CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Last week's column on office pet peeves opened a can of worms. Or maybe a case.
It also left me feeling a little awkward around my own office, as several of my co-workers seem convinced I wrote about them.
I would never do something like that. Oh, no. Never. Not me.
Not when there're so many other offices to choose from.
"A woman in our office has a habit of vigorously scraping the absolute last of the contents of her yogurt, pudding or whatever type container she is eating from with a spoon," wrote one emailer. "That rapid-fire tic-tic-tic (think rock in a tire tread) gets on everyone's nerves, and she does it at least once per shift."
When things are slow, the same employee plays computer games on her office computer, which her co-worker wouldn't mind if she'd turn off the music.
Several people wrote about co-workers who make random odd noises or who talk to themselves.
"One man in our office does a running commentary about his progress on different projects, but he's not talking to anyone. He's all by himself in there. Occasionally, we'll hear him say, 'Hmmm. What do you think about that, buddy boy?' But he's ALL ALONE. Not even on the phone."
Another wrote about a woman in her office who will be typing away, totally intent on whatever it is she's working on, and then will randomly bark out a loud, "Ha!"
"It scares the crap out of me," she wrote. "I mean, I should be used to it by now, but I get all lulled by her typing and it's so quiet in there, just the two of us. And then, 'HA!' I need to invest in adult diapers if I'm going to keep working here."