Petty Hate Never Dies: 1,700-Year-Old Furious Complaint About Grocer Recovered

Posted by on December 22nd, 2011


Ever feel guilty about complaining? Sure the drive through clerk at Wendy’s forgot to remove the tomatoes from my Spicy Chicken sandwich, but do I really want to go back into the store?

And even worse, what if my friends call me cheap for requesting a new sandwich or even worse a refund? Is it worth the reputation as a skinflint to not pick off the tomato slice?

Well instead of complaining to a middle manager, why don’t you take your grievance to a higher authority: God. That’s what one fine citizen of the Roman city Antioch did when he cursed a random grocer in a 1,700 year old screed.

“O thunder-and-lightning-hurling Iao, strike, bind, bind together Babylas the greengrocer,” reads the beginning of one side of the curse tablet. “As you struck the chariot of Pharaoh, so strike his [Babylas’] offensiveness.”

Iao is an ol’ fashioned word for God.

So just remember, if you complain about service from a random food worker someone 1,700 years from now might find your complaint and then another person will make fun of you on a digital network inconceivable in your modern era.

[Live Science]

2 Responses to “Petty Hate Never Dies: 1,700-Year-Old Furious Complaint About Grocer Recovered”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    That’s awesome. I should start submitting all of my complaints on curse tablets. Let’s see Comcast dismiss an angry customer when he’s carrying a curse tablet.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Iao is a varieny of Yahweh, the guy from the OT