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has 21st century technology, but speaking from experience most systems in the customer service world are extremely outdated.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!
- When people continue to knock and push on a public restroom door or stall even though it is clear that someone is in there.
If the door is locked than that means that someone is probably in there. True story time and I apologize in advance if this story is a little TMI. I hate public restrooms and will not use them unless I am about to pee my pants. It was my time of the month and I had to pee. I went to the bathroom and in the middle of peeing this mother and daughter duo (they were both adults and should know better) began knocking on the door. I made it known that I was in there, but they kept knocking again and again, making me very anxious. Then they started pushing on the door and I could hear them saying, “why won’t the door open, is this even a stall?” Meanwhile, I had finished peeing, but the toilet wouldn’t flush and I knew I could get the toilet working, I just needed a minute. It was an old toilet. Since yelling wasn’t working, the next time they banged on the stall, I banged back. Still they didn’t stop. To make matters worse this was a stall where the door didn’t go all the way to the floor, so they could see my feet. Finally I had had enough and just left, leaving them to stare at my period pee. I hate when people don’t flush the toilet, but desperate times call for desperate measures. And let me tell you, I am sure they learned a very valuable lesson.
- Chairs that are not pushed in.
This drives me up the wall. I hate when people don’t push in their chairs, I don’t care if it is in public or their own home. It doesn’t matter if the chair is in the way or not. Push in your chair. Leave things as you found them, if the chair was pushed in when you got there, then push it in when you leave. Don’t expect someone to do it for you. It takes two seconds, please push in your chair. (P.S. Since I mentioned leaving things the way you found them, if you had to open a door to enter a room, please close that door when you leave that room.)
- 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 leave the lights on after they leave a room.
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. (I know I sound like a broken record, but please just leave things the way you found them.)
- 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)
- Passive aggressive behavior.
If you have something to say to me, just say it. Don’t start slamming doors, leaving little notes, acting bitter, walking faster and harder, or the worst thing you can do to another human, the silent treatment. Just be honest. I believe that 98% of arguments are caused by a simple misunderstanding that can be settled in a matter of minutes. All you are achieving with your passive aggressive behavior is getting the other person pissed at you, especially if they have no idea what they did wrong. And no, people should not just know. Use your big girl/boy words.
- 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.