Don’t Mess with the Philippines


I’m from Texas and awhile back (as in a depressingly I-feel-so-old while back), the state hired a marketing agency to help with combatting littering. The agency decided that Texans were a bit of an ornery bunch and “Please don’t litter” wouldn’t resonate. So they came up with “Don’t Mess with Texas”.

And it was a success. Most Texans threw beer bottles from their car window less than half as often as before. But that didn’t prepare me for this sign in Bohol, Philippines. I may litter but I’ll be damned if I’m going to pee there.

Don't Mess with the Philippines

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Andi March 30, 2014 at 4:10 am



Kevin Revolinski March 30, 2014 at 6:08 am

Funny. And I love how some of those non-Austin Texans seem to have forgotten that the expression was not created for chest-beating cretins as a rallying cry in a bar brawl, but rather an admonishment, in a way, for them being complete pigs.


Mo @ March 30, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Classic :D


Alex Monckton March 31, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Wow! Point taken (or not, hopefully). And now I’m wondering what the brick on the yellow bike is for?…


Taylor March 31, 2014 at 10:46 pm

that’s crazy! I would definetely be scared and not pee there, even though I don’t pee outside. Wondering, though, why so many people would have chosen that spot to pee??


Jamie April 1, 2014 at 8:21 am

HAHAHA that picture just made my day. I’m definitely going to use that threat on signs I make in the future. The spelling of attention also gets points.


Rashad Pharaon April 1, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Now THAT’S effective marketing.


Jonathan Look, Jr. April 4, 2014 at 2:34 pm

You do have to appreciate something so simple and to the point! I think I will only use proper facilities when visiting.


Marcello Arrambide April 5, 2014 at 2:02 pm

That’s just hilarious man! :-D


Mark April 6, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Great shot. I gotta wonder if that spot is female-friendly though.


Hamish Healys April 9, 2014 at 12:24 pm

That’s probably one of the most effective ad messages I’ve seen in years!


rebecca kroegel April 12, 2014 at 11:55 am

LMAO!!!! hilarious!


Ryan April 18, 2014 at 10:58 am

SHINK! Ouch. Another thing not to do in the Philippines.


Mat April 20, 2014 at 5:14 am

Did he realise the drawing was too shocking before he erased it ;-) !!! I guess this guy was really pissed off.


wes April 23, 2014 at 5:37 pm

I’m *dying* to know what he erased!


MACH May 8, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Yes, I would also like to know what else was there, as if what is showing is not bad enough. Thanks for sharing!


Lyndsay | Discount Travel Blogger July 11, 2014 at 5:55 pm

This is funny! I am from Philippines and its commonly written in tagalog that’s really funny but its funnier that they wrote it in English even in a bad grammar. Still shows Filipino humor.