For no reason whatsoever, here are some small problems which I find disproportionately irritating. It’s not a definitive list, these are just the things that spring to mind.
The point on a pencil breaks. I sharpen it. Then it breaks again. I sharpen it. Guess what? It breaks again. Maybe it’s a dodgy pencil, or maybe there’s something wrong with my sharpening technique.
A shop assistant hands over the change with the coins resting on the note and all of it resting on the receipt. Cue the dropping of coins while trying to get everything into one’s purse, while other people are waiting to be served.
Typos are everywhere. Even on my blog, I daresay. I see them on the BBC website, in nearly all of the books I read, in the subtitles of films. I try to ignore them but I’m just one of those people who pick up on details.
Notification sounds on smartphones. Little beeps, chirps, chimes, whatever – they are all annoying and surely most of the time are telling the users something extremely important such as a ‘like’ on Facebook.
Letters are sent to your house, addressed to someone who hasn’t lived there for a long time. Cross the address out, write on the envelope that the person doesn’t live here, write ‘return to sender’… and the letters continue to arrive.
Shoppers at the supermarket pick up a bunch of bananas, pull one banana off it, then leave it behind. All these rejected single bananas had better be going to good homes.
Cyclists on the pavement. Now, this is actually illegal in the UK (so not such a negligible problem) but I doubt anyone is ever prosecuted over it. What’s worse is when cyclists – usually teenagers – don’t even stop to let pedestrians go past.
An empty toilet roll in the holder, with a toilet roll balanced on top or left on the cistern, as if it’s beneath anyone to spend a couple of seconds changing it. This doesn’t happen at my house, however.
Do you find these little problems annoying? Anything to add to the list? If you’re interested to know what else annoys me, you might like this post.
Image of a grumpy cat by Manfred Richter on Pixabay.