Wrote another, "My peeves are when people have the keystroke sounds turned on or have awful text/email alert sounds on their phone. A co-worker has a bird chirp sound that goes off every time she gets an email or text, and if she texts/types an email to anyone, I can hear every keystroke."
One wrote about a co-worker who was a Post-It note nut.
"He would leave a note on my computer telling me what to do, and then put 'Please see me' at the bottom. When I went to his desk to see what else he wanted, he told me exactly what he had already written on the note. He did it to everyone. When he left, we gave him a stack of Post-It notes as a going-away present."
Lisa wrote that she is bothered by "the person who leaves one drop of coffee in the pot and walks away. I know the saying is 'good to the last drop,' but I'm guessing Maxwell House meant the one coming from your cup, not the pot!"
The problem Dana wrote about was one I used to experience daily at my last job. "When someone puts something down in front of you and proceeds to tell you about it, even though they can clearly see you are talking to a client on the phone."
Many wrote to vent about gum snapping, finger- or pen-tapping, those who hum or whistle or sing, and those who abuse speaker phones.
"We work in a cubicle farm," said one emailer, "and there's this one lady in the middle of the room who uses the speaker phone for every one of her personal calls. Those of us sitting around her -- we know way more about her than we should."
Amy posted that she doesn't mind if people at work read her newspaper, "but why turn the sections inside-out, and leave the sections out of order all over the break room?"
Another oft-mentioned peeve regarded those who come to work when they're sick, and even though they're clearly hacking and germy, they make the full circuit of the building so everyone can witness their extreme dedication.
Finally, there was one former co-worker who wrote, "It used to drive me nuts when this one prankster in our office would put a big Absolut logo on the water cooler, which caused the daggone cooler to be drained dry in no time."
The nerve of some people.
Oh, wait. That was me.
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