• Michelle

    LOL. oh snap

  • LOL passive aggressive extremism!

    • madmonk28

      Is it passive aggressive? It seems just aggressive and maybe well deserved.

      • Tim

        Has the letter writer actually knocked on their door and talked to them about it? If not, I’d say it’s passive.

        • anonymous

          Why should the neighbor talk to them? It’s NOT like it’s something that ONLY the neighbor is aware of or have discovered that the culprits had NO clue was going on. Now if this was posted day 1 of the storm then- yeah OP is a jerk. But If this is days later–You shouldn’t have to knock on anyone’s door.

          • They don’t have to talk to them. Tim only mentions it because that’s generally the delineation attached to something being “passive aggressive”…when you use a note to confront someone rather than doing it personally.

        • Kate

          They can’t get up to the door- the sidewalk isn’t shoveled…

          • rgmwdc


      • Guillermo Brown

        I don’t think a lot of college students know that clearing the sidewalk is required by law, or even that it’s decent human behavior. They’re college students.

        • GBinCH

          If they’re college students, they’re most likely renting. In which case, it’s not their obligation but their landlords.

          • caroline_petworth

            as a renter for the past 7 years in DC its pretty common sense to shovel your side walk. Its simply a decent thing to do.

          • annonny

            Depends on what their lease says. But the landlord would hypothetically be the one fined, if DC actually did that.

          • Yeah this is definitely a lease specific thing. When I was renting some said I was responsible, others simply did not mention it. Whatever you agree to when you sign will determine who’s liable.

          • See the ordinance below. That simply isn’t the law. They can fine either the landlord or the occupant, or both. The lease doesn’t change the ordinance. The law says anyone who owns or occupies the property can be held responsible. Common decency says don’t sit on your ass and wait for the snow fairies to come help the people struggling across your unshoveled sidewalk.

        • PetworthAdam

          That’s a pretty low standard for college students. In a year they are going to be your accountant, lawyer or doctor but they can’t figure out that ice on sidewalks is bad when everyone else has been outside shoveling for days. They know, they just don’t care.

  • Anonamom

    I guess Social Justice doesn’t extend to shoveling snow?

    • Anon


      • MMMkay

        Probably walk on top of the snow.

        • Mamasan


    • HaileUnlikely

      It is a fine institution of higher learning, full of young people who are inordinately strong on the theory but not so much on the application (schools of nursing and social work excepted).

    • no

      Go home troll.

  • andy

    rather than write up a sign, just get out your shovel and clear their sidewalk . . . by shoveling the snow and ice into their driveway.

    • Not really sure how that helps, but creates more animosity.
      If it bothered the author so much, why not knock on their door and remind the residents that they’re sidewalk has not been cleared or just take the hour it took you to ponder your words and clear it yourself?

      • HaileUnlikely

        Well…if he shovels it himself, he has to put it somewhere. And putting it on the adjacent property strikes me as more appropriate than throwing it into the road.

      • anonymous

        I actually texted the LL that owns the home next door to me and told him that his property was the only one on the block that was not shoveled. He responded a little later saying that the tenants said they shoveled a path. I then sent him a picture. About a half hour later I heard the tenants outside shoveling.

      • AG

        Why should you shovel the sidewalk of someone too lazy to do so? Seems like you’d be rewarding the laziness. I’m all for helping neighbors who can’t shovel or doing something out of a sense of neighborliness but we shouldn’t reward takers. And “remind them”??? Like the thick layer of ice or pile of snow in front of their house isn’t enough of a reminder? Yeah, ask them flat out to shovel their walk, but after that, the driveway is fair game.

        • HaileUnlikely

          I’m not sure I agree that shoveling rewards the laziness of the owners or tenants who don’t shovel. They demonstrably do not care whether the sidewalk in front of their house is shoveled, in which case I fail to comprehend how it would be that somebody else shoveling it would register as a “reward” in their minds. More like “let their lazy asses off the hook,” except that they’re not really on the hook, because DC doesn’t enforce shoveling laws. Thus, I think if anybody takes on the burden of shoveling their sidewalk for them, which shouldn’t be necessary, those who reap the benefits are everybody who walks by, probably including the person doing the shoveling, but probably not the people who live there and come and go by car and don’t care about the sidewalk.

    • HaileUnlikely

      This is an excellent idea. I’ve actually been thinking about just carrying around a shovel with me all day for the next couple of days, and whenever I reach a sidewalk or bus stop that is still covered in snow and ice, instead of getting all worked about it, just shoveling that sh!t, and depositing it on the property of the losers that didn’t shovel it themselves.

  • TinkerTaylor

    Best part is that someone +1’d the sign.

    • oh2dc

      That is funny. I missed that at first. Thanks.

  • Philippe Lecheval

    These people must be unfamiliar with the behavioral characteristics of the average college student of this generation.

    • jt21

      I fixed that sentence for you:

      These people must be unfamiliar with the behavioral characteristics of the average college student.

    • Anon

      I was a student at AU during Snowmaggedon in 2010, and I can assure you, all the kids who lived in group houses there shoveled their sidewalks. We even shoveled our neighbors because they were elderly.

      • Duponter

        Anecdotes are not empirical evidence.

        • [rrrrr]

          Neither are snide remarks about “this generation.”

  • mark miller

    Yeah if you can dig your car and driveway out and you don’t spend 20 minutes doing the sidewalk, you’re a jerk.

    • dckenny

      if you criticize people for NOT shoveling something that doesn’t belong to you (convent) in an UNSIGNED LETTER while ALSO NOT SHOVELING it…makes you the biggest jerk on the block.

      • jen

        nope. not at all. this whole “you’re worse for writing a note than the people who didn’t do their job in the first place” crap has got to stop.

        • dckenny

          you’re ostensibly wrong – sorry. i mentioned the convent. the convent is not their job. or, IF it is, it is all the neighbors’ job. this person wrote a note criticizing, in part, something that they didn’t do themselves while being anonymous. this whole “you can yell at people for no reason while being a hypocrite” crap has got to stop.

          • dcd

            I don’t think “ostensibly” means what you think it means.

        • dckenny

          please read, next time

          • Ok, we get it, you don’t like “if you’re so Catholic, why don’t you shovel out the nuns too?” Hardly gives them a pass for not shoveling their own walk. The fact that they went out there and dug out their cars but didn’t bother with the walk is a pretty big F you to the neighbors.

          • dckenny

            Sure, and I agree. But its not just, “if you’re so Catholic…” It’s “get off your lazy ass” and i’m criticizing you for not doing something but I didn’t do it and I just want to yell at you. It makes the writer look like an ass. I’m not absolving the sidewalk issue. But, come on, that’s an awful, awful way to go about making your point. “let me mention something semi-tangential because it fits my narrative but also I’m going to call myself a lazy ass” okay. i guess.

        • textdoc

          I don’t understand why the note-writer mentioned the convent, but that doesn’t invalidate his/her complaint about how the residents of this house shoveled their cars/driveway but not the sidewalk.

          • dckenny

            you’re right. it does not. But, the person is a giant hypocrite for doing do. Calling someone lazy for doing something you yourself were too lazy to do? stick with the sidewalk. Because they happen to attend a Catholic school, the convent is their responsibility and not the note-writer?

      • Nicky

        Do we know the letter writer didn’t shovel it? Perhaps this is the same convent that was posted, I think, in PoP the other day with a photo of nuns out shoveling. (I saw that somewhere and it looked like it was near Monroe St Market.) In any case, I went to Annie’s right there at Lawrence and 8th yesterday afternoon and actually mentally noted that the students had not shoveled the sidewalk (this was at about 4:15) and I was forced to walk from their shoveled driveway out into the street. I was mildly annoyed.

  • I wouldn’t have had the guts to write this, but I wholeheartedly support it.

    • dcd

      It’s unsigned – not sure it took a lot of guts.

    • dckenny

      the writer of the note said get off your lazy ass and chastised them for not shoveling the convent. apparently, they were too lazy to get off their ass and do it too. i don’t wholeheartedly support uncourageous hypocrisy, but hey

      • west_egg

        “uncourageous hypocrisy”
        I don’t see that here. All I see is your failure to (1) understand the irony in a group of Catholic University students failing to help out the nuns across the street, and (2) understand that it’s a whole lot easier for a *group* of college students to move two feet of snow off a sidewalk than it is for an individual, presumably older and therefore less able neighbor.

  • Pixie

    People that shovel their driveways and front steps are the worst! I fully support this sign.

  • d

    I usually dislike passive aggressive notes, but this one does a great job explaining why the shame is well deserved and strikes the right tone at the end. Kudos to the writer. Shame on the students.

    • dckenny

      the part where they call them lazy in part for not shoveling the convent when they hadn’t done so either? ah yes, uncourageous hypocrisy is the right tone. right.

  • Kenny

    a couple thoughts as a recent CUA grad who’s had more than a few friends live at that house/block

    1) they absolutely should have shoveled.
    2) they deserved the sign

    3) whoever wrote it is ridiculous. they go to CUA so they are responsible for the convent? why didn’t you shovel the convent? its their responsibility, but not yours? just because they go to a catholic school? I think criticizing someone for not doing something when…YOU didn’t do it either is a bad look, especially when you don’t have the courage to put your name on the paper.

    grow up.

  • Anon

    When I was a renter in DC my landlord was responsible for snow shoveling. Obviously they could do it themselves regardless of who is officially responsible, and that would be the responsible thing to do, but they are college students. The vitriol might be properly directed at their landlord.

    • The OP Anon

      Depends on the lease. The lease on my old group house stated that we – as the renters – were responsible for shoveling the front stairs, pathway, and adjacent sidewalk. If any fines were incurred, the landlord would pass those costs along to us. The landlord even provided the house with a snow shovel and a bag of salt.
      I think it’s a fair stipulation and I signed that lease.
      If the lease does not specify, then the responsibility falls to the landlord. But most leases I’ve seen leave the task to the renters.

      • Duponter

        That isn’t necessarily true either. I rented in a condo building and our management company for the building did it as the owners paid for that as part of their condo fees. And, at the end of the day, you have no idea if these college students are required by their lease to do it. So perhaps the sign should be mailed to the landlord.

        Granted, that doesn’t absolve the college students of the moral obligation some feel they have, but I would be the first to ignore a sign someone wrote telling me what my moral obligation was to do something.

  • CPT_Doom

    Perhaps that would be a good route to take with the homeowners on Vermont Ave, NW, between S and T Sts., that didn’t bother to shovel the sidewalks that run along the back of their property along 11th St, NW, while clearing off the sidewalk in front.

  • mike miller

    As CUA students they don’t own, nor are they responsible for shoveling the sidewalk. That is the property owner’s responsibility. I’m willing to bet the students would be happy to take a reduction in rent if the owner wants them to do his job.

    • textdoc

      Their lease should specify whether they or the landlord are responsible for snow shoveling. But given that they managed to dig out their cars and driveway themselves, it seems like a jerk move for them not to have taken the extra time to do the sidewalk too.

    • Anon

      While that might technically be true, they’re still jerks if they shoveled their driveway, but not the sidewalk. My lease says the same thing, but I shoveled because I recognized my landlord couldn’t possibly do it herself from another city and I don’t want my elderly neighbors to slip on my sidewalk. Just because you’re a renter doesn’t mean you should completely disconnect from your community and not be considerate of others.

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      • rgmwdc


    • That’s not correct. Tenants are responsible and can (and should) be fined. “It shall be the duty of every person, partnership, corporation, joint-stock company, or syndicate in charge or control of any building or lot of land within the fire limits of the District of Columbia, fronting or abutting on a paved sidewalk, whether as owner, tenant, occupant, lessee, or otherwise….” DC Code 9-6-1.

      • Typo. 9-601.

      • mike miller

        The statue you cited clearly says the person “in charge or control” of the property is responsible. Legally tenets don’t have a controlling interest nor are they in charge of it.

        As textdoc points out the owner could have included in the lease that the renters are responsible for property maintenance including shoveling which would have put them on the hook.

        • Anonymous

          In my field of law “control” would include “possession.” Willing to be proved wrong wrt DC Shovel Law.

        • I really don’t think it can get much clearer than “tenant or occupant,” which is right there in the text. You say tenants aren’t responsible. The ordinance says they are.

          • mike miller

            Again, the “whether as” statement is a clarification term wrt the lease obligations.

          • I’ve been a lawyer for a long time now. I think not. Not only should you not be a jerk to your neighbors, you actually have a duty not to.

        • Anon

          mike miller, I don’t think you know what the term “control” means in this context. Here’s a hint: it doesn’t mean controlling interest. That’s a term of art that means something else entirely. — Another lawyer.

  • jdc

    So, i think this is kind of ridiculous. What’s the end goal here, get the sidewalk clear, or get revenge thru shaming a neighbor?
    Go knock on their door and remind them of their obligations. Offer to help. Shaming someone doesn’t get the sidewalk cleared any faster. Personal interaction does. If someone is too gutless to go talk to their neighbor to try and resolve an issue, then they have no business talking smack about them in public. It takes a village, people…and villages deal with shit as a village, not thru ranting letters posted in an offender’s neighborhood.

    • jen

      how many doors of neighbors have you knocked on? and how many have given you a positive response? i see this kind of comment all the time, but it’s simply not true that it’s as easy as that.

      • jdc

        Two to each side of me, and the one directly across the street. The response has been anything from indifferent to ‘cool, we’ll sell you girl-scout cookies’ and ‘here’s a beer’. because you know, decent people being decent people is sort of what people are supposed to do?

        I’m from the south. This kind of shit, introducing yourself to neighbors, being generally “neighborhly” and dealing with conflict within a community head-on is part of my DNA. I regularly shovel out our elderly neighbor during any snowfall, in addition to helping others who aren’t as young and nimble as I am dig out their cars.

        Nice try though…

        • The Authorities

          You’re from the South? People will shoot you for trying to help. Never try to help people in a gun-soaked part of the country: http://abcnews.go.com/US/good-samaritan-shot-killed-driver-stuck-snow-police/story?id=36462969

          • jdc

            yeah, I heard about that. I’m from about 2 hours northwest of catawba county. Still isn’t going to stop me from doing the right thing, regardless of where I am. I’m certainly not trying to defend whoever left their sidewalks unshoveled, but is it really so hard to go introduce yourself and explain the situation in person?
            I know there’s a lot of insecure, socially awkward, ill-adjusted people in this city…all it takes is putting yourself out there. Trust me, you’ll feel a lot better about life if you just embrace the world and the people around you with open arms and direct dialogue.

  • anon

    Agreed that the non-shovelers are a-holes (am I allowed to post that on PoP?), but the note would make me so mad that I wouldn’t want to do a damn thing. Even if I’d planned to shovel the sidewalk the next day, I’d be tempted to sit on my butt just to further annoy the note writer.

    It’d be better if the note writer simply knocked on their door or wrote a courteous reminder. If those didn’t work, I’d report the address to the city and try to get it ticketed.

    • ShovelTime

      This is the United States of America. Knocking on someone’s door to talk to them about something they didn’t do will get you shot. Never knock on random people’s doors. This is not a civilized country. People will shoot you for asking for help after a car accident, let alone for you scolding them.

    • The OP Anon

      Glad that you’re willing to admit to being a petty person and endanger others just to make a point.
      So dumb.

  • dckenny

    the person who wrote this sign as, as admitted, a neighbor. Said person criticizes them for not doing the convent. this also makes the writer of a sign a neighbor of the convent.

    the person who wrote this sign couldn’t be more of a hypocrite for that comment. why didn’t you do the convent, huh? philanthropy for thee but not for me? grow up. you had legitimate complaints and you lost me with that part. criticize someone for something you also refused to do, while lacking courage to sign your name or address, is not a good look. i mean, after all, there’s an Ace right there, right?

    someone who has shoveled that driveway before.

    • Duponter

      You’ve said this about 20 times already. We get it.

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    • PetworthAdam

      Do you live at 730 Lawrence? Be honest.

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        • dckenny

          i live in petworth too, adam. I also knew/know a lot of the neighbors there.

  • anon

    Using Catholic guilt. My mother would be proud.

  • jim_ed

    Weak effort. Everyone knows that if you want to get a Catholic’s attention you have to nail your note to their front door.

    • textdoc

      Nicely done, jim_ed. :)

    • T

      +1 ha!

    • KenyonDweller

      Good one!

    • Anon

      Too soon.

      • textdoc

        498+ years isn’t long enough?

    • saf

      After you climb the steps on your knees.

  • Anon

    This will not come as a surprise to anyone who is familiar with this block in Brookland. It’s like Frat Row-trash everywhere, people yelling at all hours of the night, cars parked on sidewalks, etc. Glad I don’t live around here anymore.

    • Anon

      I agree! I think this note comes from a deeper rooted frustration with this house and they way they treat the entire neighborhood. While I don’t think this tactic was the best way to getting what you want (and lol – the nuns are not their responsibility), I can’t help but think that this was the last straw for this neighbor.

  • Boom

    What a way to show what the neighborhood is about. Maybe next time walk the extra 20 steps to their door and have a conversation with them about the issue as opposed to posting a passive aggressive letter to their gate (likely in the middle of the night). Now that sidewalk will, likely, never be shoveled as long as that group of students lives there.

  • JohnSnow

    This snow shaming business is out of control. People don’t know the circumstances that may (or may not) contribute to someone not shoveling their sidewalk. And since it is against the law not to shovel your sidewalk within X, let the enforcement officials handle it, consider its their responsibility and not yours. Mind your own business and quit worrying about other people and let the proper authorities handle the issue.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Although I could be completely wrong, I would speculate that the letter-writer probably did not travel here from some far-away place for the sole purpose of scolding the occupants of this house, but rather was walking by and wished to traverse this section of sidewalk and found it dangerous to do so because of its condition. I can buy the “let the authorities handle it” part, though you and I both know that the authorities will not, however, “mind your own business” doesn’t fly when your failure to do your business interferes with my ability to safely do my business.

      • textdoc

        +1. “Let the enforcement officials handle it” is a not a reasonable option when we all know that D.C. does virtually no enforcement in this area.

        • AnonJohn

          DC does virtually no enforcement in any area that cannot be automated (except parking)!

    • The Authorities

      This snow shammers snow shaming has gotten out of hand. Why don’t you mind your own business?

  • anon

    i have fantasized about leaving a note like this for the house across the street from mine. corner lot, so yes, you have quite a lot of sidewalk to shovel. that’s a small price to pay for the benefits of a corner lot. but these folks shoveled the path to their house, their steps, and the smallest portion of public side walk they possibly could to reach their car, leaving 95% of the sidewalk untouched. it’s a busy street so we don’t ever interact with them, so i haven’t said anything. it’s tough to have your first interaction be to scold them for not shoveling. now i want to leave them a note…

    • anon Mt P

      Maybe you live near me, because the corner house down the block has done the same thing, and it drives me batty. They recently bought a corner house in Mt. Pleasant (so would have the funds to hire shovelers if they’re not physically able themselves), and are couple in their 30s who were able to shovel their steps and the short length of sidewalk (so likely are physically able), but not the long length, leaving half the block impassably icy.

  • DRC

    If I got a note like this when I was in college, by the next day, my whole front yard would be bare grass and the sidewalk would have a 6 foot tall pile of snow on it. But hey, I always lived on campus at UMD and we were damn lucky if the school would shovel the sidewalks.

    • Duponter

      Sounds about right from a Terp.

    • Anon Spock

      So instead of doing the little work you are required to do, you’ll do 3x times the work to spite the neighbor? That is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard all week.

    • Lisa

      We sure would have had a good laugh about the note and hung it on the Wall of Sad. Maybe come up with an equally verbose, mostly irrelevant, bulleted snarky response with variable font sizes. Then shoveled. And shoveled the convent too.

  • samanda_bynes

    this is horsesh*t to an extent. By living in cities and tightly populated areas, we do indeed tacitly consent to a more collectivist, more social environment. This entails a lot of stuff, and communal awareness is one of them (i.e shoveling, picking up dog poop, throwing away trash). But, the fact of the matter is that in this type of situation, complaining is such a waste of time. Bring it up to them, “enlighten” them about this new collective mentality, or just do it yourself. You also entered into a communal environment, and when one of the unit puts in less, others put in more. If you’re complaining about that, complain about welfare why you’re at it. It’s just the life we’re in.

  • Anon

    Passive-aggressive white people.

  • Mikey

    I actually lived in this house from 2003-2005 and the Land lord was in charge of shoveling the sidewalk, I am pretty sure that is pretty standard across lease agreements. He was in charge of all lawn maintenance. So I actually don’t think this was the students responsibility, also if someone fell and sued because of the sidewalk it would be on the Land Lord not the students. In the end this author got famous on social media which is the number one priority in people’s lives, common sense and taking a second to think about who is actually responsible comes a distant second.

    • textdoc

      “In the end this author got famous on social media which is the number one priority in people’s lives” — Come on. If that were the author’s goal, he/she could have bypassed the note stage and contacted the Prince of Petworth directly.
      And even when people contact the Prince directly, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they want to be “famous on social media.” Sure, sometimes people just want validation, rather than wanting to solve a problem. But the PoPville blog addresses the joys and frustrations of city life, and often serves as a helpful resource for people trying to figure out what to do in a particular situation.
      When people don’t shovel their sidewalks, it’s a problem, even if we might disagree as to the best ways of remedying that problem.

    • anon

      so, when you lived in the house, you didn’t shovel because it was the landlord’s responsibility? did he actually get it done, or did you leave the sidewalks a mess because it technically wasn’t your responsibility?

      • Mikey

        In all honesty we were in college so we didn’t get up till probably 10:30, 11 so I think the two times we had snow storms when we lived there the landlord was out there with a snowblower and salt before we even woke up. It’s not like we were purposely being lazy it was just part of our lease agreement. We didn’t mow the lawn either and sometimes it got unsightly high but we didn’t own a mower, it was the land lords responsibility. Also the Hardware store wasn’t there it was a Catholic bookstore and I am sorry we barely had enough money to pay our power bills let alone buying snow shovels in case it ever snowed. Also please remember people’s mentality, every year prior to that I was either in an apartment or living on campus. When it snowed I wasn’t thinking about shoveling. The author of the note along with other commenters needs to stop being so pessimistic, you are acting like the students sat there and thought lets really screw our neighbors and not shovel the sidewalk. I am pretty sure there was no malicious intent here.

  • navyard

    Another way might be: knock on their door and ask them if they would like to pay you to shovel their sidewalk. At least that will open a dialog to understand if they think someone else is responsible for it.

    As for the Catholic Guilt and shoveling the convent – yep, they should shovel it or get guilted for not having done it. Why? because they are Catholic school students and that’s just how it works. You look after your nuns. period. Source: I’m a former Catholic high school student.

  • Rather than $25 fines that seem to have been waived, I wish that the city would just start sending crews out to do the shoveling for all those who didn’t do so within a day or two, charging homeowners an exorbitant amount to do so. Then, either way, the sidewalk is shoveled.

    • Duponter

      The owner of the property (the city) actually shovels the snow off its property and then charges the homeowner who doesn’t own the property for failing to remove snow off property they don’t own?

      Lemme guess…you’re feeling the Bern?

      Why not have the city shovel all sidewalks and everyone pay it in the form of taxation like we do with basically every other service? God knows that sounds more efficient than assuming every individual property owner in a city will by sheer threat of $25 spend hours shoveling 3 feet of snow away.

      • Anon Spock

        Because that takes away from snow removal, street cleaning, and trash pickup post storm. We’ve brought in contractors from all over, and some places still aren’t plowed. We just don’t have the manpower to shovel sidwalks. It’s a small price to pay to live in a city. Even on corner lots, it’s a rare occurrence here…a few times a year tops.

        • CHGal

          So clearing streets is an essential city service, but sidewalks aren’t? Why draw the line there? Why not make each homeowner/business responsible for the street in front of their property? This is a city. Although no one seems to recognize it, sidewalks are also a part of our infrastructure.

          • Anon Spock

            This should be obvious but…average people don’t have access to tons of salt, plows, bobcats, etc, therefore, it makes more sense to leave that responsibility with the city. Sidewalks are typically smaller and require nothing extraordinary to clear them (you’re going to shovel your steps/front/driveway anyway in most cases).
            You’re correct this is a city which is why you’re expected to reasonably contribute to its upkeep. Shovel a bit of sidewalk so the city can get do what they’re best equipped to do like plow streets. Do you find this idea to be unreasonable?

          • CHGal

            I helped many neighbors shovel even though my home sidewalk is cleared by my management company, so please don’t suggest I think everyone shouldn’t do their share. I do think it’s dumb that all efforts are put back into roads so “everyone can get back to work” when my commute is up to the whims of neighbors who can’t be bothered and a city that can’t even bother to fine them for breaking the law.

    • The OP Anon

      They should allow ANC reps to issue tickets for not clearing the snow. They know the neighbors and can marshal resources if it is truly a disabled or elderly person who cannot remove the snow.
      And frankly, they should up the fine to $25 per linear foot of frontage. That will kick people into action. The city can easily afford to pay out-of-work guys and kids $20/hour to shovel with the revenue raised by ticketing (and still turn a big profit).

  • eggs

    If they’re college students, I genuinely wonder if they just didn’t know that they were supposed to do the sidewalk too. I can say that when I was in college this would never have crossed my mind. What if this is their first winter in DC living in a place where this is a requirement (not in a dorm/apartment building/etc where you’ve never had to deal with this)? We can all criticize and look at this as an obvious thing that they need to take care of, but we’re looking at it with the benefit of years of experience with these things. I think it would have been much better for the note writer to simply knock on their door and explain, or if they felt uncomfortable speaking in person, writing a note and leaving it on their door saying “I’m not sure if you’re aware, but DC requires that all sidewalks be cleared after a snowstorm. You may want to shovel your walk to avoid a ticket.”

    • textdoc

      Very reasonable comment.

    • DEDS

      Also to a college student shovels are unaffordable!

  • Anon

    Clenchometer rating: 9 – “cubic zirconia”

  • Resident of 730 Lawrence

    We just reviewed a copy of our lease. In the lease no where does it state that we are responsible for this area of the sidewalk. Yes, we should have shoveled there but we did not fully think this out. We are college students who have just moved off campus for the first time this year. We are still trying to figure everything out. Cut us a break. Thanks for all the trouble. We had news crews at our house all afternoon asking for comments and interviews. Pretty outrageous, unprofessional, and immature when a simple knock on the door would have done the trick. The creator of this forum and note owes us, the residents of 730, an apology. Very unprofessional, Brookland.

    • Anon


    • You might have pulled this off if you hadn’t demanded an apology from everyone pointing out that you were being an ass by shoveling everything except the sidewalk. “My bad – just didn’t think of it” might have worked. “How dare you call me out, when there was no clause in my lease explaining to me that I shouldn’t be an ass?” Yeah, not so much.

      • textdoc

        Agreed. “I didn’t know — I’m sorry” is the appropriate response here, not “I didn’t know AND HOW DARE YOU CALL ME OUT ON IT! EVERYONE OWES _ME_ AN APOLOGY!”

    • transplanted

      “The creator of this forum and note owes us, the residents of 730, an apology.”

    • Marty

      did you shovel?

    • 30-something

      Haha! This perfectly captures the coddled, alfluenza-afflicted millenila generation. “We were totally rude and thoughtless and inconsiderate, which is someone else’s fault for not telling us how to act. Furthermore, we are offended that someone called us out on our behavior. We await the world’s apology.”
      It’s grown up time, y’all. If you’d posted to say, “We didn’t know. Sorry. We have now shoveled the sidewalk. Next time, we would appreciate a knock on the door.” Then EVERYONE would cut you a break.

      • textdoc


    • Anon

      Based on this comment, I can see why you didn’t get a knock on the door. Pretty sure person would have been greeted with a defensive explanation about how not your responsibility and how dare they tell you what you have to do.

  • V

    This is the most passive aggressive sh*t ever. I hate these note people. I hope they never get invited to anything on the block ever again


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