Everyone has his or her own pet peeves.
So do I, naturally. I think I started developing them as soon as I could harness the powerful human emotion of annoyance. My list of pet peeves has evolved over time - it has got longer.
Currently, the list comprises the following acts that are capable of inducing immeasurable amounts of displeasure at any given time...
- Service without a smile - I'm not talking about kopitiam servers and the like but so-called professional service consultants particularly at corporate offices, boutiques and various other establishments. Maybe their remuneration is not commensurate with their ability or requirement to just be pleasant. Or perhaps they have come across too many clients who are not worth expending the effort. That's beside the point. The service charter or mission statement serves a purpose, and so do they.
- Lack of courtesy - People just don't hold the lift or leave the door open for others anymore. The words, 'Please' or 'Thank You' or 'Excuse Me' are hard to come by these days, let alone, 'Sorry'.
- Road abusers - This phenomenon is quite commonplace in KL. I get disturbed by drivers who tailgate at dangerously high speeds, do not utilise signal lights, incapable of differentiating between overtaking (from the right lane) and cutting off (from any lane), hog traffic, and do not adhere to traffic lights. Polite gestures such as giving way at junctions or at least leaving clear the yellow boxes are non-existent. Let's not even get started on illegal double parking.
- Body odour - I know this is possibly a medical condition that may not be rectified, but there are products in the market designed specifically to address this issue. Anti-perspirant, deodorant, cologne, perfume...chlorox, maybe? I go to the gym a lot and there is no greater killjoy while working out than having Mr/ Ms BO stretching out the sweaty arm pits at the next machine... you get the picture.
- Dining etiquette - I'm not talking about kopitiams or mamak stalls. Proper fine dining places require a more refined method of savouring the food along with the ambiance and, of course, enjoying the company of your companion. The mood just dies when unscrupulous diners converse beyond the acceptable range of decibels.
- At the movies - I absolutely detest people who come in late and can't find their seats, those who can't switch off their phones and people who have this tendency to kick the chairs in front of them where I'm sitting on. Then there are parents who do not adhere to the ratings and bring their children to watch movies inappropriate for those below the stipulated age levels. While I'm at it, the GSC Card promoters can be really persistent and over zealous. Their cinema advertising leaves a lot to be desired as well (the one with the fake Obi-Wan and June Li, along with the annoying couple).
- Hustlers - Particularly when it comes to drinking. You know what I mean. They derive pure satisfaction from seeing others lose control.
- Telemarketers - I know they're just doing their jobs. But since the advent of the local Data Privacy Act 2010, our telephone contact should be strictly confidential. No external third party should be able to source our telephone numbers for the purpose of soliciting sales. There is nothing more disconcerting than having people call you during office hours mumbling incomprehensibly about a product that you don't need.
- Road blocks - JPJ enforcement officers conduct road blocks at the most inconvenient of times and places for the purpose of...you and I both know. All this results in massive traffic jams and partial loss of daily allowance.
- Traffic jams - Need I say more.