I can’t believe it is day 7 of my 31 day blogging challenge! If you’ve been reading these each day, thank you so very much for following along. I’ve enjoyed writing them and seeing all the wonderful comments supporting me as well. The response has been amazing.
The prompt for today is pet peeves. We’ve all got them. It is usually little things that annoy us for whatever reason. That’s fine, and I don’t think there is anything wrong with it. I’ve got a few of my own, and I’ll tell you about them here.
Sometimes I wonder how I’m allowed in grocery stores at times, especially with opinions like this.
I get super annoyed when employees are clearly bored and looking for something to do. I’m walking along and chatting with Nathan about what we’re buying or planning a meal out. Standing in an isle, obviously in the middle of a conversation and it is interrupted by the employee and their attempt at “customer service” by asking me if I need anything.
No, I’ve seen you walk by me three times already. If I needed something, I’d say it. Don’t call me, I’ll call you, kind of thing. Being interrupted always annoys me. Sometimes I am tempted to say something too. Like, do you see me talking here? Yes? Good! Stay out of my conversation then. If I need something, you’ll be the first to know. I promise.
Tall shelves. When I can’t find something and do end up having to ask an employee, the reason is because it is above my head. I’m a whopping five feet tall, so anything higher and it is lost for me. I think there should be a store where everything is at eye level. I’d shop there! Because I wouldn’t have to ask anyone to help me find something. Ever.
When a cashier comments on what I’m buying or the quantity. When did I ask for commentary on my purchases? I don’t need snarky comments. Do your job, but do it quietly! It is none of your business why I’m buying six bottles of olive oil or twelve packages of toilet paper and a single bottle of mustard, or 12 boxes of hand warmers. That is why self-checkout is amazing! The machine doesn’t talk back to me. This is the only instance where I enjoy the self-checkout option though.
Or when they ask redundant questions. Customers do this too. Like with dog or cat food. Oh, do you have a dog? No, this is what I feed my husband. The ribeye steak here is for the dog. Dog likes it medium rare too.
Customers who cut in line. Let’s face it, lines can get really long in stores. So we all try to form a line without being in the way or creating a hazard, while patiently waiting our turn to check out. There’s always someone who completely ignores the line and tries to cut. Then comes up with the excuse that they didn’t see everyone already waiting in line. How do you miss a line of seven people with carts all just standing there?! Do people actually walk by those lines and think we’re all just standing there for our own entertainment? Or we’re just exhausted from the stress of shopping? No! We’re in line. Get your booty to the back of the line and exercise some common sense!
The funniest thing is that when someone in line tells them they are cutting, they are completely offended and get rude about it. No, you don’t get to be rude. We’re all patiently waiting our turn, you need to do the same. All the tantrum does is give me ammo to make fun of you with to the rest of us who are standing in line correctly.
I feel like other drivers are a pet peeve for pretty much everyone though. This is nothing new. The worst are the ones on their cell phones and just lazing along at 10 miles an hour under the speed limit. Learn to multitask! Talking on your phone is against the law to start with. However, if you want to break the law that is fine with me. Just don’t inconvenience me in the process with your inability to drive and talk at the same time.
Drivers who drive in the left lane on the freeway. The left lane is for passing and the right for driving. I can’t stand people who drive in the left lane. They seem to have this ridiculous idea that everyone should follow them or be willing to break the law by passing on the right to go around them. Newsflash! There will always be someone who wants to drive faster than you. Move out of the way.
The gas pedal is on the right! I’m pretty sure this has been a standard since Henry J. Ford invented the car and it hasn’t changed since. Can’t exactly get confused between the two. Learn to use it because the gas pedal is a tool.
Speaking of tools, so are turn signals. Use them. California is the only place not using turn signals should be acceptable. But also pay attention to when you’re using them. I’ve never figured out how someone can drive for miles with their signal on. How does that stupid beeping not annoy them? Or the flashing on the dashboard? My favorite are the ones who do this driving in the left lane on the freeway. Like, where exactly do you plan to turn left at? I’m pretty sure freeway exits are on the right, and the next exit is still 15 miles away.
Autocorrect. Autocorrect is great for correcting basic spelling errors. Changing “teh” to “the” and similar mistakes because we’re trying to type too fast. However it also changes some of the most ridiculous things too. I’ve never heard someone use or write the word “ducking” in my entire life. Yet autocorrect seems to think it is a relevant word.
Seriously, has anyone actually ever said ducking on purpose? It is clear what the word should be, so why correct it to something so random and weird? If it is going to correct that specific word, make it something funny or relevant, not something as stupid as ducking.
I hope you got a good laugh out of my pet peeves. They’re all simple things that I really do take lightly most of the time. When I first started writing this post I thought the prompt was really negative, and I wasn’t a fan of completing it. Who wants to talk about what annoys them, and why would anyone want to read about it? As I went through it, even I was laughing at myself over it.