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Old 04-06-05, 06:58 PM   #1
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In theory.....

Okay, you're at work and someone there does something that irritates you. It might be the way they tap their feet or the perfume they wear.

Do you ask them to stop it.
Do you go to the boss and ask them to have a word.
or do you shut up about it because you know that saying something may make you appear vunerable in more ways than one?
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Oh man - I live this song everyday!

Foot tapper - well, a new guy on our team complained to our manager that this guy (who I call "Flanders") across from us is too loud and is constantly tappng his feet. He calls customers "Bubbie" and "Scoobadooski" and what not. He is truly a nice guy, but just very good at making himself known - to everybody in a 5 miles radius.
Today, the clouds parted, bells rang, and he moved.

I had asked him a few times to try and bring the volume down as I handle customer-facing trainings and a few times I had customers ask who "the really loud guy" was. Ha...a little funny, but it became annoying rather quickly.
I say ask this person first. That way if it backfires, management will have to step in. Or just wrap the guys desk in tin foil.

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Ask politely.
"Hi, can you not tap your feet so loud? I had a bad night and I'm all over the place right now."
"That perfume's pretty nice but it's really strong. It's getting my allergies up."

Or...
"Hi yea... if you could just, you know, stop the tapping for a bit, I need to concentrate and churn this TPS report out... that'll be great...mmhmm.."
"Yea hi... listen.. the thing about perfume is... that's just wayyy too much... so if you could just.. you know.. not wear any.. great..."
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Here's what I do. I get them drunk, write a suicide note and put it in their pocket, find a nice high cliff and throw them off. it's very effective.

NOTE TO ANY GOVT. SPIES READING THIS: I'm just kidding. mostly.
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I have a new guy that I'm working with right now. He worries 24/7.
"oh my god, this device doesn't work, i'm f**ked!"
"oh my god, this device doesn't work, you're f**ked!"
"oh my god, our systems aren't compatible, we're f**ked!"
"i can't do this anymore, this is a nightmare"
"a nightmare"
"nightmare"
"nightmare"
"horrible..."

So I this afternoon when I found out about this problem, I casually said to him, "listen, I know you like to complain so you might want to sit down for this one, I think if found an inconsistency with the new setup that's totally incompatible with what you're working with" He seemed to mellow out a bit after I said that.
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Speaking of perfume, I did ask this sheila once about it. My eyes were running and she said "Does my perfume bother you"? I wiped my eyes and said "apparently so" she still wears it of course. Must have bought a 44 gallon drum of it on ebay. Anyway, she's as thick as they come.... big, big, big girl so when she gets between me and the window I get my "slightly startled" voice out "an eclipse, oh pardon me". Might also be the damned reason she still wears it
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I told, I told Bill that if they move my desk one more time, then, then I'm, I'm quitting, I'm going to quit. And, and I told Don too, because they've moved my desk four times already this year, and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were married, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire...
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I told, I told Bill that if they move my desk one more time, then, then I'm, I'm quitting, I'm going to quit. And, and I told Don too, because they've moved my desk four times already this year, and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were married, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire...

.....I love these existential threads....
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Okay, you're at work and someone there does something that irritates you. It might be the way they tap their feet or the perfume they wear.

Do you ask them to stop it.
Do you go to the boss and ask them to have a word.
or do you shut up about it because you know that saying something may make you appear vunerable in more ways than one?

Irritate them back. I recommend chronic flatulence.
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Well on the large part, this is all theoretical. However, I have been known to burn my underwear right out. Generally, this has no affect other than to make myself choke since I work in my own office (deputy manager material you see). On occassions I have left the toilet door ajar after a good healthy dump but the perfume tends to over ride even the highest quality offerings.

Also, most of my co-workers are pretty good. Whilst one does semaphores and generally waving her hands about whilst talking, I don't even get to see it unless I'm out in the front office.

Bahh it's just so complicated.
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Old 04-06-05, 09:53 PM   #12
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.....I love these existential threads....
Believe or not, fellow feline, it is a quotation from the classic movie "Office Space." As is this exchange:

Peter Gibbons: You see Bob, it's not that I'm lazy, it's that I just don't care.
Bob Porter: Don't... don't care?
Peter Gibbons: It's a problem of motivation, all right? Now if I work my ass off and Initech ships a few extra units, I don't see another dime, so where's the motivation? And here's another thing, I have eight different bosses right now.
Bob Porter: Eight?
Peter Gibbons: Eight, Bob. So that means when I make a mistake, I have eight different people coming by to tell me about it. That's my only real motivation is not to be hassled, that, and the fear of losing my job. But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired.
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Old 04-06-05, 10:04 PM   #13
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Just do waht you want, when you want, how you want. The ****** that live below me kept me up with bass to rival that in a dance club all night, so I woke up early and jumped up and down really loudly. Funny thing is, I work with the guy whose room is right below mine, and he didn't have a whole lot to say to me today.
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I've got a bloody great knife sitting on my desk now I brought it to work so I could cut up tuna and stuff for my sushi. Yup, I eat weird lunches... in winter I bring a massive bloody camp oven and make baked soup. Anyway, the walking eclipse takes a look at the knife and says "what's that for"? I just said "I'm not sure if I'll use it yet". heheheheh
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Old 04-06-05, 10:46 PM   #15
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baked soup?

I like to eat sushi for lunch, nothing weird about that. Do you like your tuna raw or cooked?

Your co-worker is probably huddled under her desk calling 911(or whatever it is down there) right now

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Baked soup? I put the camp oven into the oven and bake up all the ingredients. The first time I made it, my co-workers thought I'd blown something up but that was just the soup taking affect. Didn't stop till about midnight Shogun was not happy Even less amused when I said that I'd made up enough for a week

Tuna must be raw.

Swat, prolly take 'em about three hours to organise the petrol money to get here. By that time I'll pretend to be "normal" again.
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Ach. Don't say anything to the person who is bothering you. Instead, say something about it to everyone else in the office. And do lots of behind-the-back eyerolls at everyone whenever the offender walks by. This creates a nice caring climate of trust, I've found.
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People who snap gum drive me insane. I don't ask them to stop. I TELL them to stop. If they don't....I steal the gum outta their backpack and chew it all at once and stick it on the back of their backpack when they go to their next class. But the bad thing is there is this girl I really like who sits next to me snaps her gum...oh god....and people ask me where my anger comes from? Thats where...frickin' gum snapping.
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hehehe that's nothing. When I was a flight attendant this one sheila flight attendant drove us absolutely crazy. The whole crew hated her. One more so than the rest of us. While she was on a break, this bloke takes a good healthy dump in her hand bag.

Unfortunately, she didn't notice until we were on the bus taking us to the hotel. The ride in was pretty smelly.
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Hey I just used my secret decoder ring and "this bloke" was translated to "HaagenDas."
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Wasn't me. But someone had to tell him when to walk forward to feed it as one length into the bag.
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...Do you go to the boss and ask them to have a word...
Don't be a snitch!!! seriously, people who do stuff like this are worse than the offender.

I can't stand snitches, gossips etc. Just tell the person in a polite way. If you go to the boss man and "rat on them" they won't trust you (I wouldn't either).
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Wasn't me. But someone had to tell him when to walk forward to feed it as one length into the bag.
What's wrong with the standard 'Mr. Whippy' action?
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Ever see a hosties bag mate? Trust me, fit 'em in lengthwise or they'll never, never go.
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Ask politely.
"That perfume's pretty nice but it's really strong. It's getting my allergies up."

Or...
"Hi yea... if you could just, you know, stop the tapping for a bit, I need to concentrate and churn this TPS report out... that'll be great...mmhmm.."
"Yea hi... listen.. the thing about perfume is... that's just wayyy too much... so if you could just.. you know.. not wear any.. great..."
Or you could do what my daughter did once when she was younger. A lady walked into the room reeking of perfume, and Angela looked around, wrinkled her nose, and said loudly "What is that STENCH??"
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