Yesterday my receptionist came out of the restroom with the most perplexed look on her face. Imagine her surprise when she entered the washroom, only to be greeted with this:
For those who can’t read graffiti scratches, it says, “(name of our clinic) bitches are ugly”.
Aside from the annoyance of having graffiti in our bathroom that we now have to deal with, it’s an odd choice of insult. Our staff is, all things considered, quite attractive, so it’s not much of a blow.
Are they instead referring to the female dog clientele? They are pretty cute too.
I’m baffled. If someone really wanted to hurt us, they could have taken to yelp to complain to the larger general audience out in cyberspace, instead of lashing out in the relatively private confines of a restroom facility via Sharpie.
Mostly I’m disappointed in the lack of creativity. I mourn for today’s youth. What happened to “Your clinic is the rotting pestilence of a thousand carnivorous tsetse flies”, or “This clinic stinks like an abscessed anal gland”? At least I would have respected them, despite disagreeing. Or maybe they could have embraced the double meaning of bitch instead of just going for the popular definition. How common. The same concept with a bit more verve: “My bitch is cuter than these bitches!” Not the greatest, but still, this is up there with yo mamma jokes and “Oh yeah? Well, you’re a STUPIDHEAD!” in terms of gut-crushing impact. I went back over the day, trying to remember any surly 12 year olds I may have inadvertently upset, but none come to mind.
I wonder if James Herriot ever had someone graffiti his truck and tell him he was ugly.
When I first glanced at it I read it as ”Britney’s are ugly.” Misspelling Brittany. And then I was surprised anyone thought those beautiful dogs were ugly and maybe they lost in a dog pageant or something.
I think instead of removing it, take out the Sharpie and add to it. Maybe ”And their mothers dress them funny”.