Annoying Public Habits...Which one tops your list?

United States
February 14, 2007 3:48pm CST
There seems to be such a lack of public humility, politeness, and manners in our society anymore, that it is quite common for me to be able to, walk down the street, go to a restaurant or movie theater and find myself rolling my eyes, shaking my head or curling my toes. I am not insinuating in the least, that people aren't entitled to their freedoms. I am talking about basic politeness and actions that should be considered obviously rude. Of the many frustrations or "Pet Peeves" I can think of, the one that probably tops my list is, long loud conversations in the movie theater. That one tops my list I think because I paid money to see and HEAR the movie, and it never seems to fail the talkers end up right behind me. What most annoys you?
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• United States
14 Feb 07
People talking on cellphones while they are being checked out at a store has to be my biggest pet peeve. It is so rude to the checker, but also to those of us who have to listen to some stupid conversation that could wait until they finished what they are doing. People not using blinkers. Not holding the door for someone. The movie thing is right up there, however, I am pretty nasty, I will go get a manager and ask them to be moved or leave.
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• United States
14 Feb 07
I've been on the customer service end of those people, and I found myself quite often curling my toes as I would wait patiently for it to take them several trips to fondle through their wallets or pockets with one hand only to pull out 1/10 of their total, accompanied by a piece of lint. I can relate. Maybe I'm not on the minority side of things in this discussion..lol
• United States
15 Feb 07
Yeah thats my worst pet peeve also. I work at customer service so it's especially annoying when they come up there talking on their cell phone. I have no idea what they want and depending on my mood, I will either loudly ask them how they are doing or just stare at them until they actually stop talking.
• United States
14 Feb 07
Public spitting is definitely at the top of my list, but I think even more is the talking on the cell phone so everyone can hear your conversation. I don't really want to hear what your cat did while you were gone or what your friend did on their date last night - of course this wonderful little pet peeve of mine didn't begin until a few years ago, when cell phones became so pervasive in society.
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• United States
14 Feb 07
I was watching a comedian the other night, and I don't remember who it was, but he made my laugh when he said he had gone up to an individual that was talking loudly on there cell phone and put himself in their conversation..finally the person said, "can I have a little privacy?"..and the comedian said he replied with, "NO, your in PUBLIC, as a matter of fact your privacy is interfering with my PUBLIC"..you might have had to here it for it to make you laugh, but it was funny. Thanks for sharing.
@rosie_123 (6118)
14 Feb 07
LOL! And I thought they always sat right behind me! Yes - the talkers annoy me too, but my worst pet peeve is people who spit in the street. It is a disgusting, appalling, rude, and unhygienic habit in my opinion, - it kind of makes my blood boil just to think of it! Oh and people who eat greasy, smelly burgers in public places, and throw the wrappers around. I am vegetarian, and thr smell makes me want to throw up! Thanks for letting me rant!
• United States
14 Feb 07
LOL Rosie I prefer to call it venting. I could go on an on but then I would probably sound as though I was being overly judgmental of society. Nonetheless though, second on my list is those dang drivers who pull out in front of you like they are in a hurry only to drive 10 mph under the speed limit, and never mind the fact that there was nobody behind you for blocks. What's up with that? LOL
• United States
15 Feb 07
The most disgusting and unique public display of groomimg (which I can't stand) is a girl who clipped and filed her long nails next to me on a train. During rush hour no less! I kept thinking I was on "Punked" or something like that. It happened a year ago, but I still think about it in amazement. Luckily, no one was wounded by any stray nail clippings.
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• United States
15 Feb 07
Thats a new one for me! That is pretty disgusting and I have never heard of anyone doing that in public before. The least she could have done, was hand out goggles ahead of time..lol
@katied22 (17)
15 Feb 07
If you are in a restaurant and people sat on the table next to you start smoking whilst your clearly still eating. Also, people who fall asleep on trains and start snorning. When you are in a queue and the person behind you is so close to you, they think they are getting closer to the front and they are breathing down your neck! Also if you are in a queue or in a small shop and someone has flatulents! Please go outside or wait until you are!!
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15 Feb 07
And one more thing - people who don't pick up after their dogs!! That is the most utterly disgusting thing ever!!
• United States
15 Feb 07
I know Im one of many that has a problem with people on cell phones. Its not so much that i have to hear their conversations, or that they talk loud or interrupt me, its how so many people can not seem to live without their cell phones. It drives me insane. You leave class, everyone busts out their cell phones, calls up their friends. Your plane hits the ground, 2 seconds later people are on the phone talking about how their flight was. You cant go anywhere without hearing the ear splitting, lacookaracha ring tone. What happened to old fashion person to person talking? It is possable to survive without knowing where everyone you know is at every exact moment. Dont get me wrong, i love having a cell phone. But I do not need it every second of every day.
• United States
15 Feb 07
I answer phones for a living and one of the things that drives me nuts is when I answer the phone and the caller doesn't know it because they are to wound up in the coversation they are having with the people in the room with them. Come on now if you can't pay attention to the call you are making then finish what you are doing and then call.
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@atrocious (209)
• Nepal
15 Feb 07
There are different annoying things that happen when we are out in the society. There are people out there who are causing different problems which annoy everyone else. Such behaviour really gets on my nerves and the behavior which is on the top of my list is quarreling while traveling in public transportation systems. It really gets on my nerves.
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@xabimaru (340)
• Malaysia
15 Feb 07
Well your top list of annoying public habits also one of mine too. As for the the best one is public trowing their garbage and their unwanted stuff at the area where authorities have put-up sign "Don't Throw/Dispose Your garbage Here". Well at this certain area where people say don't than that will means yes to them. What really happend to the noncivic minded people? Do they can't read the sign or just having fun breaking the law??
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• United States
15 Feb 07
I have two major pet peeves that are comon in the public today. People talking on their cell phone when other people can see and hear them. This is only an annoyance in banks, waiting in lines, movie theaters, & in restaurants. My other pet peeve of a public annoyance is those who play their music too loud in public areas. This is when people don't use headphones.
• United States
15 Feb 07
Definitely the loud talk in a theater...even worse, when people don't turn off their cell phones, and actually answer them while the movie is going on, and talk on their phone as though there was no one around them, in a loud voice. Absolutely mind-boggling how people can do that and not be aware at all of what they are doing. People who run red lights. So dangerous. People who decide for whatever reason they can tell me their morbid life stories if by chance I make eye contact with them..total strangers do that to me. People who trash wherever they've been. That's just so strange to me, how people just don't care about messes they leave. Anyway, when I see this in others, I try to be more careful how I behave in public myself, as I'm not guiltless.
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• United States
21 Feb 07
My biggest pet peeve is when your out at a restaurant and people have their cell phones on and they are talking on them and eating at the same time... I can't stand people who smack their mouths when they eat or talk with food in their mouths it is rude and disgusting.........
• United States
22 Feb 07
The combination of those two habits especially is quite crude. Could you imagine being on the other end of that phone? I would hang up!
15 Feb 07
talking in the movies deinately! and when people don't say thanks or anything when you have taken time to hold the door open for them or something like that.
• United States
15 Feb 07
I kind of get a bit irritated when there is a lot of traffic and you are polite enough to let someone pull out of a side street or driveway, and they give you that little wave of the "thank you". I just think to myself "fine, be that way, how ruuuude".
@smints8985 (1595)
• United States
15 Feb 07
oh! Oh! I have one! I hate it people pass you and they even have to bump into you or even slighty push you aside... Like what the heck it that??? Can they not keep their hands off other people??? I just hate that!
• United States
15 Feb 07
For just that reason I am not a huge fan of going to the mall or anywhere else that is crowded. I get so sick and tired of constantly being bumped into as I attempt to move out of someones way, as they walk 40 mph, yet they make no attempt whatsoever, to take one simple step to the left or right. I know...they are on a roll and it make break their stride to take a 12 inch step in either direction.
@g_aileen09 (1354)
• Philippines
15 Feb 07
I am quite annoyed by PDA - Public Display of Attention - Like couples ---mostly students--- who, as if there's no more "tomorrow" for both of them. I find the act offensive.
• Philippines
15 Feb 07
I mean... affection (not attention).. sorry can't edit it anymore... :(
@34momma (13893)
• United States
15 Feb 07
The one public habit that get's to me is when folks are talking on speak with the cell phones. I don't want to hear their conversation, nor does anyone else on the bus or walking down the street. Please people get blue tooth cause i don't want to know that your baby father is cheating on you once again!! LOL
@cat14675 (15)
• United States
15 Feb 07
Cell phone talkers! I am having a quiet evening dinner out with my husband (a rare event) and at the table next to us, a woman gets out her cell phone, calls a resort hotel down the road a way and makes reservations, and then gives them her credit card number to confirm the reservations. If we were of the type, we could have played hell with that, instead, it just put a damper on the evening. Just a few weeks ago, we were out at a different place eating out, and looked across the place and there were two people at a table, stuffing food in their face, and both talking on cell phones. If I am out on a date with you, I expect to talk to you, look at you, listen to you, and only take a call on that cell phone if it is an emergency. That means a short quick conversation, or I am stepping out of the public eating place so that I do not disturb others.
@gehaste (342)
• Romania
15 Feb 07
listening to my neighbours music at 07.00 in the morning or during the week-end...at least if it was something nice..
• Belgium
15 Feb 07
I fully understand your frustration, me myself can go nuts on people who do anything to be seen. Like acting 'stupid' or like you said making a lot of noise ... Another thing I really hate are old people driving a car :) Ok there are a few good drivers but most of them are getting me nuts on they way they drive ... People like them are the reason of so many accidents and it is not because I'm 'young' I say this but it is really a mess :)
• United States
15 Feb 07
I have a lot of these, but at the top of the list....loud talkers (especially cell phones) in restaurants or theaters, groups of people who have to walk down the sidewalk or through a store all lined up side-by-side and thus blocking everyone else from walking past them, and parents who let their kids run wild in public.