A passive-aggressive note about how to boil the kettle and make tea has been left in an office, in what has been dubbed a great example of British passive-aggressiveness
A bitter argument has broken out in an office after one worker became frustrated about how their colleagues made cups of tea – and left a passive-aggressive note in protest.
‘Shots have been fired’ in the typically British argument, which erupted over the refilling of a communal kettle – as one person believes it should be refilled after each use.
The note includes an image of Rex, the dinosaur from Toy Story, saying that he had short arms so couldn’t refill the kettle – above the message ‘what’s your excuse’.
Then a second worker left a follow-up message, saying that the kettle should be boiled with fresh water for every brew – adding that the author of the original letter was clearly a ‘dinosaur’.
The first note reads: “T-Rex has tiny arms and can’t fill the kettle up when it’s empty, what’s your excuse? Please fill the kettle up when you’ve finished with it.”
And the reply, written in comic sans above an image of a cup with a smiley face, goes: “Hasn’t T-Rex heard of conserving energy by only boiling enough water for what is required?
“Also, a decent cup of tea requires freshly boiled water not multiple boiled water.
“No wonder he’s a dinosaur.”
An image of the two notes was shared on Reddit, and users were quick to comment their opinion on the matter.
One said: “In the big scheme of things if that’s the biggest issue then it’s a pretty well-administered kitchen.
“Before most other kitchen communities get to kettle filling they’ve fallen on bin filling, dirty cups, soggy tea bags, general cleanliness and milk buying rotas.
“Now you just gotta decide whether you want all-out war or a bit of smug education.”
And another added: “I’ve never heard of people asking for a kettle to be left filled. Surely it takes two seconds to fill up with the correct amount you need rather than boiling a kettle that’s full to the brim for one cup?”
“My driving instructor once complained that his son never filled the kettle at home” wrote a third. “I said, ‘what’s the issue it’s not hard to fill a kettle’.
“He responded ‘exactly’ thinking that I had agreed with him. If it’s easy to fill a kettle then why are complaining about it being empty and you needing to fill it?”
A fourth user quipped: “And they wonder why some folk now prefer to work from home.”