Whether it's the sound of someone eating with their mouth open, those who don't bother cleaning up after themselves, or those who speak over others, there are countless things that can offend us. Yet, no matter how uncomfortable you feel, you're still expected to deal with it. Let's take a closer look at the top 24 triggers shared by people in a recent viral Reddit post.
When helping becomes a one-man show
It's one of the most frustrating and perhaps offending experiences for people when they're asked for help, only to have the person expect them to complete the task in its entirety while they "f..ck off and do whatever" they want.
Having to deal with rude behavior
It can be highly offensive when people are allowed to act "mean," "rude," or "unhinged," yet they expect someone else to take the "high road" and behave respectfully.
The space invaders
When people in groups take up the entire sidewalk or block the elevator, it can be quite offensive to those who aren't part of their crew. As one commentator wisely noted, "Bro, let me out first..."
“You used to be nice”
It's never fun when someone implies that you're not as nice as you once were. But according to one Redditor, a smart comeback is to say, “right?! thank goodness I changed”.
The sins of one, the blame on many
It's easy to point fingers at an entire community when only one person is responsible for something negative. Unsurprisingly, this can be extremely offensive to those who are part of the group but have done nothing wrong.
Confusing arrogance with confidence
While it's easy to confuse arrogance with confidence, recognizing the distinction between the two is critical to avoid offending anyone. Basically, true confidence comes from a place of humility and respect, while arrogance comes from a need to prove oneself or put others down.
Not cleaning up after yourself
As one commenter put it, failing to clean up after yourself is downright "disgusting," as litter has a way of piling up no matter how much you try to keep things clean.
Emotional discipline of a toddler
“My disrespectful boss screaming bloody murder at me and others when he doesn't hear what he likes,” one person shared. “The man has the emotional discipline of a fu...ing toddler.”
Disrespecting other people’s time
Have you ever had someone waste your time or show up late to an important meeting or date? It's not only frustrating, but it can also be extremely offensive. As one commenter shared, "People who don't respect others' time.”
Arguing with someone who tries to help
It can be frustrating to offer help only to be met with resistance or pushback. As one Redditor put it, it's not helpful when people ”f...ing argue” with them about something they’re trying to help them with.
People speaking over you
It can be incredibly frustrating and even disrespectful when you're in the middle of a conversation, only to have someone cut you off and start speaking over you, leaving you there feeling unheard, dismissed, and possibly offended.
People eating with their mouths open
While it's perfectly okay to be offended by people who eat with their mouths open, expecting someone to apologize for it may well leave you disappointed.
The pushback of setting boundaries
A person who used to be a “people pleaser” shared their experience of receiving unfavorable responses after learning to say no and set boundaries, with some people calling them “selfish” and “self-centered.”
Lack of etiquette on public transit
“People trying to enter the train/tram/bus while others are still getting out of it,” one Redditor shared, advising, “Wait at the side of the doors and when everyone left get inside. It's that easy.”
Expecting everyone to be workaholics just because you are
“My boss,” wrote one person. “He's a workaholic and expects everyone to just be the same, work at 130% all week 6h30 AM to 5+ PM, 30 mins dinner, and skips breaks.”
“Grossly overpriced” Items
“The price of groceries. I'm deeply offended by the price gouging going on,” shared one Redditor. “Its sickening seeing Galen Weston’s smug smiles all over the place while his own employees can't afford his prices. I've been buying in bulk, buying directly and avoiding those items that are grossly overpriced.”
Not paying attention to someone when they talk but still expecting them to talk
“The ‘why are you so quiet?’ question when it's them who can't listen when I try to speak,” commented one Reddit user.
Assuming someone who enjoys doing something would happily do it for free
“Assuming that just because I'm good at doing something or I say I enjoy doing something, I'm willing to do it for your benefit free of charge,” one commenter shared, clarifying, “I'm a trained chef, even if I'm currently not working as one... that doesn't mean that you can promise your friends that I'll be cooking dinner for your next reunion without consulting me first.”
People using their religion as an excuse to be a windbag
Religion is meant to provide individuals with values that encourage them to behave in the best possible manner, but things can take a turn for the worse when people use their faith as an “excuse” to act like a smarty-pants.
“I cannot for the life of me understand why people have the consistent need to confide in me,” One commenter shared. “I listen, I reassure, diffuse, etc because I'm just not a jerk and everyone has bad days every now and again or needs a human being... but there are some people whose main hobby is misery and they always find me.”
Missing the point of the gym
The gym is all about getting in a good workout and improving yourself, which is why it drives people “crazy” to see others filming or sitting on machines scrolling through their phones for half an hour.
Choosing to be dumb and be proud of it
While it's not yet clear why someone would act dumb, it can be really frustrating for others to deal with individuals who not only choose to be dumb but even take pride in it.
Society's expectations about the disabled
“People saying young disabled people have to use government assistance to springboard into a fabulous new life like a full-time high-level career,” shared one user. “The reality for some disabled people is they are not going to be able to do much. I've seen disabled people with better lives tell other disabled people they better not end up as losers.”
Toxic positivity is a twisted form of positivity that was initially meant to inspire and motivate people to embrace a positive attitude towards life. However, some are now advocating for an unhealthy version of this notion that pressures constant positivity at all times, even in situations where it's not helpful.
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