Okay, I thought it would be fun to talk about our Pet Peeves today. It is funny to think that some of the things that make us bonkers, other people don’t even notice. So let’s play a game of: I’ll tell you some of my top Pet Peeves, and you tell me yours. I am a little bit of a germophobe, so I am sure some of my pet peeves have to do with that personality trait of mine. Okay here we go, I am going to list 5 of my top pet peeves below.
1. Bag Lickers
It seems no matter what checkout lane I choose, 8 out of 10 cashiers are bag lickers. If you do not know what I am talking about, let me explain. If you are like me and have lots of reusable shopping bags but always seem to be without them in the store, then you have probably encountered a bag licker or two. Maybe, you have never even noticed and I am on the opposite end because I am hyper aware. So since plastic grocery bags tend to stick together, it is sometimes difficult for cashiers to open them to bag your items. So while I have seen some that keep a moist paper towel to wet their fingers, most just stick their fingers in their mouth to wet them and then take their saliva covered fingers to open you plastic bag and handle all the items going in that bag. This grosses me out to no end and I wish I had the courage to tell them exactly what I am thinking; “Why don’t you just lick all my food before I bring it home? Don’t you realize what is on your hands? You are handling money, didn’t your mother ever tell you that money is the dirtiest thing in the world? Do you know where some of that money has been?” I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. So I do appreciate self checkout when they have them and appreciate those cashiers that use moist towels to wet their finger tips.
2. Finger Lickers
No, I don’t mean Kentucky Fried Chicken lovers, I mean have you ever shown someone a magazine article or circular ad and they take your magazine and start turning pages and for some reason they need to lick their fingers to turn the pages. It is at that point, I tell them just to keep the magazine and read it at their leisure. I mean really, I asked you to look at something, not lick it. I have issues here people and I don’t put my saliva all over my reading materials and I certainly don’t want anyone elses. Probably why I no longer read the magazines in doctor’s offices or hospitals, anywhere for that matter. One of the best things about my iPad 2 is that I have my own saliva free reading material wherever I go.
3. Money Lips:
Well, referring back to pet peeve one, I was raised instilled with the fact that money, was the dirtiest thing in the world. I just cannot handle when I see people put money in their mouth, to hold it while they do something. Literally if I see that, I am dry heaving. Along those lines are people who count their money and lick their fingers which I have seen by people and bank tellers everywhere. Yuck!!! As I would tell my little ones, “Dirty, Caca, Yuck!!!”
4. Tissue Holders:
No not the ones in your bathroom that hold your toilet tissue, but those people who walk around with tissues in their hand. Now I have nothing against the fact that they are carrying a tissue, but my peeve is that it is often these tissue holders that always want to touch you and shake your hand with the hand holding the tissue. I am not big on shaking hands without tissues but please don’t touch me or my baby with a tissue in your hand. Along these lines, I also cringe when a person that you see touching, wiping their nose and lips with their hands then immediately reaches out to shake your hand. That’s okay lets just bow like the Japanese to show respect.
5. Serving Utensil Snubbers:
You know when you are having a big dinner with family and or friends and the food is served family style on the table, and then someone goes for a second helping, and even though the serving utensil is in the bowl or plate, they stick their fork in to serve themselves. I know if one of my brothers is reading this, he is laughing with me, because this is a pet peeve of both of ours and one of the offending people is one of our other 2 brothers. Even my kids are aware of Uncle Blank and his less than hygienic table manners. It is often after these people dig around in the serving bowl with their utensil, that they enjoy telling you how sick they have been.
6. Double Dippers:
The reason I don’t eat dips at parties is due to the double dipper. When I entertain and if I am serving something like a platter of shrimp with cocktail sauce I will often serve the cocktail sauce with individual sauce cups so everyone can have their own and dip as much as they want.
7. Aisle Hogs:
You know those people in the grocery store or any store with carts, that walk in the middle of the aisle and have no idea they are not the only ones in the store. Even worse they like to stop turn their cart just enough so it is across the aisle and zone out looking across the aisle at the condiments. Some are pleasant when you have to mutter, “excuse me” but others look at you as though you should just wait or turn around. Along these lines are people on the escalator who just stand there when it gets to the top or bottom after they step off. Not a good idea.
Okay, so I went a couple over the top 5 that I told you I would share, but I couldn’t help myself, and it felt good to get that all out. I know it’s my germophobiness (my own word) that make the first 6 bother me so much. So now that I have let you in on mine, please feel free to tell me yours.