Things that make your blood boil (or at least simmer)


macrumors G4
Original poster
En route home last night, an (admittedly chav) couple were standing at outside the Tube station munching through a bag of fries. They finished them and, despite a bin being 10 feet away, tossed the bag into the gutter (which we'd watched a guy sweep clean about 5 minutes beforehand). The bloke then finished licking off the fork and tossed that to join the greasy paper bag. Litter bugs are one thing that really irritate me particularly when there are lots of bins around.

So what turns you into a Grumpy Old (Wo)Man?

Blue Velvet

Moderator emeritus
Jul 4, 2004
1) Management intiatives that fail to take specialists' views into account.

2) Jobsworths (it's not my job, guv).

3) Hype for average movies.


macrumors 6502
Aug 26, 2004
Moorlough Shore
Folks that believe they can do next to anything whilst at the wheel speeding at 60 mph such as texting mobile phones, checking maps, reading a newspaper or books, fumbling for lost stuff under the back seats... and then boom you hve a major pile up/road accident which certainly affects other lifes than just yours. Another habit over here is to drive bumper to bumper despite on a fast motorway ! :mad: :mad:


macrumors G4
Jun 29, 2002
Republic of Ukistan
Lying politicians.

My children emptying the fridge and trashing the kitchen (in their 30s!).

Answering machines telling me they value my business.

The injustice of it all.

Jaffa Cake

macrumors Core
Aug 1, 2004
The City of Culture, Englandshire
I'm normally a pretty tolerant and patient type so my blood doesn't normally boil that often. Usually I'm just fortunate to be able to ignore stuff that would get other people riled but it's little niggly things that annoy me (I have an unhealthy hatred of multiple exclamation marks, for one thing). But in saying that...

Blue Velvet said:
Jobsworths (it's not my job, guv)..
...ties in very neatly with wheel clampers. I've get to meet one yet who isn't a bullying thug. There used to be a group of them who preyed on people at my old offices – on one occasion a courier arrived to pick up a delivery, made his way into reception to get a parking permit for his window, and returned to his van to find a clamp on his wheel and a demand for £60 on his windscreen. It took two hours of phone calls and being verbally abused to get them to return and remove the clamp without charge – by which point our time sensitive delivery was late and I had well and truly lost my rag with the gits.

Still, the clamper ended up in prison a few months later for beating someone up so the story does have a happy ending.

redeye be

macrumors 65816
Jan 27, 2005
Jaffa Cake said:
...Still, the clamper ended up in prison a few months later for beating someone up so the story does have a happy ending.
Not for the guy that got beaten up :rolleyes:, except if he gets to buy a new G5 a 30" ACD and some sportscars with the idiot clampers' money. :p

I'm very old and very grumpy when i try to (bah, having trouble finding the word :)) double, pass, go passed another vehicle on the freeway. The other one notices you and starts driving faster.
Same goes for on- and offramps.

I try to stay calm, good for karma


macrumors member
Jun 16, 2004
Zurich, Switzerland
Dalriada said:
Another habit over here is to drive bumper to bumper despite on a fast motorway ! :mad: :mad:
What really disturbs me here on the motorways is that everyone is accelerating when you start to overtake them. It seems to be a problem of the ego...


Staff member
Dec 7, 2002
New Zealand
Yeah, I really hate that. It really annoys me when you get stuck behind people doing 70 around corners then getting up to 120 on straights (limit's 100 here).


macrumors 68030
Aug 10, 2004
Gall and Hypocracy.

example of Gall; Healthy 35yr old parking in Handicap parking and walking in to the store like a spring chicken.

example of Hypocracy; Politician or citizens who want taxes raised, and they are found trying to avoid them.


macrumors Core
Jun 16, 2004
Where do I start?

People who try to cram as much food in their mouths and then chew with their mouth open.

People who chew chewing gum with their mouth open (especially at 7:30am in a quiet office)

People who ring you up and are talking or eating when you answer.

Very tall people who stand infront of short people at gigs.

People who stick loads of plastic to crap cars and think the car has become a supercar.

...the list goes on...

EDIT: People who continually click 'clicky' pens!!!!
(Just like my boss is doing now :mad: )


Moderator emeritus
Jan 19, 2003
London, England
Willful ignorance.

Inverse snobbery.


BMW drivers... ;)

People who treat road signs/markings as suggestions.

Windows.... :rolleyes:

Broken promises.




Moderator emeritus
Mar 10, 2004
Bergen, Norway
Thoughtlessness gets me, every time...

When people do things with no thought for consequences... or at least consider wether there's a better way to do things...

This can be as simple as (above mentioned) littering when a trash bin is close at hand, here in Bergen there's actually a hugh problem with people spitting their chewing gum everywhere, making every pavement downtown white spotted.

Another, everyday example are car drivers with "tunnel vision", i.e. driving in their own world world with no regards for other cars, bikes or pedestrians.

This goes on all the way up to politicians making decisions often without knowing (or caring?) anything about the case at hand and without a clue to how it will affect society or the people involved... (from simple local politicians regulating local issues up to the international scene and every war in history...)


macrumors 604
Jan 20, 2005
A crockpot, a stove, or a portable gas oven.

And sometimes the Solar Death Ray™.


macrumors 68030
Aug 10, 2004
makisushi said:
Happy Slapping...and if anyone does it to me, I will kick their ass and shove their camera phone down their throat.
didn't know what that was and googled it, someone tries that with me, the buddy recording it better dial 911 for the moron victim who was pulling the stunt.


macrumors G3
May 25, 2004
People who think they can do whatever they want. And if you say something, they act like your doing something wrong.
People who don't care about others (ie, playing loud music at 2 AM, and when u ask them to turn it down, they don't) ( i hate my neighbors in my dorm. :rolleyes:
When a person asks to do something infront of you to another person, and your not invited.
when your friend gets a phone call when your doing someothing social with your friend, and he "has to go home all of a sudden" when u know it wasn't important it was another friend who called and now has something better to do.
Thats my rant for the day :)


macrumors regular
Feb 4, 2003
My hates:

1) Not just prams, but those "double" prams pregnant women push. I mean, which woman was it that thought "hmmmm, pushing a pram in the middle of the pavement doesnt quite make me look cheap and tasteless enough. Ill push a double pram instead."
As far as im concerned, if something has wheels it goes in the road.

2) Tablemats. Mini-tables on top of a table. WHY????? What was wrong with just putting a glass on a table? Why the need for something to protect the table? For gods sake its just a table. Asides from the flaw in principles, tablemats are normally the cause of spillages and accidents and so statistically i bet they damage your table more than would happen without.

3) Pot Pourri. Scented rubbish. Apparently just regular scent wasnt good enough for mankind, so some bright spark added some rubbish to it.

4) Sliced Bread, and anyone who uses THAT phrase with it. In my opinion its highly overrated.

5) American sport. Im going to avoid the temptation to bash all americans and your nation (it would be too easy), and just focus on your sport. Its awful. I mean really just monotonously awful. I have never experienced a more over rated event than going to a baseball game. Its just all style and no substance. If you want eternal youth then just go to a baseball game, time passes so achingly slowly youll end up in yesterday.

6) Chavs. I just cant come up with a reason to justify their pitiful existence.

7) People who cant answer a question straight. And people who dabble in amateur psychology to avoid a difficult question.

8) Hairdressers. Its taken me 7 years to find a decent one who listens to what i want. And hey, if your a hairdresser and are reading this, you might be suprised to know that when customers nod their head at what you chat on about, we are actually just not listening.

9) Vauxhalls. Dull cars driven by dull people.

10) Students. Whilst i have met some very nice ones, the large majority are a bunch of stuck up wankers. Self obsessed bunch of know-nothing idiots. My response to them "Enjoy your debt".

11) My girlfriend every fourth week. I know its hard for her. I mean if i bled out of my nob once a month then i would frankly ***** myself. But please, please, please, go easy on me. Im just a bloke. Im not blessed with intellect.

12) Happy people. Not content people, but overly cheerful people. People who find enjoyment in every little crevice of this crumby life. Standing next to someone like that is really unbelievably depressing. Talking to them is even worse. Avoid.

Extras) Harry potter, Religion, steven spielberg, people who laugh at their own jokes, the office joker, those charity leeches who approach you begging on the street for donations, those accident and injury people also begging on the street for donations, manchester united, anyone who is "retro" anything.

And i think thats about all really.
Now im off out. Bye


macrumors Core
Jan 6, 2004
1. Stupid people - the people who should know better but dont
2. Bad Drivers - Yes i do know the rules of the road here, many people dont and think they can do whatever they please, it pisses me off
3. people who think they are smarter/better than you with not evidence (aren't we all equal anyways?)
4. people who dont know when to shut up
5. people who wont just hear you out and are so closedminded and think they know everything
6. loud music from the trunks of cars that cause the car to rattle like it is going to fall to peices
7. people using a car horn as a doorbell
8. a fat person eating mcdonalds (come on get a grip!)
9. drama queens and kings

thats all i have for now..... yes i have pet peeves, i try not to let them get to me, and often times they dont, but they are all annoying nonetheless (to me)