Ten Little Niggles

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.

For instance.
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’!

Note:
This is an observation post, no offense intended.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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13 Responses to Ten Little Niggles

  1. colinandray says:

    I don’t understand No.10 – How can you tell whether the price was left on deliberately, or by an oversight?

    • It was the person I received it from actually, she always made a big thing about how much things cost. πŸ™‚

      • colinandray says:

        I feel sad for people who are always trying to impress because it tells me that their self worth is based on outside approval. Given that you can never please everybody, it tends to show as low self esteem and general negative views of life. Such a shame.

      • A firm believer in ‘it’s the thought that counts’, I am always glad to be remembered, and never worried if the ‘gift’ cost pence or pounds. It saddens me though to think that some people, even friends or family, think the more they spend on you, the more you’ll like them, then they go on about how much they’ve spent. 😦

  2. colinandray says:

    My top 10 in no particular order:

    1. Women who think that my holding a door open for them infers that they are incapable.
    2. Motorists who honk and assume that everybody within hearing range knows why.
    3. Free offers that cost me money to get them.
    4. Door to door sales people in general.
    5. People who are always complaining, but don’t do anything to resolve the cause.
    6. People who start a sentence with “If I were you ………………” You are not me!
    7. People who freely vocalize problems, but never offer potential solutions.
    8. Stores that have an attractive item on sale, but have always just sold the last one.
    9. Dog owners who pretend not to see their dog pooping in somebody’s garden.
    10. People who talk but clearly do not listen.

  3. scifihammy says:

    I like your 10 niggles πŸ™‚

  4. I wish I could watch a video of the kid on the phone (wait, does that make me mean to want to see something like that?).

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