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Ah! Pet peeves, the little annoyances of everyday life. We all know them so well. I love the word ‘pet peeve’, by the way. The German language is usually pretty creative when it comes to making up single words that describe one thing perfectly (e.g. Schadenfreude), but I have yet to find a good, one-word translation for ‘pet peeve’. Suggestions, anyone?
Some pet peeves are pretty universal, some keep shifting (at least for me).
Here are five of my most recent pet peeves:
Irresponsible dog owners.
Responsible dog owner friends, talk to me. Is your dog well-trained and well-behaved when you’re out on a walk? I frequently run into (no pun intended) dog owners who just don’t have control of their dogs and feel unbothered when their dog just veers into my path to sniff my legs (or jump up). Well, let me tell you, I AM BOTHERED. I am not afraid of dogs (generally), I like dogs, but I am not prepared to jump over or swerve around unexpected obstacles, and I think it’s very rude to let your dog run loose and get close to someone like that.
Just FYI, I encounter many good dog owners with very well-behaved dogs, too, who move to the side of the sidewalk and make their dog walk to heel or sit until I have passed. Just to clarify.
People who chew with their mouths open.
It’s more common than you think. I notice it a lot. It’s rather annoying.
People who don’t say good morning (or goodbye)
I have a few colleagues who routinely ‘forget’ to say good morning when they come into the office (or say goodbye when they leave). Our office suite has a layout with cubicles and I understand that people don’t walk through the whole suite to see who – if anyone – is there, but I feel like you could just throw a “good morning” into the room (and see if you get any responses) or at least say something if you walk by someone’s cubicle, but some people don’t even do that. Is this too much to ask?
I appreciate a good recommendation or tip, but unsolicited advice drives me nuts. Why is it that some people always feel like they need to let you know that their way is the right way and will lecture you at every (in)opportune moment?
Store baggers who don’t know how to bag
I usually have a pretty good system when it comes to bagging my own groceries and it’s hard to watch store baggers, who should be trained for this job, bag very inefficiently. They pile the heaviest things in the biggest bags, they put the eggs on the bottom of the shopping bag, or they don’t maximize the space but just throw stuff into the bag willy-nilly. On Friday, the nice gentleman at Trader Joe’s, to whom I handed a collapsible shopping basket and four canvas bags, actually asked me if I wanted him to use the basket. Ahm, yes. PLEASE!
I myself use more of a Tetris-kinda approach and have been asked many times if I have worked as a bagger before.
Your turn: share one of your current pet peeves with me!