Pet peeves.
June 30, 2009

Everyone has them, right?  I mean, I can’t be the only one who sees someone not picking up their dog’s turd from their neighbor’s lawn and thinks WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?!  Right?

So without further ado, here are five six of the things that irritate me most:


1.  People who take up an entire aisle in the grocery store and CANNOT BE BOTHERED to move aside so that someone can squeak past and grab a gallon of milk.  I guess when they designed those aisles so that two carts could comfortably pass each other, they weren’t taking entitled assholes into mind.  OH MY GAWD, JUST MOVE OVER, ALL I WANT IS A FUCKING GALLON OF MILK.

2.  Papercuts.  I really hate papercuts.

3.  Irresponsible parenting.  I very strongly believe that if you love your children and honestly try to do your best as a parent, then you are probably doing just fine.  But when I see your kids unrestrained in your vehicle ON THE FREEWAY?  Yes, that’s the sound of me judging you, thinking you should devote less time to “I love Lucy” reruns and more time to considering the safety and health of, I don’t know, YOUR CHILD.

4.  No, really.  I hate papercuts with a PASSION.

5.  People who are rude on the phone.  Just because you cannot SEE me does not mean that manners no longer apply to our conversation.  So, for example, if you call a phone number and are surprised by the voice that answers?  Do not say WHO IS THIS.  Because, hello, I DON’T KNOW WHO YOU ARE EITHER and now I have no incentive whatsoever to help you determine whether or not you have reached a wrong number.  In fact, next time this happens, I think I will hang up.  TAKE THAT, PUNK ASS RUDE MOTHERFUCKER.

6.  Have I mentioned the papercuts?

What are some of your pet peeves?


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  1. By Mandy on June 30, 2009

    @ #5 - Yeah, really… what’s so hard about saying “Hi, I’m trying to reach so-and-so?“  I’ve always hated that.  It’s like, why are you going to ask me who I am when YOU are the one who called ME?

    I could give you a mile-long list of pet peeves I have, but I’ll just settle on these two:  This is weird, but I have a pet peeve regarding open doors.  I like for doors to be closed most of the time.  In particular, pantry doors, closet doors and bedroom doors that certain people (like my husband) have a hard time remembering to close.

    Also, I work as a church secretary, and one of my pet peeves there is for people to mess up my desk when I’m not there.  I don’t attend this church, so I’m only there in the mornings and I have come to expect things to be out of place after a service.  But that’s MY desk, it’s MY workspace, and I just think it’s rude.  I certainly don’t mind people using whatever they need while they’re there, but it would be nice if they’d leave things the way they found it, ya know?  I’d rather not have to spend the first 20 minutes of my workday searching for a misplaced highlighter or stamp that I use every day.

  2. By WaltzInExile on June 30, 2009

    Apparently, I’m quite irritable this morning, because just off the top of my head I could pretty much crash your comment section with things that annoy me.
    I’ll refrain.
    Here’s my biggest:  Dining out with people who are rude to waitstaff.  WTF is up with that?  Raised by wolves much?

  3. By Cammie on June 30, 2009

    I am SO with you on the people in the grocery store. That annoys me to no end. Especially the ones who have their cart on the appropriate side of the aisle and then STAND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF IT to peruse the ketchup selection or something. SO annoying.

    Another thing that annoys me are bill collectors that expect you to pay the balance TODAY. Well, dude, if I had the cash today so would you…what do you want me to do? Pull it out of my ass?

    You’re not alone…I have a list a mile long.

  4. By Hokie Deb on June 30, 2009

    —>People who Bite their Nails dry me Nuts.
    Then they touch everything with dirty fingers. It’s to the point that I can’t even watch strangers doing it in their cars on the highway. G-R-O-S-S.

    Sadly, my 2 1/2 year old is biting his nails and it’s been a struggle to get him to stop.

    Bad karma?

  5. By Crystal on June 30, 2009

    I REALLY hate when someone calls MY phone number and then, without saying hello or anything, says WHO IS THIS? DUDE, you called ME, how about you tell me who YOU are. Really, I hate that. Papercuts suck, too.

  6. By Homeslice on June 30, 2009

    people who are chronically late. it drives me batshit.

  7. By Megan at FASS on June 30, 2009

    You know what really grinds my gears????

    People who bring their dogs out to walk in public and then yell at me when my dog wants to say hello.  If your dog’s so freakin aggressive than go for a walk in a unpopulated area…or I DUNNO…TRAIN THEM!

    People who light up cigarettes right next to me whilst pregnant.  Go for a walk.

    Those driving behind me who see me put on my left signal to pass and merge before I DO.  Without a SIGNAL.

    All those people in my life who try to make me eat more because I am eating for two.  These, coincedentally, will be the same people who note how fast it’s taking me to lost baby weight.

  8. By Vicky on June 30, 2009

    Snoring, and a dog who sleeps under my bed and thumps his tail ALL NIGHT LONG-what can he be so damn happy about?!
    Really there’s more, I’m just to tired to recite them.  Oh I know of one more:
    Single drivers in the carpool lane.

  9. By on June 30, 2009

    OOh, good list.

    - My husband picking at things (his finger nails, his skin, the weird indentation in a notebook—EVERYTHING!)

    - Whistling. Might as well be fingernails on a chalkboard

    -Rudeness. As far as I am concerned, life has one rule and one rule only: Don’t be an asshole. Most things generally fall into this category.

    - Totally with you on the paper cuts. I would like to add stubbed pinky toes and bumped elbows.

  10. By erin on June 30, 2009

    People (especially men) who do not open the door for others in public places.  Especially if I am pregnant or struggling with my baby in the carrier.  No joke, it has happened twice in the last 6 months.  HELLO, you can’t hold the door for the pregnant lady/lady with a baby??  Were you raised in a barn?

    Maybe I am reverse-chauvanistic in expecting that men ought to exhibit a bit of masculine gallantry.  Both times I called Brian to tell him how much I appreciate how AWESOME he is that he always, without fail, opens the door for me.

    Also on my list: when the cat bites his claws.  Yick.

  11. By erin on June 30, 2009

    (PS - once you have that baby, you become a carpool!  How awesome is that?!)

  12. By chocolate and whine on June 30, 2009

    Oh my God. Number 1. I can’t STAND people like that!! Oh, it makes me want to do serious bodily harm.

    Also, people who leave their turn signals on. For miles and miles and miles. I don’t know why, but this makes me crazy.

  13. By Sarah A. Schlothan Christensen on June 30, 2009

    Oh my goodness, Chocolate, that guy with the turn signal IS MY HUSBAND.  It drives me up the wall.  I don’t know what he’s thinking about that is so damned important it drowns out the blip blip blip of his freaking turn signal lol.

  14. By on June 30, 2009

    I amuse myself with callers who ask “who is this?“ by saying “how many guesses do I get?“  There is always a pause while they take this in, and then they usually announce themselves and ask politely for the person they want, and say “sorry” when told they have the wrong number.
    My pet peeve in driving is the driver who rides your tail, you let him by, and then he slows down to less than you were going in the first place.  You pass and the whole thing starts again as he roars up behind you.  This is not a strictly male irritation, but often involves young drivers.

  15. By alison @ cluck and tweet on June 30, 2009

    I love hearing people’s pet peeves.  Mine is when you’re in a public restroom and have just washed your hands and they’ve placed the paper towels in just the right place where all the water runs down your arm and into your sleeve while you crank the crank to get the towel to dry your hands and now your whole arm.  Yeah, that’s a popular pet peeve.

  16. By on June 30, 2009

    your #5 taken one step further. Parents who don’t teach their children how to use the phone. Three of my 9 year old daughter’s friends have called my house this week and instead of saying “Hi this is…“ They say “Who is this?“
    One other peeve is people pointing at me when trying to tell me something. It has bothered me since I was a teenager. No idea why, weird I know.

  17. By Jaye @ canadian-mom.ca on June 30, 2009

    Hey Sarah - how do you feel about papercuts?! ;)

  18. By on June 30, 2009

    Oh, fun, pet peeves!!

    1)  The dinging sound cars make when you leave the keys in the ignition and open the driver’s door.  Seriously, take out your keys before I go entirely insane.

    2)  Not pushing chairs back under the table when you get up.  Why leave them in the middle of the floor? 

    3)  And finally, I’m right there with WaltzInExile about dining with people who are rude to wait staff.  I’ve been known to leave extra tips on my half of the bill in those situations.

  19. By DesignHER Momma on June 30, 2009

    papercuts make my skin crawl - kinda literally.

  20. By gretchen from lifenut on June 30, 2009

    Public bathroom toilet squatters!

    Sit on the seat, people. That’s why it’s there. Your precious heiny isn’t that special or pristine.

    If you are going to spray the seat with your urine, at least have the courtesy to clean up after yourself!

    GAH.

  21. By Allison on June 30, 2009

    Hahaha. Oh my god…the “ WHO IS THIS?!“ people drive me NUTS. I always say, “YOU called ME. Who is THIS?!“

    You totally aren’t the only one with pet peeves. I have a bunch, including yours ;)

  22. By on June 30, 2009

    Boogers.  Nothing drives me crazier than knowing that I have one.  The whistling nose effect to me sounds as if it’s echoing off the canyon walls for everyone to hear.  Of course, when this happens, there’s no Kleenex to be found—or a quiet corner in which to hide.  Nightmares of all nightmares is the one hanging out of the nose… My mind SCRAMBLES trying to recall all the people within those few moments who might have witnessed the offending globule hanging out my nostril.  The shame….

  23. By Wild Dingo on June 30, 2009

    Oh My. Where to start:
    1. Bad Etiquette. Anything that doesn’t follow basic Miss Manners.

    2. Bad Movie etiquette: People in the movie theaters who cross the isle to get to a seat in the middle with their ASS to your face. Should be their belly button. (even if you’re preggers. would rather look at a globe holding a miracle of life than a pooper.)  People who talk, text or do anything that interfers with the movie experience. The pussy ushers who don’t do a thing about badly behaving movie goers.

    3. Business owners who want me to give them FREE advice about how to do MY job so they don’t have to pay me to do it for them.

    4. Clients who are late in paying like 3 months and then expect immediate service.

    5. This shouldn’t be a peeve becuz its too serious but any form of animal cruelty. People with no ego and such powerless feelings they need to inflict pain on any single livng organism, animal or human.

    6. War. it’s just stupid. It’s expensive and painful for people.

    7. The Los Gatos, CA Post Master. Who must have nothing but a grim boring life and a sick need to feel so powerful as to decide not to deliver mail to my home address even though there are 2 carriers who drive right by my lovely mail box. (story listed in WD Growls category)

    9. Big Business/Bank Beurocracy that kept us from selling our old house due to a 30 year-old clerical error in the county. The neighbor’s bank literally would not do the paper work required to fix the error and hence lost us way too much money and made us very sick with worry. WAMU. I hate those frakcers to this day and i’m glad they went under. (listed in growls category, go see their recipe for “Rush” service. )

    10. Our healthcare system. don’t get me started. I hate the 5 minute doc visit. I hate docs who aren’t keeping up on REAL medicine and are schooled by pharmaceuticals. I hate docs who decide they can’t fix you so they send you home with a brown bag FILLED with drugs that just make you worse. I’m all for people who conciously choose a drug they feel they need for a condition. Just not for docs who use them because they can’t figure out what’s really wrong.

    11. People who feed their dogs vegetarian diets. Ok, I’m judging now. But seriously. People “can” be vegetarians. Dogs? No way. they don’t have the same enzymes as people and absolutely NEED meat. They’re omnivvores but they absolutely need the enzymes in meat to thrive.

    12. Road rage or driving with people who drone on about other drivers.  It bores me to tears to drive with someone who is constantly talking about other drivers.  Iife is short. Drive on.

    13. Ok, i’m just going to write this and probalby get lots of flack. People who are on the phone in public, like the grocery store, coffee shop, or the shoe store or the MOVIES, hell ya, the movies (again with the movies, i watch at home now)...I just don’t care to hear you blabbering. Try as I may, your mouth is louder than it would be if you were speaking to a person beside you. It’s completely rude. Go outside or in a place where your not moving and give that perosn on the end of the phone your complete attention. they deserve it.

    14. Texting at a party. Dude, there are tons of people at the party. how about putting the toy away and talking a real conversation, face to face, with people. If they aren’t interesting, leave the party and go text about how bad it sucked.

    15. On same note: People who are co-dependent on their cells/texting. Put the fricking thing away and be present. Be connected physically in the flesh with another person or group of people. if you’re so interested in the people you’re texting or calling, you need to BE WITH THEM, not where you are now, talking/texting with them. Use your technology for purpose: like “how do i get to your house? do you need milk at the store?“ Not for fulfilling an emotional or human need for connection in an inappropriate environment.

    17. People who don’t let pet peeves go. get mad, act on it for a short time. But don’t dwell on it. An unresolved pet peeve only lives on in the physical body and eventually manifests itself in tension, stress, and anxiety leading to all sorts of muscle pain, damage to the organs, tissues. Plus it gives you wrinkles and makes you look ugly.

    18. Blogs who don’t do enough of these pet peeves postings and open up the comments. Man i feel like a new person. I’ve written a lot of peeves down, neatly organized and now I can forget about them. Thanks Sarah!

    19. My failing memory. I know I’m leavign LOTS out. Cuz I tend to be a real “hater” ya know? I have tons of peeves. Probalby way more than you. 

    OMG, I fricking rambled. Damn I’m a hater.  Seriously tho, I’m actually the nicest person I know. LOL!

  24. By Wild Dingo on June 30, 2009

    OMG: the open door person! I’m so on that. tho i can leave bed room doors “ajar” i really HATE opend bathroom doors! Ugh. Bad Fung Shui. Some people leave those doors open in a YOGA studio, while practicing YOGA! ick ick ick. I put myself NEXT to the door, just so i can shut it if they leave it open.

    and the person who has a “greeting” dog? While your dog is friendly, would you go up to every single person on the trail or street and shake hands or introduce yourself? probably not. You’d also wouldn’t train your child that way to go meet strangers. It’s common courtesy to teach your dog to ignore other dogs unless two dog walkers stop to say hello and decide to have their dogs meet. It’s also common courtesy to make sure your dog is completely controlled at all times, and if off leash, has a 100% recall to you, should he be overly friendly to dog walkers or people who don’t even like dogs (I KNOW, I can’t believe that such a person could exist.) My dogs are trained to ignore (well one of them is, the other is still working on it) and have a “go say hello” command should I allow them to say hello to dogs or people who are interested in meetng them. I once had a woman marvel over my dogs but tell me she was deathly afraid of dogs and did NOT want to meet them. It was cool. Nothing pesonal. they continued to ignore her and she was comfortable. Personally, I and my dogs would want to meet you & your friendly dog. But I’m just saying, there are many who don’t…dogs and people alike!

    and one more I have to add:
    TELEMARKETERS! OMG! There needs to be a special place in hell for those folks. And worse, CHARITY Telemarketers. Believe me, i know the police, firemen and leukemia charities are suffering. But I picked my few, i give time and money. I don’t got nothin left. PLEASE do not call me and if I hang up on you after asking you to remove me from your list and you still go on with your begging, i’m sorry, you deserve it.

  25. By Joe @ Irrationaldad on July 01, 2009

    #5 is one of the reasons I hate answering the phone.

    #2, #4, #6… I hate that they do that throbbing thing to remind you of their presence. Annoying little bastages.

  26. By Kimberly on July 01, 2009

    I have worse than a paper cut right now. Yesterday, I was cutting an avocado and the knife went through the avocado as well as half way INTO my finger.

    Yeah, I’m peeved.

  27. By Tabitha (From Single to Married) on July 14, 2009

    I probably shouldn’t answer this on the day that I had to give blood, but I will anyway.  Pet Peeve number one:  People who work in a lab whose job it is to draw blood who obviously don’t care one damn bit about the person they are drawing blood from.  People whose only criteria for getting the job is to have zero personality and a heavy hand at that.  Because I love being jabbed in the arm when I’m scared of needles and about to pass out.  I love it even more when I tell the person that little fact and they just look at me like I’m an idiot.  A 37-year old idiot who apparently was not raised right because I still have a fear of needles at my age.

    Shew… feel better now, thanks. 

    Oh, other pet peeves:  people talking on a cell phone in a quiet place (i.e. subway, waiting room, etc.); when meetings run over schedule; when people smoke close to a building that I have to go into thereby subjecting me to nasty second-hand smoke.

    I’m sure I have more, but I had better stop because I’m making myself angry.

    :)


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