Pet peeves…we all have them. These little tiny annoyances that drive us absolutely crazy. Moving to a big city, I have started to realize just how many pet peeves I have. While I try to ignore them and not let them bother me, as the weather gets hotter and summer grows longer, this becomes harder and harder. Therefore, I have decided to share with you my 15 biggest pet peeves and why they drive me insane. Enjoy…
- People who are always late.
I can understand being late once in a while. Shit happens. There was an unexpected accident on the freeway, you got caught up at work, you underestimated just how long it would take to get there, or you got lost. However, we all know those people that just cannot get anywhere on time. They are the people that you tell to get to the restaurant at 6:30 even though the reservation is not until 7. I consider being late to be both immature and rude. You are letting the world know that your time is far more valuable than everyone else’s and that is not ok. Get your adult ass up and be where you need to be when you need to be there. (P.S. unless you are physically ill, I slept through my alarm is never a legitimate excuse.)
- People who go out to eat with a large group and feel the need to split the check by exact amount at the END of the meal.
This is so annoying for both the waiter and all the other people in the group. I consider a large group of people to be any more than four, which means splitting the check may be very difficult for the waiter when it is all said and done. We all think that everyone has 21st century technology, but speaking from experience most systems in the customer service world are extremely outdated. If you want to split the check by meal, let your waiter know at the beginning, otherwise just split it evenly, it won’t be that much of a price difference, I promise. Unless you go eat with that one person who orders steak and lobster, but that is another issue entirely.
- Phones that are not on silent in quiet places or people who don’t use headphones in public places.
This is just rude. If you are in a quiet place, silence your phone and I am not just talking about the ringer, the constant clicks the keyboard makes when you are texting, the music from that game you are playing, or the bing of a new email is just as annoying. I personally haven’t taken my phone off silent since 2010. This issue goes right along with people listening to music or watching videos in public without headphones. Just stop and realize there are other people around who may not enjoy Drake’s new album.
- Turn signals!
Do I even have to explain? I am not a mind reader, so just use them! Also it doesn’t count if you turn them on while you are in the process of turning, by that time I already know.
- People who try to talk to you when you are reading or listening to music.
I understand that you are trying to be friendly and make conversation, but I don’t want to talk to you. That is why I have a book in my face and headphones in my ears. There is nothing worse than having to interrupt your quiet time because somebody feels the need to ask you what you are reading.
- People who don’t accept apologies. (a.k.a Holding a grudge over something minute and silly)
Look, there are some sins that are unforgivable, but they are few and far between. If someone didn’t mean to offend you or didn’t realize that they had wronged you, take them at their word. If they are sorry, move on. Don’t be that person who needs an apology, four business days, and fresh flowers. Someone made a mistake, it happens to the best of us. Although I do agree that “I’m sorry, but” is bullshit.
- People who don’t know how to walk correctly.
If you know you are a slow walker, move to the side. There is nothing worse than getting stuck behind a slow walker, especially when they are walking down the middle of the sidewalk. In fact, you just shouldn’t walk down the middle of the sidewalk to begin with. This is vitally important if you are with a group. Traffic comes from both sides, you wouldn’t drive in the middle of street. But the worst of all offenses are those who just stop. Move!
- People who knock/judge you for your interests.
I am a history buff. I love reading history, watching historical documentaries, or visiting history museums. I realize that that is not everyone’s cup of tea and some people find history to be very boring, that is ok. We all have different interests and hobbies. But what is annoying is when people judge you for your interests. If someone’s hobbies and interests aren’t causing anyone any harm, then why do you care? Why do you feel the need to tell someone how stupid it is? Whether they like anime, comic books, Hallmark movies, heavy metal, or horses, just leave people alone and don’t ever purposely criticize something that brings someone joy.
- Impatient people.
I don’t understand people who need instance results and can’t wait for anything. For example, these are the people who can’t wait at a restaurant for a table, despite that fact that it’s Friday night and you are going to have to wait anywhere that you go. So they end up dragging you around town for 90 minutes looking for a restaurant with no wait when you could have just waited that 90 minutes at the restaurant you really wanted to eat at. Or these are the people who honk at you the very second the light turns green. You know, it does take a hot second to remove you foot from the break to the gas. I just can’t deal. I will break up with someone if they act like this.
- People who still don’t understand how airport security works.
It’s been nearly 20 years, the time has come for us as a society to accept that we all must remove our shoes. Do you know why the security lines are so long? Because people refuse to accept this reality. It’s not complicated, shoes off, jackets removed, laptops in thier own bin, no liquids, and for god sakes empty your pockets.
- When people don’t pick up after their pets.
There is a reason I don’t have a dog and that is because I refuse to accept that responsibility. I wish more people thought like me. Part of being a responsible dog owner is picking up after them, if you don’t want to do that, don’t get a dog. There is nothing worse than walking down a public sidewalk or through a public park and stepping in dog shit. Talk about a day ruiner.
- When people don’t leave things the way they found them.
Rule of thumb, if the light was off when you entered the room, turn it off when you leave it. Especially if you are in someone’s home. Are you paying the electric bill? Oh God, I sound like my father, but this drives me up the wall. Leave things as you found them, if the chair you were sitting in was pushed in when you got there, then push it in when you leave. If you had to open a door to enter a room, please close that door when you leave that room. See where I am going with this. Please guys, please.
- Clapping when the plane lands.
This one is silly, I know. This just bothers me. This isn’t a concert, it’s a form of public transportation. It might have something to do with the fact that flying in general gets me anxious. (See #10)
- Close Talkers
I can hear you, you don’t have to put your face an inch away from mine. I don’t understand why people do this. It’s both gross and rude. Don’t invade my personal space. It’s even more obnoxious when you slowly back up and they continue to move towards you. Some people just can’t take a hint.
- When people tell you how unhealthy something is or that they are watching what they eat while you are eating something unhealthy.
One of my favorite things to eat is mozzarella sticks. I am aware that they are bad for you, it’s deep fried cheese. I don’t need you to remind me of how unhealthy I am being while I am shoving them in my face. I also don’t need you to prove how much better you are because you only eat salad. Kate Moss once said “nothing taste as good as skinny feels”, well mozzarella sticks taste that good. While I am on the subject why does every restaurant have the calorie count next to the meal? If I am at McDonalds than I am not trying to be healthy, I understand that I am eating pure salt.
💚 Katie M.