Pet Peeve of the Day

posted 1 week ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper

princessanon0125 :  while I totally share your frustration at oblivious people, and especially ones that are rude when you politely ask them to let you get by, I will say stopping to catch up with someone you run into is going by the wayside so I do find it a little refreshing. I ran into a friend the other day who has a new baby and a recent life-altering medical diagnosis and I was so glad I got to chat with him in the flesh for 15 minutes at Target. Facebook and phones don’t replace face-to-face human connection. 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

princessanon0125 :  oh I totally agree! We weren’t blocking anyone (and if we had without realizing we certainly wouldn’t get bent out of shape if someone said “excuse me”) and those women were 100% rude for doing so. I just also like when people make human connections in their community so, if they weren’t so rude about it, I would have cut them some slack was my point. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I live in a small tourist town that is rapidly gaining in popularity.  It used to be that the  town was only insanely busy during the ski season, but it’s beginning to be insanely busy all year round.  Because I live in and grew up in a tourist town, I like to think I’m a well behaved tourist when I do travel.  When I am traveling, I am constantly being approached by people asking for directions/advice because they think I’m a local.  

This leads me to my biggest pet peeve:  Inconsiderate tourists.  I realize tourist are on vacation, want to unwind, and have fun, but please…for for the love, don’t leave your brain at home.  Please bring your brain with you on vacation.  Also, please bring your manners.  You are here for a several days or several weeks.  Myself, I live here.  And while I do welcome tourists, I do not welcome the inconsiderate, rude, and entitled attitudes that sadly, the majority of the tourist seem to bring with them these days.  

And while the people in my state pride themselves for being strict on stopping for pedestrians at crosswalks, the little flags that were provided for you to carry (to increase presence in the crosswalks), the flags are not toys, photo props,  or to be carried majestically like you are walking through a parade.  While we will happily stop and wait for you to cross at a crosswalk, that happiness quickly turns to fury when you have to stop ever two seconds for a photo op with the flag.  Furthermore, crosswalks are not race tracks.  Please keep a hold of your kids.  They do not need to line up at crosswalks and race across like they are in the Olympics.  Pull your head out of your butts and watch your kids.  I do not want a child dying in my town.  

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Hey, we’re all human and sometimes we do oblivious things. What I find rude is that the women didn’t immediately apologize profusely for wasting everyone’s time. If they at least did that I’d be more forgiving. 

If we’re talking pet peeves, I guess one I have is seeing parents not parenting in public.

NOW, before the mothers on here come jumping down my throat, let me explain. I’m not a parent, and I worked at a Buy Buy Baby so I know how hard it is to bring kids out in public. They get hyper, cranky, and it can be hard to deal with. I understand. What I DON’T understand is how I was standing behind a mother in line for 20 MINUTES and not caring that her children (looked at least 5 and 8) were literally touching everything in sight. Stuff was being thrown on the ground, the young boy was putting things in his mouth and placing it back onto the shelf like nothing. I was so disgusted and the mom was just on her phone without a care in the world. I NEVER WANTED TO SPEAK UP SO BADLY IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. But I knew it was not my place. 

Again, I’m not a mother so if any of you are, please enlighten me. Is it so hard to teach your school-age children to not touch things that you aren’t planning to buy? 

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

TeacherBee323 :  ewwwwww to the licking stuff! My kid is only 2 and even she doesn’t touch and lick things when we are out in public (and she’s a licker….she takes after the dog and tries to lick all of us all the time…)

That said, kids don’t always behave well in public. Even at 5 and 8 they are still learning how to be good humans. And moms have off-days too. I try to give strangers the benefit of the doubt (although I totally judge the shit out of people I know that never bother to correct their kids) and probably would have said something to the kids or shot them the mom stink eye if it was clear the mom didn’t notice what was happening. But I also have ZERO problem scolding other people’s children, primarily because I want people to do it to mine if I’m not aware of the issue (it takes a village and all that). Just yesterday I mom-ed the shit of a bunch of middle-schoolers who ran around the gate while there was an oncoming train. They saw me this morning and didn’t dare do it again. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

princessanon0125 :  Girl I’m right there with you! I don’t like to inconvenience people and have gone around the entire other way to go around people, or pretended like I was looking for something on shelf when I just need to get past them. I really need to have more balls lol

Post # 12
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382 posts
Helper bee

princessanon0125 :  Gah, see that’s why I didn’t say something because I didn’t want the mom to go off on me for scolding her kids (I’m not very good with confrontation…). 

I get letting your kid say lightly fall off the jungle gym so they learn about being careful, but with stuff like that, I don’t think people realize that it’s not just them and their child that’s affected. Those products your kid messed with now have to be cleaned up and/or marked down/thrown away by the workers because of your carelessness! Ever since I worked retail I’m very conscious about making sure I’m not making the workers’ jobs harder than they need to be. They do NOT get paid enough!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Oh, that is so rude. My similar pet peeve is when a group (or even just 2-3 people) decide to have a discussion right in front of a doorway or an escalator/stairway. How can you be so freaking self absorbed?? This is obviously a place where this is likely to be tons of traffic and you blocking it is a damn safety hazard.

 

ETA: also, it has been universally my experience that the rudest people are actually the quickest ones to get offended when they perceive someone else as being rude to them. Like, it’s not enough to be rude, they have to be complete hypocrites as well.

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