Memphis, Tenn. (WREG/WVLT) - An eviction notice at a Memphis apartment goes viral for its sarcastic message, but not everyone thinks it's funny.
Right in the middle of the bright orange notice is a smiling emoji.
"It's antagonizing," Deadrick Flemming said. "I feel like it's kind of embarrassing. It's a shameful situation for someone that is trying their best to make ends meet."
It was posted to a unit at Bent Tree Apartments in Memphis, but the punch line to the joke is no laughing matter.
The eviction notice reads, 'Guess who's moving?' and follows up with 'You.'
The note goes as far as to say, "Rent is due on the first. Not whenever."
Christian comedian, KevOnStage, posted a two-minute video about the notice. It was an immediate hit, with thousands of views in a couple of hours.
Neighbors said the tenants have not moved out, and the notice was taken down.
Many people living inside of this complex say they refuse to pay rent because the complex refuses to make repairs.
"They are quick to put you out, and slow to fix stuff," a renter said.
WREG reached out to the Bent Tree apartment complex to hear their side of the story.
Chasity Blackburn is the senior director at the complex. She says the approach may be bold, but collectors have a process to follow.
"I'm not surprised by what you are saying. But I also don't agree, because that's the market," Blackburn said. "She does anything and everything she can to collect the money."
She says if rent isn't in by the 15th, it is sent over to evictions.
In response to claims that they are slacking on their part, Blackburn had this to say.
"If they call us, the typical turnaround time is four days. That's a non-emergency."
Joshua Clay says he understands the process, but he thinks the complex could have taken another route, and didn't have to stoop so low to get their point across.
"That is very petty," said Clay.
Marcise Taylor says if people would just pay their rent, they wouldn't have these problems.
"I mean, pay your bills and you won't get it. That's the bottom line," Taylor told reporters.
Though residents allege the complex isn't handling their business, the fact remains that it's not free housing and rent must be paid.