Passive-aggressive note about noise divides internet but some think it’s polite


A passive-aggressive note from one neighbour to another about a noise complaint has divided the internet as some think it’s polite, but others think the writer went a step too far

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A man received a passive-aggressive letter that has divided the internet

A passive-aggressive note about a noise complaint has divided the internet – as some say the outraged resident went too far.

In the note, one neighbour is complaining to another about a noise complaint, and the complainer asks if the music player realises how loud their bass is.

Then they say they use the words ‘lives’ and ‘matters’, and now the note has sparked a heated debate about racism – as many believe those words are a reference to the BLM movement.

A Twitter user shared a snap of the letter online and asked his followers if they could see where the racist remark was, but some said they thought the letter was fine, even polite.



Some say the letter is racist, but others disagree




What do you think about the letter? Let us know in the comments…

The note, shared by @ElPapishow, reads: “Last night you once again decided to play very loud music from before midnight. This carried on til the early morning of Saturday.

“I am not sure if you realise that the bass sound of the loud music permeates through the walls, ceiling, and floor of your apartment and makes it very difficult for us to sleep.

“I hope you understand and appreciate this very genuine grievance of your neighbours.

“We sincerely respect your ‘lives’ and space, and genuinely believe that it ‘matters’. Hope similarly you can respect our lives and the environment that we chose to live in too.”

The man posted the letter on Twitter, and asked his followers “Can anyone spot the racism or is it us?”

Soon, social media users flocked to the post to share their views on the letter.





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One said: “People are missing the fact that more than one thing can be true here. Yes, the receiver could have been too loud and inconsiderate.

“HOWEVER that doesn’t mean you send a letter with racial puns in it. The last paragraph was unnecessary and cowardly. The letter was fine without it.”

Another said: “To those saying this isn’t racist, or questioning whether or not it is, do you think that last paragraph would have been included or phrased like that if the recipients of the letter were white?”







A third added: “The racism jumped out in the last paragraph. The way it is all underlined and the fact they put ‘lives’ and ‘matters’ in quotations marks is pure racism.”

But others thought the letter wasn’t too bad, and said that the noise was the bigger issue.

One said: “Nope not racist one bit, if anything it’s asking for mutual respect.

“Can people like you stop blaring racism at every chance you get. Direct racism for sure do so but this is not racism.”

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