When People Try to be Polite but are Actually Annoying

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Carlin 

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Carlin’s originally from Edmonton but likes Toronto so much he calls it his new hometown. If you like bad reality TV, playing music and ice cream, he likes your style. Carlin is a huge fan of music and is proud to be part of a station that is too.


The world is a happier place when everyone is considerate of each other. Sometimes that goes too far though, so here are 11 polite things that are actually annoying. What would you add to the list? Tell us in the comments.
 
DRIVERS WHO WAVE AT OTHER MOTORISTS TO GO FIRST AT 4-WAY STOPS
I know you’re trying to be courteous, but you’re just making it more difficult for both of us. Follow the rules of the road and we’ll all get home quicker.

 
OPENING CANDY SLOWLY IN A MOVIE THEATRE
Making a slightly quieter noise over a long period of time is more aggravating than just getting it over with. It’s like pulling a band aid off, just open the wrapper.

 
SINGING HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ADULTS
My old office would get a cake every time someone had a birthday and sing them happy birthday. I am an adult with adult inhibitions and adult insecurities, I don’t want to be the centre of attention as a bunch of people I barely know sing to me.

 
MENTIONING HOW HEALTHY I EAT
Do you think I want to be eating a salad? I would rather be eating literally every other food in the entire world. The only reason I’m eating a salad is because I’m trying to get healthy and that’s making me a little testy too.

 
CORRECTING SOMEONE’S GRAMMAR OR SPELLING ON SOCIAL MEDIA
This is the ultimate in unsolicited advice. You are not trying to help, you are showing off your grade 5 reading level. Go learn something actually intelligent and then you can lord it over people.

 
GOING THE SPEED LIMIT
The only person I know who goes the speed limit is my 55+ year old mother and it’s even hard to sit in the passenger seat. Do everyone a favor and speed up a little.

 
TRYING TO CLOSE A SQUEAKY DOOR SILENTLY
My bathroom door used to squeak and my roommate thought it was better to close it slowly over 30 irritating seconds. I have cursed his bloodline for 2000 years.

 
STOPPING TO LET PEDESTRIANS CROSS BUSY KING/QUEEN STREET
No, they can walk down to the crosswalk or traffic light and wait for their turn there.

 
SMALL TALK
Traffic/weather/sports are all topics of small talk you want to avoid because everyone hates small talk.

 
DRYING SOMEONE’S DISHES FOR THEM
You don’t know where they go, and asking every 3 seconds is a lot more annoying than just sitting down and letting me do it.

 
ASKING: ARE YOU BUSY? CAN I ASK A QUESTION? SUPERFLUOUS QUESTIONS
Someone once said there are no stupid questions, that guy must have been a real A-hole because there are most certainly stupid questions.

 
SAYING BYE BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE OFFICE AT THE END OF THE DAY
JUST GO, even though I’m just pretending to work, you’re still interrupting me.

 

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