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  • #782244

    All of the above.

    #782245

    SarahScoot
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    Ugh, yes, slow turners are horrible! Or, at a left turn light, when drivers wait for the car in front of them to completely clear the intersection before proceeding. Assuming there isn’t a traffic backup, this is completely unnecessary. It usually means far fewer cars get through the light than would have been possible. So frustrating.

    #782246

    squareeyes
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    I second so many of your peeves! This makes me so happy.

    In addition to nom nom nom I hate any baby talk captions on animal photos a la “I can haz cheezburger”…

    #782247

    JanS
    Participant

    I thought about this thread when I read this today

    “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves. – Carl Jung”

    made me stop and think…

    #782248

    WorldCitizen
    Participant

    Is it too late to re-name this the “What makes you uptight?” thread?

    #782249

    SarahScoot
    Participant

    Gotta love the people who are so “zen” they don’t have pet peeves, and feel the need to remind others of that fact.

    So, WC, is your pet peeve people who have pet peeves? ;-)

    #782250

    anonyme
    Participant

    People who post a topic under Open Discussion, then demand stringent restrictions on responses. The OP, meanwhile, feels at liberty to belittle and hurl insults like “Butthead” and “hateful”.

    Can you say “hypocrite”?

    #782251

    anonyme – I think you meant this to be in the declawed thread? Just FYI.

    #782252

    squareeyes
    Participant

    Anon, I’m the OP and I’ve done neither of those things. What are you talking about??? I deserve an apology from you.

    #782253

    WorldCitizen
    Participant

    Sarah Scoot:

    Nah, it’s just that after reading all of these one arter another it comes across as a little slice of “Uptight Seattelite”. (Not referencing the column with the same name, just the idea in general.)

    It’s just a good reminder to take a deep breath and just let it go, you know?

    #782254

    anonyme
    Participant

    squareeyes, I was not referring to you or your thread. It was a general comment related to past and current topics posted elsewhere; the OP referenced was not you. I do apologize for the confusion and for hijacking your convo.

    I do not apologize for the sentiment. It seems that those who are most adamant that everyone else behave like the church lady are ones least likely to do so themselves – thus my comment about hypocrites.

    Not you, of course!

    #782255

    EmmyJane
    Participant

    I can’t believe it hasn’t been said yet (unless I missed it). People on the bus who have headphones in but play their music so loud everyone can hear it. It happens daily and it drives me mad because it’s so rude. After 7 years of putting up with it, one day I couldn’t take it any more and after asking someone three times to turn down their music, yelled at them. I won’t lie, it felt good.

    My other one has already been said – throwing cigarette butts on the ground. It’s littering! How do people think that’s ok?

    #782256

    SarahScoot
    Participant

    Oh, I forgot about all my bus pet peeves! I haven’t been on the bus since August, when I hit 8+ months pregnant and just couldn’t deal anymore. Then I was on maternity leave, and for now I have to drive to work due to daycare drop-off/pick-up. I do miss the bus, actually, and can’t wait to be able to read on my commute again. Because as many things as there are that bother me on the bus, driving is worse overall. :-)

    An email from a colleague just reminded of another totally petty peeve: people who don’t properly punctuate their questions. Changing the content, but basically this email said, “Have you seen my pen. I thought I left it on the copier?”

    There’s a period, and there’s a question mark, but each is on the wrong sentence. ;-)

    #782257

    leamk
    Participant

    Eh, it’s good to vent once in a while – We hold our tongues every day in an effort to be polite, professional, avoid hurt feelings and be P.C. I say let ‘er rip!

    So here are a few more!

    People who make phone calls while they’re eating! Gross! I did reception for years and you wouldn’t believe how many people make phone calls with food in their mouths. Sometimes I would put calls through saying “Mr. Johnson and his snack are on line one.”

    OR, people who call and say “Hi, I’m calling for…oh wait, let me see I think I have it here (papers shuffling)..wait, I know I have it..one second..oh here it is, Mr. Carlson…oh wait no, that’s not it…bear with me” And meanwhile three other lines are ringing. I have NEVER in my life made a phone call without knowing the name of the person for whom I’m calling! Its nuts!

    Another food peeve: people who begin a conversation while chewing food. This happens at work a lot, a few people in particular. Someone holding an apple “Hey Lea, *chomp smack*, do you remember that bill I gave you, *chomp chomp*, a while back?…*chomp,smack, gulp*” Open-mouth chewing of course. What I want to say: “Hey, how ’bout coming back after you finish your snack.” I’ve been trying to think of something to say that would still be “professional”. The main offender has a tendency to whine and complain to management.

    Any obnoxiously audible chewing of food or gum makes me insane.

    Oh and another annoying Facebook comment that is running rampant: “BWAAA HA HA HA HAAAAA!!!”

    Thanks again for this thread, it’s been very therapeutic for me. :)

    #782258

    Andy
    Participant

    Singularizing team names: “I went to the Seahawk game.” It’s a SeahawkS game, plural. They’re all playing.

    #782259

    tom kelley
    Participant

    Like finger nails on a blackboard, it makes me cringe when, in response to thank you, a server or bartender says, “No problem”, instead of you’re welcome.

    #782260

    acemotel
    Participant

    Tom Kelley: YESSSS! Even a barista, once, when I ordered a decaf late, said: no problem! I was like: what? Is life all about PROBLEMS? If I knew that could potentially be a problem for you, I probably wouldn’t bother you! (I didn’t really say that – those were thoughts)

    Sarah, I am guilty of the new punctuation – actually like the creativity of it, although normally I am a grammar geek. Lack of a question mark makes the question seem like an afterthought rather than an obsession. Ah, this probably doesn’t make sense?

    #782261

    SarahScoot
    Participant

    Acemotel, I actually do know what you mean! But (see what I did there–starting the sentence with “but”?) there’s a difference between mistakenly and knowingly breaking the rules. You know? ;-)

    I’m also a fan of the occasional sentence fragment for emphasis.

    #782262

    Sue
    Participant

    Two more: (1) people who walk while looking at their smartphone – if I need to look up something on my phone, I move off to the side so I’m not in the way, complete my business, and then continue walking. (2) people who enter a revolving door that is already in use and then push the door faster. I have some mobility issues that make me move a little slower sometimes, and it’s frightening when the door starts spinning faster than I can safely walk. It’s not like I’m moving the door at a snail’s pace, but to suddenly have the door move 2x as fast as it was is a little unnerving, and I can’t even say anything since I’m in my own little revolving door section, separated from the other person behind me.

    #782263

    SarahScoot
    Participant

    Ugh, Sue. :-( I hate revolving doors and I have *no* mobility issues. I can see how that would be terrifying for you.

    We must never live in the cold Midwestern states wherein revolving doors are the norm!

    #782264

    Sue
    Participant

    Sarah, I’m also wary of revolving doors ever since I watched one collapse in a Manhattan office building I worked in – there was a windstorm and just after I got into the building, the door went from being an “X” shape with 4 divided areas to a flat separator for 2 divided areas. I shudder when I think of what might’ve happened had I still been in it. I know that’s not the norm and was probably defective, but it’s just one more revolving door trauma to add to my list of issues. :)

    #782265

    luckymom30
    Participant

    All the above pet peeves and the following: people who do not maintain or trim the bushes, and trees on their property blocking full access to the public sidewalk, people who talk during movies (yes even kid friendly movies), and plays, people who speak loudly on their cell phones and give you dirty looks because you looked at them for their loud talking, people who push and shovle on an escaluator when our daughter hands her hands on the railing pushing her down a step or two, people take the elevator or just wait until the escaluator gets to the bottom floor, very rude! People who smoke near the doors of buildings, what happened to the 25 feet rule? People who use those retrackable leashes and get mad because we dont want your dog climbing on us during our walk. People who park on the “planting strip”, it is not a parking strip alog 35th between 102nd and 100th on the eastside, it is always no parking and yes that includes double parking during football games. people who play loud “music” after midnight til 4am. People who do not return their shopping cart and leave it in the parking place for the next driver to move it or have it bang against someone’s car. People who do not respond to rsvp’s to birthday parties. And finally people who loeave their dogs or cats outside knowing we live among coyotoes are surprised to find out their pet was killed by a coyotoe.

    #782266

    ellenp
    Participant

    Person in the office cubicle next to me eating at desk with smack smack noises. Plus scraping out their yoghurt container:

    click, click, click, click.. pause….

    click, click, click, click.. pause..

    Thanks for starting this thread. I feel better.

    #782267

    JanS
    Participant

    this oly applies to a small (very) number of people in a specific place. I do dialysis 3X a week. We are all given headphones, and have our own TV to pass the time. There are some people who refuse to use their headphones, and turn the sound up on their remote…so the rest of us can hear…annoying. And one guy who made phone calls for business the entire time he was there, and we had to listen…sigh. He’s moved on to another place…yay!

    #782268

    anonyme
    Participant

    Extroverts

    Fireworks (illegal)

    Noise

    Smoking

    Retractable leashes

    Almost everything about the bus, including sick people hacking and sniffing with no regard for other passengers.

    About revolving doors: I was downtown during the Nisqually earthquake, and almost got caught in one. They’re scary – and the ‘Big One’ is coming.

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