Random Rant Alert…


If you are sensitive to random venomous rants switch off now!

I know different countries have different attitudes to some of the following points, so please don’t be offended, but as an uptight English man the following things drive me nuts!

I hate it when people:

  • drop litter in the street. There’s no defence. It’s just plain wrong.
  • throw rubbish out of your car window. You may no longer be able to see it, but I can!
  • flick ash or your cigarette butts out of the car window. You have an ash tray. Use it!
  • drop chewing gum, or sticking it to objects so I end up touching it by accident. I’m a big fan of chewing gum, but when I’ve finished with it I put it in the bin.
  • jump queues. I’m bigger, faster and stronger than average, so if I really wanted to get to the front of a queue by force I probably could. The reason I don’t is I have manners.
  • let there dog go to the toilet in a public place, like a park, without cleaning it up. It may be fine in the countryside, but in a city it’s just wrong.
  • murder a soft toy and fake a suicide to cover your tracks. It’s the start of a slippery slope. Today it’s a soft toy, tomorrow it’s genocide. You will be found and dealt with. Right Doug
  • hog the middle lane on the motorway. Once you’ve overtaken, move over! (suggested by Jeff Moss)

The list could go on, but…



Author: Tim...

DBA, Developer, Author, Trainer.

8 thoughts on “Random Rant Alert…”

  1. >> You will be found and dealt with.

    Believe me – the wheels are in motion! It was *nothing* to do with me …

  2. Re: Bad Day?

    Not really, just encountered some of the items on the list πŸ™‚

    Doug: I believe you. Have you gathered all the forensics yet?



  3. At the risk of opening the floodgates I think you forgot the people who don’t keep to the inside lane on multi lane carriageways aka “middle lane hogs”. Again, no defence and yes, I encounter them daily on my commute to work!

    Another uptight Englishman!

  4. All good points Tim!

    You know what I don’t like? Overzealous wait staff at restaurants, asking me every 5 minutes how my dinner is. If they would give me some peace and let me eat, maybe I could begin to form an opinion!! And if I need a napkin or water…I’ll ask. I find it often here in the USA, mostly in middle-tier restaurants. If I go to a realy nice one the wait staff is usually much more professional.

  5. I agree with you on this point, but it’s not always the fault of the staff. Alot of places require the staff to approach a customer within so many seconds, and revisit the customer every “x” minutes. It’s company policy to annoy the customers πŸ™‚

    I worked in a shoe shop for about 2 years and it was compulsory to be a pain in the butt!



  6. Yes, very true. Here in the USA so many similar middle-tier restaurants are fighting for a piece of the pie. I can imagine how management might really push their employees to be aggressive. One fast food place in my town makes a habit of shouting very loud when a customer walks in the door! I guess it’s parting of their marketing/branding plan πŸ™‚

    — Joao

  7. Tim, you don’t have much to complain about with UK queueing. I spent ONE HOUR in the queue (US: line) for security at Gatwick yesterday and didn’t see a single case of jumping. Though I must confess to my own “advanced queueing technology” that placed me ten places ahead of the guy I was behind when the line split and merged again.

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