Passive aggression in Malta is as plentiful as it is enduring, it seems, after a savage DIY sign warning a Birkirkara neighbourhood not to litter was put up all over following efforts to remove it.
Last month, passers-by noticed a (perhaps not so passive) aggressive handwritten sign in the corner of the narrow Triq Vittorio Cassar, with a five-word warning to everyone around written in Maltese.
Loosely translated, the sign reads: “If I catch you throwing trash here, you’ll either swallow it, or I’ll twist your body”.
After photos of the sign went viral, sources told Lovin Malta that officials from the Birkirkara Local Council had reportedly descended onto the scene to remove the aggressive sign. But, as perhaps is to be expected, that didn’t last too long.
This morning, someone noticed that the sign has shown up again in the exact same place… this time laminated and including the words Kunsill Ġdid (New Local Council)
Littering in the area – and indeed all around Malta – has been a constant problem
In fact, a quick search on Google Maps will reveal a Street View from all the way back in 2016 showcasing the same issue in the exact same spot, with people having littered in the corner despite signs – back then still official Local Council ones – telling them not to.
Back in 2016, though, the mysterious sign vigilante had clearly not struck yet.
In between the reappearance of the sign, the fact that someone laminated it, and the ominous Kunsill Ġdid emblazoned on it this time round, we’re going to go out on a limb here and say this is easily the pettiest thing we’ve seen all week.
And to the mysterious and absolutely savage littering vigilante out there, we salute you?