They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But we can also invert this popular phrase. As the subreddit r/trashy has shown time and time again, a few words can be worth a thousand pictures as well.

Collecting evidence that suggests the human race might be degrading, the members of this online community have spotted plenty of evocative signs. Like the one saying, "Sunbathing and barbeques are not allowed in the cemetery. Please show respect." Or another, stating that "We don't spit on your floors. Don't spit on ours."

The mental images they put in your head... There must be so many monsters walking among us!

#1

Travel To Country And Complain About Bad English

Travel To Country And Complain About Bad English

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NsG
Community Member
10 months ago

I adore the passive-agressive "love you" at the end. Their English is perfect.

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#2

Take Your [poop] Home

Take Your [poop] Home

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Sheila Stamey
Community Member
10 months ago

This one just infuriates me!!

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We managed to get in touch with Ashley, a moderator of the subreddit, and they agreed to have a little chat with us. "It seems like people just like to piss other people off when they know they have an unpopular opinion," the Redditor told Bored Panda. "And others just don't have the mental capacity to realize when they're gross or out of line. Which leads to posting signs, bumper stickers, t-shirts and etc that just put their trashy thought process on display."

But even though the content on r/trashy can be quite off-putting, it still captivates and intrigues a large audience. "It's kind of like driving past a bad car accident. You know you probably shouldn't look, but you do anyway ... There's something about watching shi*** people being shi*** that's both infuriating and comical all at the same time."

#3

Found In London

Found In London

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Anime Panda
Community Member
10 months ago

F**k that person

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#4

People Won’t Stop Throwing Trash On Trees

People Won’t Stop Throwing Trash On Trees

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ʕ º ᴥ ºʔ
Community Member
10 months ago

Authoritree 😂

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#5

When Your Neighbor's Are Exhausted Of Your Fighting, It's Time To Reflect On Some Things (Not My Photo)

When Your Neighbor's Are Exhausted Of Your Fighting, It's Time To Reflect On Some Things (Not My Photo)

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Little Wolf
Community Member
10 months ago

This is really when its time to break up. When ur FUCKEN NEIGHBOURS give you a letter.

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As you might imagine, the moderators have to do plenty of 'policing' in a sub like this. "From racist, sexist, and homophobic comments to posts that are so trashy we would get our sub banned if we didn't remove it (think CP and other awful things that don't belong anywhere)," Ashley explained.

"Those kinds of things don't happen often, luckily, but I've seen a lot of unfortunate examples on this sub because, well, people are trashy. There's a difference between posting something for amusement's sake and posting something just to be horrible. It's a fine line, but it's still a line we don't cross here. We champion trashy content but don't tolerate trashy behavior from our subscribers. So most of what gets removed are just comments where people are just being assholes to each other. And occasionally, on the more controversial posts, we will have to lock the comment thread because there's just too much shit to sift through."

The moderators try their best to keep their sub a place where everyone can participate without feeling threatened. "It's a sh**show over here, but it's an inclusive sh**show. Which I think is part of the appeal."

#6

Mildly Infuriating That A Restaurant Would Need To Put A Sign Up Because Of Tiktoks

Mildly Infuriating That A Restaurant Would Need To Put A Sign Up Because Of Tiktoks

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Buren
Community Member
10 months ago

I would put the conveyor belt in dizzying speed anytime I see a phone

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#7

Stealing From A Self-Isolating, Vulnerable Neighbour

Stealing From A Self-Isolating, Vulnerable Neighbour

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Buren
Community Member
10 months ago

That is a new low

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#8

People Throwing Objects At A Dog And Scaring Him

People Throwing Objects At A Dog And Scaring Him

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Sheila Stamey
Community Member
10 months ago

Who could do that to the good boi? Shame! Shame!

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From a biological perspective, there's no question that the human race is still moving forward. Michael J. Dougherty, assistant director, and senior staff biologist at Biological Sciences Curriculum Study in Colorado Springs, for example, said that all changes in the gene frequencies of populations—and quite often in the traits those genes influence—are by definition evolutionary changes.

"The notion that humans might regress or 'devolve' presumes that there is a preferred hierarchy of structure and function—say, that legs with feet are better than legs with hooves or that breathing with lungs is better than breathing with gills. But for the organisms possessing those structures, each is a useful adaptation," Dougherty explained.

#9

If It's On The Porch, It Must Be Free!

If It's On The Porch, It Must Be Free!

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River Webb
Community Member
10 months ago

"ooh thats a nice doormat, it'll look great with my. decor! Lets just steal it..."

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#10

Let's Just Get This Out In The Open

Let's Just Get This Out In The Open

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Sum Guy
Community Member
10 months ago

Public service announcement

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#11

Found This In My Gym

Found This In My Gym

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smugdruggler
Community Member
10 months ago

Lol busted.

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But social degeneration is something different. "The great summit of declinism," according to writer Adam Gopnick, "was established in 1918, in the book that gave decline its good name in publishing: the German historian Oswald Spengler's best-selling, thousand-page work The Decline of the West."

Now, the belief that society going backward is especially popular in the UK. In a 2015 survey, 70% of Britons agreed with the statement that "things are worse than they used to be," even though at the time they were in fact "richer, healthier and longer-living than ever before".

#12

It Got So Bad They Had A Sign Made...

It Got So Bad They Had A Sign Made...

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Pearl
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

This is so disgusting it makes me want to cry. You can't do whatever you want with a masseuse. They're a professional doing their job. And that doesn't include giving you anything that isn't part of their job.

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#13

How Many People Died Before This Sign Got Put Up?

How Many People Died Before This Sign Got Put Up?

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Sum Guy
Community Member
10 months ago

So many dead people

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#14

Just Why

Just Why

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Sheila Stamey
Community Member
10 months ago

I'm so glad, for them and me, that the final judgement on this one isn't mine. This just hits a chord so deep.

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Interestingly, people are also trying to calculate it. There's this thing called the Social Progress Index (SPI), which measures the extent to which countries provide for the social and environmental needs of their citizens. It uses 54 indicators in the areas of basic human needs, foundations of well-being, and opportunity to progress, showing the relative performance of nations. 

In 2020, the United States continued to backslide, declining both in absolute terms and relative to its wealthy, world-power peers, ranking just 28th in social progress and is only one of three countries declining in social progress over the past decade.

So as much as we'd like to think these signs are just flukes, there might be some truth to them.

#15

Stealing The Sign Reporting Your Shoplifting

Stealing The Sign Reporting Your Shoplifting

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Adam C
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

LMAO.."F**k gotta take this one too"

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#16

Found This In My Apartment's Stairwell. Give Them Their Granny Back!

Found This In My Apartment's Stairwell. Give Them Their Granny Back!

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Chyppa Homer
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

Not to be insensitive, but why not keep grandma inside the apartment, so she wouldn't get - you know - stolen, or something

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#17

Local Thrift Store.

Local Thrift Store.

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~hUmMuS vIbEs~
Community Member
10 months ago

EW EW EW I saw this in another BP post and it never fails to amaze me how shitty people can be (literally).

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#18

The Fact They Even Needed To Put This Sign Up

The Fact They Even Needed To Put This Sign Up

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~hUmMuS vIbEs~
Community Member
10 months ago

*ghosts steal beach towel*

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#19

This Sign In A Minnesota Bathroom

This Sign In A Minnesota Bathroom

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SomeCrazyDogLover
Community Member
10 months ago

O_O

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#20

As Someone Who Just Started Their Own Little Outdoor Garden, I'd Be So Pissed

As Someone Who Just Started Their Own Little Outdoor Garden, I'd Be So Pissed

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Abhinc
Community Member
10 months ago

plants can be sooo expensive it's infuriating !!

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#21

Signs That Had To Be Put Up Around The 9/11 Memorial

Signs That Had To Be Put Up Around The 9/11 Memorial

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Abhinc
Community Member
10 months ago

this reminds me of all these shitty uncultured disrespectful people that take "cute" and "sexy" selfies in Auschwitz ... the level of insensitivity is pathetic and infuriating !!

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#22

My Local Vets Office...

My Local Vets Office...

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Bananic
Community Member
10 months ago

Omg.. this is super sad

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#23

They Actually Had To Post A Sign

They Actually Had To Post A Sign

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Pearl
Community Member
10 months ago

So..in normal weather they would accept it?

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#24

Someone Stole This Old Lady's Chair

Someone Stole This Old Lady's Chair

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LuckyL
Community Member
10 months ago

I am so mad just reading these posts - people are so terrible

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#25

A Note In The Elevator By Anon For A Downstairs Neighbor. Los Angeles, Ca.

A Note In The Elevator By Anon For A Downstairs Neighbor. Los Angeles, Ca.

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SZ
Community Member
10 months ago

Well said, now let's all go sharpen our pitchforks, just in case.

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#26

People Just Can't Have Nice Things Anymore

People Just Can't Have Nice Things Anymore

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James016
Community Member
10 months ago

Unfortunately the people stealing just don't care

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#27

I Think This Flyer That I Saw Recently Fits In This Sub

I Think This Flyer That I Saw Recently Fits In This Sub

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Buren
Community Member
10 months ago

But please don't post pictures of your children and other private information. This is dangerous

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#28

Stealing A Flag

Stealing A Flag

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Mazer
Community Member
10 months ago

Virtual hugs

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#29

Stopped At A Gas Station And Saw This Sign On The Entrance Door

Stopped At A Gas Station And Saw This Sign On The Entrance Door

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Anime Panda
Community Member
10 months ago

*Slowly slides $10 back into bra*

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#30

The Things Some People Need Told

The Things Some People Need Told

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Debbie Barnes
Community Member
10 months ago

I'm constantly amazed by how people even think it's okay to open a product and put it back.. I've seen this in supermarkets and I don't understand where this mindset even comes from....

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#31

A Sign At My Girlfriend’s Workplace. Unfortunately It’s A Common Occurrence, Enough To Warrant Signs Like This

A Sign At My Girlfriend’s Workplace. Unfortunately It’s A Common Occurrence, Enough To Warrant Signs Like This

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SomeCrazyDogLover
Community Member
10 months ago

Hahaha, love how there’s a diagram. That’s how stupid some people are

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#32

Sigh...

Sigh...

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Sum Guy
Community Member
10 months ago

As it should be

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#33

There Has To Be A Story Behind This

There Has To Be A Story Behind This

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Chucky Cheezburger
Community Member
10 months ago

Hooboy...thats a doozy.

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#34

My Neighbors Who Took A Delivery That Didn’t Belong To Them

My Neighbors Who Took A Delivery That Didn’t Belong To Them

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Todd
Community Member
10 months ago

Might not have been their fault. I once took a delivery they didn’t belong to me. The package of food from a restaurant had no address on it. I called the restaurant who wouldn’t tell me who ordered it nor would they send the delivery people back to deliver it properly. There are tons of townhouses here and I wasn’t going to go door to door knocking. I was alone with 3 small kids. So I let them eat it. Was good sushi. Eventually it seems the person who ordered it got my address from somebody because she came by asking for her food. I felt bad the kids already ate it and was pissed the restaurant or delivery company gave out my address. She was annoyed but I really did what I could to get the food to the right place. I just had no way of knowing who it belonged to. The restaurant actually told me in no uncertain terms not to take it anywhere as it’s a liability to them when this happens to have strangers take a delivery of food then redeliver it.

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#35

This Sign They Sadly Had To Post At Work

This Sign They Sadly Had To Post At Work

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Mazer
Community Member
10 months ago

I love that there is a new paint which when applied to the lower half of a building or whatever the frequent target is, the person urinating gets the urine splashed all over themselves.

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#36

This Sign

This Sign

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Paul Davis
Community Member
10 months ago

Always amazes me that the police can never seem to catch these guys. But everyone in the neighborhood sees them openly dealing every single damned day.

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#37

Our Dorm Building Only Has One Facilities Person To Clean, She Works So Hard Yet The People On My Floor Are Still Disgusting. I Can't Blame Her For Leaving This Note

Our Dorm Building Only Has One Facilities Person To Clean, She Works So Hard Yet The People On My Floor Are Still Disgusting. I Can't Blame Her For Leaving This Note

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Arianna Ibbotson
Community Member
10 months ago

Ew. Just ew

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#38

Sign On The Door Of The Brand New Dollar Store In My Neighborhood

Sign On The Door Of The Brand New Dollar Store In My Neighborhood

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LuckyL
Community Member
10 months ago

why would anyone be spitting inside? INSIDE? I don't even have the urge to do it outside - but INSIDE?

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#39

Found This Nice Note On The Laundry Room Door In My Girlfriends Apartment Building

Found This Nice Note On The Laundry Room Door In My Girlfriends Apartment Building

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Mazer
Community Member
10 months ago

I love that she asked “who raised you??” Rise above your raising people

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#40

At My Local College

At My Local College

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Mazer
Community Member
10 months ago

This is exactly why you never want to sit in a movie theater, bus, taxi, train, airplane, waiting room with shorts on. If you must wear shorts, bring a small towel as a barrier.

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#41

It Makes Me Worry Why There Is A Need For This Sign

It Makes Me Worry Why There Is A Need For This Sign

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Kira Okah
Community Member
10 months ago

I'm trying to think what game this references. Pokemon GO maybe?

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#42

The Fact That This Sign Was Needed On A Water Fountain

The Fact That This Sign Was Needed On A Water Fountain

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Mazer
Community Member
10 months ago

No words….none

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#43

You Know This Sign Was Only Put Up After Someone Grabbed A Fistful Of Potato Salad. Seen In Waldwick, Nj

You Know This Sign Was Only Put Up After Someone Grabbed A Fistful Of Potato Salad. Seen In Waldwick, Nj

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Buren
Community Member
10 months ago

I'm staying away from buffet now. My dog has much better manner.

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#44

The Fact There’s A Sign For It...

The Fact There’s A Sign For It...

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Sheila Stamey
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

And it's copyrighted! I'm so embarrassed on my error earlier. Oops! ( I had written it copywrited and bless you autocorrect, ya didn't catch that one did ya, nooooooo!)

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#45

This Sign

This Sign

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Mara Keiling
Community Member
10 months ago

Wait til you leave the store lol

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#46

It’s So Sad That This Has To Be A Sign There At All

It’s So Sad That This Has To Be A Sign There At All

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Robert T
Community Member
10 months ago

At some point are they going to start weighing people on the way in and on the way out and charge the for the cherries they have eaten on the way round?

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#47

Found At A Chinese Buffet. Imagine Being The Reason They Had To Put The Sign Up

Found At A Chinese Buffet. Imagine Being The Reason They Had To Put The Sign Up

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Chich
Community Member
10 months ago

Covid aside, I doubt I will ever go to a buffet again.

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#48

Sign On The Door Of The Corner Store By Me

Sign On The Door Of The Corner Store By Me

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Hilary Mol
Community Member
10 months ago

I need to know more about what caused this shop to include spear guns and bows & arrows.

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#49

Was Working On A Particularly Smelly Elevator In This Building When I Noticed This Sign

Was Working On A Particularly Smelly Elevator In This Building When I Noticed This Sign

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#AnimalLover 2024
Community Member
10 months ago

Not on the stairs, in the elevator :)

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#50

How Bad Was It That They Needed This Sign

How Bad Was It That They Needed This Sign

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John Bell
Community Member
10 months ago

They are gonna go out of business. Lol.

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