You know when something starts to irritate you it just gets worse and worse. Well that is happening to me!
This is going to be a moan post, so be warned.
Opposite my office is an open meeting area where some of my colleagues have lunch – my fault totally as I started it. I thought it would be better to eat there than in my office. Yes, I know only a meter away but at least it was a change of scenery.
The problem now is that one of the women I work with eats there on a regular basis, but it is not the eating that is the problem. It is what she does after she has eaten. She SUCKS her teeth, or at least I can only assume that that is what she is doing. That is what it sounds like. This then carries on for about 5 minutes, VERY loudly and about every 25 – 30 seconds. URGH!!! It is so bad that I have now had to time the start of my coffee and lunch breaks so that they coincide with her sucking! Yes, this happens twice a day – thank fully she only works till 2; I don’t think I could cope in the afternoon as well. So now I go to the kitchen to prepare my lunch at about that time. My other colleagues have also mentioned that I am a lot friendlier lately. I tend to go walkabouts around the offices until she has gone back to her desk.
The second or third time it happened I went and asked if she was ok? She looked at me blankly. I told her she was making a noise and I just wanted to check that she was not choking or something (yeah right). She just laughed and carried on sucking. Hmmm, so that did not work….
I suppose there is only one way to handle this politely and that is to keep getting up from my desk and going on walkabouts twice a day? I mean you can’t exactly tell somebody to stop making a noise or buy her a gift of dental floss, or false teeth glue or whatever might solve the problem – although I have thought about it!
Edited to add: I wonder what I do that really irritates my co-workers? Hmm, maybe should find out and work on correcting that before I critise others….