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Dealing with Condescending Buttheads: A Public Service Announcement


Hello everyone.  I hope all is well with you. I’m back today and I’m talking about dealing with people who annoy or irritate us. You know who they are, they’re either closet bullies or condescending buttheads. I don’t know about you, but I run into them everywhere, at work, at the grocery store, and on the highway. (Don’t even get me started about the highway.)

Anyway, I met some friends for lunch the other day and we got to chatting about someone who had annoyed Earlene (names have been changed to protect the innocent). I piped up and said, “Let’s toilet paper her house.”

Everyone laughed. They thought I was kidding, but I wasn’t. 😉

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I miss those days when I could suggest a form of retribution and everyone would be like: “Yeah. Let’s do it!” We’d all jump in the car and run to our homes and sneak out a couple of rolls of toilet paper each. Our parents had no clue. That’s a good thing.

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Now, we’re older and supposedly more mature. We’re supposed to turn the other cheek. That’s hard to do when someone is consistently nasty and we have to be around them all the time, for example, a co-worker, or even worse, a boss. That’s when things get dicey. How do we stand up for ourselves without crossing the line into insubordination?

I say toilet paper their house. Yes. Go for it. You can’t get caught, though, so you have to scheme, and scheme, and scheme some more. You must come up with an awesome plan.

It’s not an act of vandalism. It’s not even illegal. It might be considered littering…I’m not sure…so make sure you don’t get caught.

You’re not damaging anything and you’ll feel better afterward. Trust me, you will. There’s something about running into that person after the big event and they’re like all frantically gesturing. “Oh my God. Did you hear? Someone TP’d our house!”

And you. You’re cool as a cucumber. “Oh, I didn’t hear. Was it a big mess?”

“Yes! It took us an hour to clean it up!”

It’ll be hard to keep from bursting out laughing at this point because they have no clue who did this, but you do.This is an awesome feeling. Trust me, I know. Don’t ask how I know. I just do and let’s leave it at that.

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In my opinion, Maturity is overrated. Did you know depression affects 19 million Americans? That means almost 10% of our population is depressed at any given point in the year. At some point in their lives, depression will affect 10-25% of women and 5-12% of men. Depression has been called the “common cold” of mental illness.

I bet if we stopped taking it on the chin and started toilet papering the homes of bullies and buttheads these numbers would decrease dramatically.

The point I’m trying to make is that we need to stop being passive. If TPing is too radical for you, all you have to do is call the person out on their bad behavior. You can do this by using “I” messages.


I feel disrespected when you use that tone of voice. . . . . . .

I feel bullied…


But if those “I” messages don’t work…there’s always toilet paper. Some people may say this is “passive-aggressive” behavior, but who cares what they think! After all, we’re done being people pleasers, too. Just sayin’ 🙂

This has been another PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT. How do you handle it when you’re dealing with a bully or a butthead? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!


I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.

18 thoughts on “Dealing with Condescending Buttheads: A Public Service Announcement

  1. Never toilet papered a house, but I’ve done a car. Imagine trying to open the door. Wink. Great post, as always, Lisa! Cheers!

  2. I say, TP the boss’s house. There’s no way you can make fun of them…
    The rest of the bullies? Call them on it. “Did you just say that? Hahahaha!” No one likes to be called out, least of all a bully. Nothing works better than public humiliation. IT’S TRUE!!!

    Thanks for stopping by the party! There are a lot of bloggers to check out. Click to a few and tell them, “Susie sent me,” and they should click back here!

  3. Susie sent me and I’m so glad she did! She sure knows how to throw a wild party aka blogging goldmine!
    Now following your blog, Lisa and off to share.
    Hope this week treats you kindly! 🙂

  4. I usually ignore the person (a good book is GREAT for that!), but if they persist, then I call them out on it. Usually without raising my voice. Usually. (But, let’s just say that they stop 100% of the time when I “Yell” – I don’t really raise my voice much more than what I normally tell them off in: I just look angrier (guess why!) and speak faster with a harsher voice.) I think I’ve done that twice. Those people have never bothered me since. 😉

    Just as a note, it takes a very long time before I get to “Mean Erik” voice. Ignoring usually works. Bullies crave attention.

  5. This was priceless. Toilet papering a house can be construed as illegal if the asshole calls the cops on you as Trespassing. Do what I do, make exlax brownies. I totally agree, maturity is over rated. Sorry but I plan on being 6 years old even when I’m sent to live in the old age home. We only get to live once so why not enjoy it!

    1. Oh. I forgot about that trespassing thing…but I LOVE the idea of Ex-Lax Brownies! What an awesome idea. I’m going to have to try that sometime. He he..I’m with you on the six year old thing. I like six. It was a fun age. Who says we can’t go back. 🙂

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