I once shared an office with a man who, when I asked to borrow his scissors, threw them over to me. They landed on the carpet between our desks, and the resulting standoff lasted until the cleaners picked them up 10 hours later.
This same guy also used to eat a yoghurt each morning, lick his spoon clean, and then put it back in his drawer for re-use. And he would comment each time I reapplied my lipstick, which was unnecessary scrutiny for my poor chapped lips.
But gosh, I did love that guy – we were work spouses.
Anyone who works in an office knows that enforced intimacy of shared workspace leads to these sorts of situations – but not everyone is as lucky as I was to actually like the person despite his many annoying habits (and questionable taste in work wives).
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Take office politics, plus annoying habits, plus people who would otherwise not be friends, and you get the pettiest complaints imaginable – just Google “Sh*t my workmates complain about” and you get articles like “An Honest Guide to Dealing with Dicks at Work” . Terrible for those involved, but glorious for the rest of us to read about.
Another example is a recent thread on Mumsnet, where a user posed the question, “What’s the pettiest work drama you’ve ever been involved with?”
After sharing her own anecdote regarding unrequited love in the workplace, member IntrinsicFieldSubtractor asked others to comfort her by revealing their own pettiest office nightmares.
People were happy to oblige, detailing the worst office politics they’ve witnessed. The tales were so bad that after reading the horror stories, some people with kids said they were glad to be stay-at-home-parents.