of when I was working at the Examiner in SF. One day I was down at the south-of-town offices and got this company-wide email from the Tenderloin office's front desk that said something like: "URGENT! Examiner employees: please do not step in or clean up the blood in the lobby or on the stairs. The police are still investigating the stabbing." And that was the whole email.

It turned out that someone in the line for the Cannabis Club on the second floor had gotten fractious, someone else got knifed, and both guys had fled the building, one bleeding profusely. That is what happens when people don't get their pot in a timely fashion.

Posted by MvB | April 11, 2007 2:55 PM


Why are you even commenting here? Apparently you will comment on anything to get some much-needed attention

Posted by I Am Rubber | April 11, 2007 2:55 PM

ANOTHER example of when you should ask yourself..."should I post this on the SLOG just because I can?"

The answer in this case is NO. I don't care about Stranger employees hand washing habits, smells or menstruation cycles. STOP IT ALREADY! It's very self indulgent. Please show some restraint.

Posted by Mrs. Y | April 11, 2007 3:04 PM

@9 Did you even bother to read the comments before you posted your own? Clearly, you and @2 are in the minority. God, this makes me want to resort to grade school antics and tell you to shut up. You are not the boss of them! You are not the authority on what should/should not/can/will be posted on this blog. Go away!

Posted by Callie | April 11, 2007 3:08 PM

I think it's hilarious... keep up the diversions, please!

Posted by imaginary dana | April 11, 2007 3:09 PM

Ah yes, "Seattle's Only Newspaper" just keeps cranking out the fine journalism. Glad you keep the rest of the media on their toes. How interesting

Posted by Chuck U. Farley | April 11, 2007 3:16 PM

If the circulation numbers dropped any further, there will be blood on the walls, too...

Posted by Secret | April 11, 2007 3:21 PM

I said it when the email first landed in my inbox and I'll say it again now: [REDACTED] deserves a medal for writing this.

Posted by David Schmader | April 11, 2007 3:21 PM

What's funny about the anonymous trolls (who themselves are usually not all that funny)... are the real-life people who take their trolling seriously and formally respond to it without irony.

(and no, GBTW wasn't me)

Posted by Gomez | April 11, 2007 3:23 PM

Seriously, this is a blog. Post whatever the hell you want to. Most of us seem to be capable of skipping entries that don't interest us. Generally, I'm even capable of skipping the many (many, many, many) comments that don't interest me. In this case though, I felt compelled to join the "grade school antics and tell you to shut up." So there.

Posted by Juan | April 11, 2007 3:25 PM

Given the kinkiness of The Stranger's milieu, I could make some unappetizing guesses as to what it is, but instead I'm going to guess "nosebleed". Pretty common. Not cleaning it up afterwards is not cool, though.

Posted by Fnarf | April 11, 2007 3:28 PM

You think that's gross? At the third floor faculty bathrooms where I work, all urinals are broken and only two of the four toilets work. The two toilets that don't work? People still use them anyway. Thus, everytime you walk in there, you're walking into a haze of slowly evaporating week old urine. And absolutely no one bothers to clean that up. Ever.

Posted by johnnie | April 11, 2007 3:28 PM

It's bad enough for me when the intestinal flora population crashes. A chile that unbeknownst to me turned out to be a habenero required me to get fetal so that I could subsequently get my intestines mini-fetalled.

Woah. Hey, wait a minute: Are we talkin' 2-hole here or what?

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | April 11, 2007 3:28 PM

along those sames lines, here's something that our receptionist decided to send out:

Today, around 11:45, two individuals were seen exiting the shower area on the floor. Neither individual entered the reception area on the floor, nor did they sign out the shower key. At noon, I did a physical check of the shower. Remnants of their encounter were noticeable on the shower floor. I will be locking the showers because of this event. They will still be available to employees but you will be required to sign out the key when needing to use the showers. I have notified building management of the problem and they are working on it. I thank the employee who brought this to my attention. If anyone sees a person on the floor that you feel should not be, it is within your right to stop that person and ask if they have business on the floor. Then, please, notify the front desk that there was a suspicious individual present on the floor. Thank you all for your help and cooperation.

Emphasis mine :)

Posted by investigatory journalist | April 11, 2007 3:33 PM

@15 So you are implying that 1) these "trolls" aren't actual, real-life people and 2) they are only posting their criticism ironically? Okay. I'm on the internet pretty much all day every day and have been for years. You're telling me that these people who are complaining about posts like these that aren't "serious" or "news" aren't real people and don't mean it? Therefore I'm dumb for responding to them? You can shut up too! Heh.

Posted by Callie | April 11, 2007 3:47 PM


Sticks and Stones Callie, Sticks and Stones.

Posted by Ryan | April 11, 2007 3:54 PM

JUST like with TV, I'm able to ignore SLOG posts that don't interest me.

But really, I like the random shit posted here. Octopusses fucking fisherman's wives and all.

I like all the comments too, even from the haters. I love a good "wack-job" post.

Posted by monkey | April 11, 2007 4:05 PM

@23 EXACTLY. More eccentric content please, more crazy photos, please. I'm here for entertainment, not to read posts about mysterious pools of blood in the Stranger bathrooms.

Posted by Yeah | April 11, 2007 4:25 PM

I hope you're using universal precautions and all that jazz.

Posted by Sam | April 11, 2007 5:01 PM

Monkey & Callie- As a consumer of the SLOG don't I have a right to voice my opinion about what I would and would not like to see posted on the SLOG?

And, no it's not really like TV. I can't choose my programs without ever having to flip on CBN and other things I don't want to watch. I HAVE to roll past the idiotic posts about some Stranger staffers hands smelling like shit even after washing them-- just so I can get to the good stuff like my daily Chris Crocker video. So there!

Posted by Mrs. Y | April 11, 2007 6:55 PM

Well I work at a high-falutin for profit corp in a ritzy building at a ritzy address and we have similar issues. So don't feel singled out by profession or location. In fact we typically don't have hot water because - well no one really knows. They're "looking into it" and have been for over a year now. Workman come and workman go. Still no hot water. And my car gets dinged in the parking lot. Not just an "Oops I bumped your door" but a "Take dat you sunofa ...!" I guess our society is just circling the drain like so much shower refuse.

Now to get drunk and toast Kurt Vonnegut. Cheers Kurt, wherever you are!

Posted by DingoAteYawrBaby | April 12, 2007 1:24 PM

Posted by Johnny | April 23, 2007 10:06 PM

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