People eh?

@WorDazza (10106)
Manchester, England
August 4, 2016 11:59am CST
Just when you think you've witnessed just about everything working life can throw at you some weirdo takes you by surprise. In the afternoons, after the canteen staff have gone home, a selection of goodies is left out and an honesty box scheme is operated. This includes a refrigerated section containing some rather appetising cream cakes. It has recently come to light that somebody has been surreptitiously taking a bite out of the cream cakes and putting them back. It really is difficult to comprehend what must be going through this individual's mind. But then again I'm a software engineer and, over the years, I've witnessed some very strange behaviour on the part of some of my less, shall we say normal, colleagues. There was the gentleman who, upon taking his seat in the canteen, would put his dessert and his main meal on the same plate, mash it all up and eat it. This was regardless of content. A gravy-laden roast dinner would be carefully mingled with a sponge pudding and custard! I suppose it all ends up in the same place! Then there was the fellow who always seemed to have a bandage on his finger. It was so filthy it must have been on their for months. He'd obviously been picking at it because a number of dirty threads hung from it like some unhygienic jellyfish. Anyway, one day I glanced across at his desk to find him using one of the aforementioned disease-ridden threads as dental floss! My disgust was compounded by the fact that, not half an hour earlier, while I was relieving myself at the urinal, he emerged from one of the cubicles, walked straight past the sinks and dried his hands on the roller towel. I dried my hands using toilet paper from that day forth!!! And omitted him from my daily departmental kissing round.
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@Drosophila (16713)
• Ireland
4 Aug 16
dear god! yes.. you do wonder if these people have been house trained
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
4 Aug 16
I've actually just remembered the bloke who used to sit in meetings with his fingers inserted into the gaps of his shirt buttons, picking bits of skin or navel fluff (not sure I want to know which) and eating it. Maybe it was a drive towards self-sufficiency.
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@Drosophila (16713)
• Ireland
4 Aug 16
@WorDazza omg! all they say about software engineers are true!
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
4 Aug 16
@Drosophila I would like to reassure you that I am not your average software engineer. I'm much stranger!
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@MALUSE (40099)
• Germany
4 Aug 16
What do people need made-up horror stories for I wonder. Walking through life with open eyes provides one with enough horror.
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
4 Aug 16
Ain't that the truth. There does, however, seem to be a higher than average proportion of weirdos in the software engineering community.
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@MALUSE (40099)
• Germany
4 Aug 16
@WorDazza I wouldn't know about that. My real life horror story: Once I was travelling by train. There were not many passengers in the wagon. I heard a strange noise behind me and when I turned round, I saw a man (in his thirties) with one bare foot on the seat beside him cutting off his toe nails with a pair of scissors. You must admit that this story gets a top rank in the stinker list.
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
4 Aug 16
@MALUSE I have just told my daughter that story and it has made her feel slightly ill.
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@rebelann (41230)
• El Paso, Texas
4 Aug 16
Oh lordy, I would hate to be anywhere near that last fellow you wrote about DISGUSTING!! I sure do hope I read something more interesting so when the day ends the image of all this isn't still in my brain. I'm having a hard time tryin to figure out what "daily kissing" actually refers to.
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
4 Aug 16
Don't you kiss everyone at work every day?
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@pgntwo (21648)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
4 Aug 16
@WorDazza Or a group huddle?
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@rebelann (41230)
• El Paso, Texas
4 Aug 16
No, I've never done that @WorDazza of course now I'm retired and kissin furbabies ain't my bag.
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@Platespinner (16492)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
4 Aug 16
Ew, ew, EEEEWWWW!
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
5 Aug 16
Congratulations. You get the award for this post's most appropriate and most concise response!
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@vandana7 (64864)
• India
8 Aug 16
@WorDazza ... And one that finds no place in Webster's dictionary may be?
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
8 Aug 16
@vandana7 It doesn't. But maybe it should!
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
4 Aug 16
Some deserts and main meals would possibly blend well, but certainly not all of them.
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
4 Aug 16
Maybe there's a cookery show in this. All three courses on one plate. I think we've hit on a winner here!!
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
4 Aug 16
@WorDazza I can just imagine some of the entries for such a show. Minestrone soup, Irish stew and Ice cream.
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
4 Aug 16
@Asylum That was sounding pretty good until the ice cream!!
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@jaboUK (53924)
• United Kingdom
4 Aug 16
If there were any children in your workplace I would have thought that one of them was guilty of taking a bite out of the cakes, just to see what reaction they'd get. But grown people? Sheesh. And the rest of those you talk about -OMG!
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
5 Aug 16
I sometimes think there are a number of people I've worked with who are basically children when it comes to everyday social interaction.
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@vandana7 (64864)
• India
8 Aug 16
@WorDazza .. Oh how mature..
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@xFiacre (4438)
• Ireland
4 Aug 16
@wordazza Time perhaps for a new job with a new set of colleagues?
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
4 Aug 16
Or time to retire maybe!!
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@xFiacre (4438)
• Ireland
4 Aug 16
@WorDazza I have 8 years to go. Haven't started counting the days yet, just the years.
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
4 Aug 16
@xFiacre 3 and a half years and I'm off. Although I think it will be a miracle if I last that long.
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@peavey (16587)
• United States
4 Aug 16
I guess, as they say, "It takes all kinds." Sometimes, you have to wonder how many kinds there are, though.
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
5 Aug 16
For the sake of your own sanity it's probably best not to wonder too deeply!!
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@peavey (16587)
• United States
5 Aug 16
@WorDazza You're right although I sometimes wonder if I have any sanity left to lose.
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@JESSY3236 (6505)
• United States
5 Aug 16
You work with some nasty people. If you ever get sick, you'll know why.
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
5 Aug 16
It is actually a serious concern. Quite often we have test equipment which is shared around departments. You do wonder who's been touching it before you!!
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@kaka135 (14072)
• Malaysia
4 Aug 16
When I read you are a software engineer and have seen many "weird" people around, I laughed, as I was a software engineer too. I just can't imagine an adult, a professional would do that - take a bite out of the cake. I remember I bought a box of ice cream from supermarket, when we opened it at home, one scoop was missing. To me, that was so disgusting, and of course the whole box has to be thrown. Who would do that in the supermarket?
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
5 Aug 16
It really is incredible that an intelligent adult would do such a thing!!
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4 Aug 16
That's all well and good, but can you trump somebody having a poo, more than once, in the middle of the floor in the disabled toilet? That happened where Husband used to work and I don't think they ever caught the culprit. There are some odd people around. Interestingly, that was probably a software engineer. What is it with you guys?!
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
5 Aug 16
Hey, don't lump me in with the rest of them. I've been told on a number of occasions, by people I work with, that I'm in the wrong job. Somebody did actually do that in the middle of the floor of the gents toilets where I used to work in London. Just the once though. Maybe the same person as at your Hubby's place of employment.
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@Corbin5 (106205)
• United States
4 Aug 16
Dang, you really do work with a great deal of odd and yucky.
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
4 Aug 16
They probably think the same thing about me!!
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@jstory07 (67037)
• Roseburg, Oregon
4 Aug 16
That man sounds really gross. Maybe you should give him a clean dressing.
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
4 Aug 16
That would involve getting a lot closer to him than I would like!
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
8 Aug 16
Yes, I'd probably avoid kissing this fella as well. Lovely images. I'm glad you did not get close enough to be enveloped in a cloud of his breath.
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
8 Aug 16
Maybe I did, passed out and don't remember it!
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
9 Aug 16
@WorDazza I'm glad you don't remember it. I'll have to retell my story of the homeless woman on the BART train. I had to burn some of my clothes. That's an exaggeration, but you get the point.
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
9 Aug 16
@TheHorse I'm intrigued now. That's a post I would definitely make a point of seeking out.
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@DaddyEvil (24768)
• Aurora, Missouri
7 Aug 16
OMG! Ewww! I am happy to hear you quit kissing him after you saw those actions! Although, had I seen you kissing him, I might have had some serious questions to pose to your wife! When I still lived with my parents, one of my brothers always mashed all his food up in a big mess before eating it... He always claimed it ended up in the same place anyway, but I always told him he should at least make an effort to taste each one separately before mashing them all together! You never know, one of the them might taste good!
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
7 Aug 16
I've never quite bought that 'it all ends up in the same place' explanation. If you take that argument to it's logical conclusion you may as well just chuck it all down the toilet!!
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@DaddyEvil (24768)
• Aurora, Missouri
7 Aug 16
@WorDazza LOL! Now, see, I wasn't going there! (Thank you for going there for me! LOL!)
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
7 Aug 16
@DaddyEvil I'm extremely surprised you hadn't been there and were already on your way back
@just4him (116935)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Aug 16
People are a strange breed.
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
9 Aug 16
Indeed we are. It always amazes me how people get so fascinated by the behaviour of animals and have a bit of a chuckle at their idiosyncratic ways. We exhibit are far more ridiculous behaviour traits. And we're supposed to be the intelligent ones!
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@just4him (116935)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Aug 16
@WorDazza I think when we watch the antics of animals, we are not only laughing at them, but ourselves as well when we exhibit the same kind of behavior.
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@LoriAMoore (4792)
• United States
9 Aug 16
Gross, gross, gross!
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
9 Aug 16
Agree, agree, agree.
@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
9 Aug 16
I seem to remember, some years ago now, tests upon a bowl of peanuts left on a bar for customers produced evidence of the peanuts being enhanced by seven, er, specimens of urine. At least seven people hadn' t washed their hands!
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@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
9 Aug 16
Yeah, I saw that too. Maybe if they DNA tested the urine they'd find it was seven people I've worked with!!
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