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Courtesy among the cubicles

March 23, 2010

Dear Amy: I work in a cubicle across a narrow hall from the water cooler, restrooms and kitchen. Co-workers tend to congregate in this area.

As you can imagine, the noise level is high.

I'd like to post a sign reminding people to kindly keep it down.

Humor seems to work with this crowd. Do you have any suggestions?

Reluctant

Eavesdropper

Dear Eavesdropper: "We all know we don't really work around here, but let's keep this secret from our clients and customers. Shhhhhh!"

Deliver this message as a thought bubble over a picture of "The Office" character Dwight Schrute's head, and your co-workers should get the message.

Send questions to Amy Dickinson by e-mail to askamy@tribune.com or by mail to Ask Amy, Chicago Tribune, TT500, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.

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