Notes on Fictional Business

Do y’all have notes at work?


funny, but not what i mean

This is a thing. Like when you call the cable company, and you’re all, “My upstairs DVR doesn’t record channel 5,” and the guy says “Mrs. Mottern, we apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you and we will send you a new DVR overnight. You will receive your new DVR tomorrow. I’ve noted your account. Are you ready for the confirmation number?”

Cable Guy could be over there thinkin I’m an idiot bitch, and who the hell watches channel 5? — but he’s definitely not typing that in his notes.


Mr Hugh made an impromptu visit to the office for a thirty-five minute complaint about the weather. He believes we should work harder and faster to fix it. I informed Mr Hugh that the weather is equally important to us, and his best interests are also our best interests. I assured him we’re doing our very best to establish a clear path to sunshine. I showed him the lightning rods and cisterns we’ve installed as well as the sunglasses we’ve purchased for sunny days. I told him as soon as we’re in receipt of sunshine, I will send it out to him. After receiving his complimentary sunglasses, Mr Hugh was pleased and sends his best.



Woodchuck called to express appreciation for the sawdust we forwarded. He believes he could develop a greater relationship with our office. For our mutual benefit, he’s willing to chuck five, maybe even six logs at a time. He’d like a more exclusive agreement, and he has business cards.

Sent Symbiotic Relationship Contract and business cards to Woodchuck.



Jonas at Crooks n’ More called to inquire on the status of the fire and to offer his support in the burning. He asked what accelerants we’ve chosen. I informed him I’m not at liberty to discuss our choices. I suspect he will still bring his largest water hose.



Meeting with Ms Jones was strained. I scanned all of her pictures and asked her to sign our truthbook. I made a point of explaining we can only use original photos. She insists they are all hers, but nevertheless, she did remove the ones from magazines. I explained scrapbooking can take some time. She nodded along, but I think Ms Jones will require regular updates. I pointed out payment is due in full at the time of receipt, and went over the pricing. She was shocked at the expense of embossing and acid-free stickers and asked that we use staple guns and glitter glue instead. I assured her she will be pleased with the final product, regardless of cost. She signed our truthbook. I gave her some stationary and a fluffy blue pen as a token of our appreciation.



You see?

What is noted:

Per our September 24, 2016 request for orange juice, Maureen informed me she did, in fact, receive our oranges and juicer, but she didn’t know what to do with them. She said that the employee who knows what to do with them comes in on Wednesdays so she will mention the oranges and the juicer to her then. I told Maureen I would send shiny new oranges.

Sent Maureen shiny new oranges via Priority Mail


What I thought: 

I sent this bitch oranges four fuckin months ago and she’s just been sittin on her lazy ass, lettin them rot! She said a person with a brain will be in Wednesday and she will ask her if she knows how to juice. I stopped myself from asking if the brainy one has been in EVERY FUCKIN WEDNESDAY FOR THE LAST FOUR MONTHS?! Exactly how did Maureen get a job in the juicing department?!?

Sent Maureen MORE oranges!

I get paid to write nicely. I do not write nicely for free. Therefore, I blog.

Relatable or nah?


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57 Responses to Notes on Fictional Business

  1. orbthefirst says:

    “Sent Symbiotic Relationship Contract and business cards to Woodchuck.”

    Kind sounds like me every time I need to set up stuff with a new Doc. Lol

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  2. Yes. Very relatable. At times, I feel as though my head may spin off…and explode mid-air. 😉

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    On days when other people have the day off/sick/etc. I have to provide computer tech-support. You really want to avoid having a technical problem on those days. I’ll fix it, but I might remind you about the class where we taught you how to fix this, or the one where we taught you how to avoid this, or the one where we told you never to that thing that you did that caused this to happen. I do try to say it nicely, but I might have missed that class.

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  4. Ally Bean says:

    I like the if you can’t say something nice quote. I’ve been doing that very thing my whole life. Who knew?

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  5. I think you should have someone throw the rotten oranges at her head. That would probably work as a method of juicing the oranges.

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  6. John Holton says:

    A guy I worked with in Support got in trouble more than once for writing exactly what he felt in the contacts he was assigned. The classic one was when he suggested a client be “spanked! Really hard!” He was great with the clients on the phone, so he wasn’t fired…

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  7. Benson says:

    Yes Lawd. Very relatable. Hilarious as well. Telling someone to go stuff themselves and have them look forward to it is a knack acquired by experience; and I imagine you do it well.

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  8. Definitely relatable!

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  9. HaHA! I can rlate to this too! :-))

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  10. markbialczak says:

    Um, uh, yupper. In every job I’ve had, Joey, somebody has been able to make me think twice and be nice.

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  11. jan says:

    LOL – I’ve never worked at a place that had a juicing department! (I once interviewed a person for a job who put on her skills list that she knew how to use a stapler. So yes relatable)

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  12. marianallen says:

    Laugh? And laugh? Yes, you made me do that. 😀

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  13. I was a CSR for most of my working life, mostly dealing with “internal” customers – like the linemen or cable splicers who would call to the Bell Canada engineering department. The only time I was front and center with real live customers was when I worked at the billing department at a department store. But this was all way before computers and the recording of notes etc.

    So, I was going to say, I cannot relate.

    But then, just this afternoon as I was making notes in my mineral collection database, I caught myself waxing, shall we say, eloquently snide?

    The chances of anyone reading my remarks is just about nil. But it makes me feel better for having written it.

    What exactly is your line of work, if I may ask?

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  14. Never say exactly what you mean to people who have power over you, such as nurses at a hospital. The momentary satisfaction will NOT be enough to cover the future interactioins.

    The best solution is to become a writer of gory serial killer stories, with an endless need for stupid victims.

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    • joey says:

      I would never speak unkindly to a nurse! Nurses are ANGELS! — Although, I have, after leaving the hospital, written a very nasty letter regarding my evil sonogram man…

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  15. You’re on a roll here, and I’m laughing out loud. 🙂 So here in the condo building in SC, there are sixteen floors of condos but only one woman who feeds the hundreds of seagulls from her balcony on 16 so they can drop the bread and their bodily deposits on everyone else’s balcony. This week, a very politically correct sign goes up in the elevator asking everyone to ‘not’ feed the birds. Someone felt it was their duty to add – ‘that means you, crazy woman in 1608’. I think she probably got that message. 🙂

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  16. I like the nice/nicely quote, Joey. At the tea shop, we’ve a person who had a glass teapot for a year (or six months or some long time), who broke it and wanted her money back. Nicely, nicely. Bite tongue hard! And that’s just one example. The customer is NOT always right, but they too often try to take advantage. Trader Joe’s has a policy that if you don’t like something, you can bring it back for a refund. I’ve never done that, as I feel if I don’t like it, that’s my problem. But I’m sure it happens a lot. It’s just a good thing those little conversation bubbles don’t appear over our heads showing what we’re actually thinking!


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    • joey says:

      Unless said teapot has a warranty and she has a receipt, I think no money for her, so yes, nice it up for us both! When I break things, I buy new. This leads me to trying not to break my things. Too bad you can’t charge a fine for lack of common sense, eh?

      I read not too long ago that one of the major drug stores will take scantly-used make up back for a refund or an exchange, and I thought that was quite nice. Younger me would have liked that. Older me reads ingredients and avoids rashes 😉

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  17. This made me laugh, and reminded me of why I only stayed at my electric company call center job for 6 months. When angry customers called about extended power outages, I would make up my own stories. It got to be pretty creative, the goal was just to get them to stop yelling and hang up the phone. We were monitored often, and I was surprised no one ever challenged my “methods”. We all understand that customer service requires some diplomacy, nice words, patience. I was old enough at the time that I ignored all that, and had fun with it.

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    • joey says:

      Sounds absolutely charming! Perhaps sometime you could share a tall tale with us?

      Everyone in the office reads everyone’s notes. Sometimes they do talk about mine and lol, but I assure you, all my notes are extremely professional while communicating my euphemistic engagement.
      The funner ones to read are the ones where someone has heard one side of a heated conversation. For imaginary example, “JM repeatedly informed the client that she has no control over time and space and offered to send Beaker the Muppet…” Those are funny to read later on down the road 😛

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  18. Laura says:

    It always cracks me up when I’m listening to the clickety-click of the keyboard and the call rep is all “I’m noting this in your account.” All I can think is “oh really? Are you noting that this is the third time I’ve called? And that if you all would get off your asses and actually FIX this then you wouldn’t have to listen to me bitch and moan about it.” Maybe I should start sending my own “notes” on the calls…

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  19. lol. I once worked somewhere that had clients…if there was a black circle beside the client’s name, it represented ***hole.

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  20. reocochran says:

    Hilarious choices of retorts or other unprofessional reactions to the random, strange behaviors that co-workers participate or Do!! 😀

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  21. darsword says:

    Laughed so hard I had to read this aloud so my hubby wouldn’t think I was crazy-er. He loved them, too. Both of us office folks who have had to write plenty of NICE notes.

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  22. larva225 says:

    Notes are brilliant. They are the perfect vessel for passive-aggressive, often anonymous bitchiness cloaked in appropriate language. I really love a good note.

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  23. LOL! That’s hilarious, and yes I can relate!

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