Come on, own up.
We all have them, those annoying little things that don’t exactly make us throw our hands up in exasperation, but are more likely to just make us think we’re glad it isn’t us, make us check ourselves/our clothing, or even chuckle at someone else’s mishap or bad timing.
1. I don’t understand why children under ten have to have a mobile phone as a ‘toy’.
However, when watching one said under ten year old posing in a shop with her new gadget, I snorted out loud when she walked straight into a display mountain of tins.
2. Someone you particularly don’t like thinks they are a cut above the rest of us and brags about the cost of their latest outfit. Then you notice a ladder in their stocking moving northwards at quite an alarming rate (and don’t tell them).
3. Same someone who insists they can only wear designer shoes, and forgets to take the sale price sticker off the sole.
4. A visitor tells you they are vegetarian, so you go out of your way to ensure you cook something suitable only to discover them in McDonalds with their face wrapped round a BigMac the following day.
5. The poser who buys from a cheap supermarket but insists on using a posh carrier bag in which to carry their purchases.
(I’ll let people off as from Oct 1st when shops in the UK will be stinging us 5p per plastic bag and most of us will finally remember to take our own)
6. Someone tells you they have just spent an extortionate amount of money on something, and you know for a fact that it only cost a tenth of the price (probably because you have one too).
7. Name/place droppers.
Those who imply they know someone, or have been somewhere and expect you to drop to your knees in worship or wonder (a new boat couple were boasting about having a berth in Poole until I said it was my home town, so probably knew exactly where they were moored if they’d actually mentioned the area, which they didn’t).
8. Standing in a queue, being ‘nice’ and letting someone go ahead of you because they only have two or three items, then they continue shopping while YOU wait.
9. You tell someone you’re on a diet, and the first thing they buy you is a bar of chocolate or a sticky bun.
But my favourite?
10. Cards/ Gifts.
I find it amusing when someone deliberately leaves the price on the back so that you’re aware of how much it cost.
I’d love to hear your top ten ‘niggles’!
This is an observation post, no offense intended.