ADOPTED Peeves

 


 

 

27 July - 2 August 2014

Pedantic email recipients who attempt to tell senders whom to include on cc lists.

20-26 July 2014

Dishwashers that overturn glasses, leaving dirty, soapy water in said glasses upon completion of a wash cycle.

13-19 July 2014

People who attempt to disguise self-aggrandizement as humility.

6-12 July 2014

Rental car locations that offer to upgrade, for an additional charge, despite the fact that only one class of car is available at said location.

29 June - 5 July 2014

Hotels that require guests to telephone the front desk if desiring to activate the landline phone for guest usage.

22-28 June 2014

People offended by the word pronoun.

15-21 June 2014

People upset at others who fail to meet their expectations, despite a lack of conveyance of said expectations.

8-14 June 2014

Bosses who micromanage for reasons of personal gratification.

1-7 June 2014

Poorly engineered construction traffic re-routing.

25-31 May 2014

People who want you to answer a question but won't shut up.

18-24 May 2014

Equal pay for unequal work.

11-17 May 2014

Accusations of prejudice with a prejudicial bias.

4-10 May 2014

Cereal boxes excessively glued to corresponding inner liners.

27 April - 3 May 2014

Public officials who create counterfeit Government forms.

20-26 April 2014

Public officials who commit forgery on official Government forms.

13-19 April 2014

Cafeterias a) that advertise combo specials, yet b) with cash register operators who charge for each item separately.

6-12 April 2014

Public officials who preach integrity but practice cheating.

30 March - 5 April 2014

Sloppy chili preparation.

23-29 March 2014

Managers who fail to delegate only because of a debilitating lack of courage.

16-22 March 2014

People who put on an act when visited by inspectors.

9-15 March 2014

New managers who make decisions based on ignorance of processes established long before their presence.

2-8 March 2014

People in open-seating areas of restaurants who incorrectly assume that others are interested in anything they have to say.

23 February - 1 March 2014

Automatic car wash code entry consoles elevated for high-profile vehicles, and thus inaccessible from windows of standard-size automobiles.

16-22 February 2014

Pizzas with inadequate amounts of sauce.

9-15 February 2014

Excessive use of vague pronouns in technically complicated discussions.

2-8 February 2014

Public officials who, after making short-sighted judgments, spend the rest of their careers attempting to rationalize the judgments.

26 January - 1 February 2014

Document owners who fail to maintain an editable master copy of the current baseline.

19-25 January 2014

Computer pop-ups offering to disable pop-ups.

12-18 January 2014

Bathroom hand dryers with mis-calibrated hand sensors.

5-11 January 2014

Restaurant servers who don't pay close enough attention to the details of orders.

29 December 2013 - 4 January 2014

Poorly designed doors that stick after large temperature changes.

22-28 December 2013

Individual retail outlets that refuse to honor nationally-advertised discounts.

15-21 December 2013

People who demand that the Federal Government should interfere with market-based economics.

8-14 December 2013

Incessant pop-ups when attempting to log on to a computer.

1-7 December 2013

Digital televisions with only one (1) virtual channel, causing wasteful time delays during channel surfing.

24-30 November 2013

Soggy steak fries.

17-23 November 2013

Hotel awards programs that operate under a currency of points instead of U.S. dollars.

10-16 November 2013

Public officials who make promises that they are in no position to keep.

3-9 November 2013

Re-invented public programs with lousy transition strategies.

27 October - 2 November 2013

Political campaign junk mail.

20-26 October 2013

Re-worked websites that are an order of magnitude more difficult to navigate.

13-19 October 2013

People who carelessly Reply-All to emails, and as a result end up introducing sensitive information to a large, ill-advised audience.

6-12 October 2013

Pens that shatter during use.

29 September - 5 October 2013

Individuals who send in 9x16 aspect ratio camera-phone photos to 16x9 aspect ratio television stations.

22-28 September 2013

People who a) attempt to email contact info for particular individuals, b) don't copy the particular individuals, and c) provide erroneous information in the process.

15-21 September 2013

Managers who get belligerent to messengers whenever they're not hearing what they want to hear.

8-14 September 2013

Supposed experts who cite regulations in an obscenely incorrect context.

1-7 September 2013

Liaisons who fail to interact between agencies.

25-31 August 2013

Door-to-door sales people that necessitate on-porch fisticuffs to enforce removal from property.

18-24 August 2013

Refill bottles that spill more than refill.

11-17 August 2013

Concert event web pages with inadequate information for purchasing tickets.

4-10 August 2013

Hotels with lousy grading, permitting lobby flooding.

28 July - 3 August 2013

Hotel business centers with inoperative computers.

21-27 July 2013

Hotel televisions with default power-on volume settings loud enough to wake an entire floor of guests.

14-20 July 2013

Hotel doors with unnecessarily excessive return spring constants, causing loud, structure-damaging door slams.

7-13 July 2013

Administrators who profess zero skills in creating redlined [track changes enabled] versions of Word documents.

30 June - 6 July 2013

People who complain to homeowners about getting soaked by residential sprinkler systems as a result of trespassing on said homeowners' properties.

23-29 June 2013

Managers who are receptive to advice in only an a la carte fashion.

16-22 June 2013

Organizations that don't know how to alphabetize text files posted online to an audience of hundreds of thousands of people.

9-15 June 2013

Organizations responsible for establishing standards that cannot meet their own standards.

2-8 June 2013

Corroded potentiometers.

26 May - 1 June 2013

Cafeterias that fail to clearly indicate their hours of operation.

19-25 May 2013

Dark-dye CD-R discs that are incompatible with many CD drives.

12-18 May 2013

Online sellers who a) sell items 1.5 years out-of-warranty as "New", b) send replacements that aren't even in factory packaging, and c) are surprised when left negative public feedback.

 5-11 May 2013

Homeowners Associations that mail parking infraction letters to homeowners for illegally parked cars not actually owned by said recipient homeowners.

28 April - 4 May 2013

Items shipped in grossly oversized boxes loaded with packing peanuts.

21-27 April 2013

New store-bought pens with ink bone dry upon purchase.

14-20 April 2013

Inattentive waiters.

7-13 April 2013

Brand new push-pin fasteners that bust upon first usage.

31 March - 6 April 2013

People inconsiderate to when others are busy.

24-30 March 2013

Auction sellers erroneously and/or fraudulently listing used items as "new".

17-23 March 2013

Electronic mail programs that freeze up after copying/pasting from a text editor.

10-16 March 2013

Cereal boxes with flimsy inner bags.

3-9 March 2013

Shipping companies that don't verify what they're sending prior to shipment.

24 February - 2 March 2013

People who schedule meetings coincident with rush hour traffic during blizzards.

17-23 February 2013

Cafeteria employees who waste customer time by attempting, often unsuccessfully, to guess what a customer will order, instead of listening to the customer's order.

10-16 February 2013

Clumsy bank tellers who a) manually enter a wrong account number and b) fail to verify account number against name listed on personal identification.

3-9 February 2013

Inefficient federally-funded postal systems that lack incentive to compete against commercial postal systems.

27 January - 2 February 2013

Word processing software versions that are unable to read/edit files generated using previous versions of the same software.

20-26 January 2013

Safety programs that practice gender discrimination to the extent of degrading safety.

13-19 January 2013

Supermarket display items that obstruct supermarket shelf item access.

6-12 January 2013

Burnt cafeteria pizza.

30 December 2012 - 5 January 2013

Customers in line at postal delivery facilities who won't keep their mouths shut and who instead attempt to do the jobs postal clerks are paid to perform themselves.

23-29 December 2012

Postal delivery organizations who fail to follow instructions on packages explicitly stating "Leave on porch if no response," and who instead leave packages at the post office, requiring a trip to said postal station at which 40 minute-long customer lines exist.

16-22 December 2012

Retailers advertising discounted items who fail to program discounted price(s) into cash registers.

9-15 December 2012

Public officials who a) stress caution prior to giving public interviews, and yet b) fail to exercise caution when giving public interviews.

2-8 December 2012

PUblic officials who cite regulations under false contexts as a means of attempting to bedazzle with bull$#!+.

25 November - 1 December 2012

Internet manual entry zones that shift across the page when attempting to enter values.

18-24 November 2012

Hotel business center computers that freeze up every 6 minutes.

11-17 November 2012

Motel room doors that don't open/close without excessive force.

4-10 November 2012

Motel rooms with busted televisions.

28 October - 3 November 2012

Motel rooms with busted telephones.

21-27 October 2012

Networks that print using margins different from those indicated in [print preview].

14-20 October 2012

Waiters who pretentiously assume that previous orders are necessarily an indication about selections for future orders.

7-13 October 2012

Cafeteria glasses with lipstick stains.

30 September - 6 October 2012

Hotel mirrors with concave distortion.

23-29 September 2012

Businesses that fail to verify quantities prior to shipping orders placed on the internet.

16-22 September 2012

Inefficient rental car companies that require clerks to enter seemingly exorbitant amounts of information/data, despite a) a confirmed electronic reservation, and b) vehicles already belonging to the business' inventory.

9-15 September 2012

Doctor's offices with clumsy receptionists who double-charge for appointments.

2-8 September 2012

Wheels dislodging from motor vehicles and bouncing into oncoming traffic on Interstate Highways.

26 August - 1 September 2012

People who make themselves vulnerable to door-to-door salesmen by naively believing false statements of affiliation with security system companies.

19-25 August 2012

Restaurants with websites and telephone numbers that fail to provide hours of operation.

12-18 August 2012

Home-delivered cleaning products that have busted open and spilled all over the inside of the packaging materials.

5-11 August 2012

Cafeteria noodles that smell like shoe stores.

29 July - 4 August 2012

Inefficient public recycling programs.

22-28 July 2012

Door lock mechanisms that pose fire safety hazards.

15-21 July 2012

Overzealous concert patrons who trespass into real estate rented by other concert patrons otherwise minding their own business.

8-14 July 2012

Stinky rental cars.

1-7 July 2012

People who donate to charities solely for the purpose of discarding used clothing.

24-30 June  2012

Cafeterias without signs/labels next to food choices.

17-23 June  2012

Boxes of raisin bran with the vast majority of raisins settled at the bottom of the package.

10-16 June  2012

Flimsy fasteners.

3-9 June  2012

Devices that require batteries more expensive than the devices themselves.

27 May - 2 June  2012

Excessively watery mustard.

20-26 May 2012

Stock helicopter audio soundtracks modulated onto television news aerial video footage.

13-19 May 2012

Smug & self-righteous cafeteria chefs.

6-12 May 2012

Flimsy garden hose nozzles.

29 April - 5 May 2012

Used auto dealerships with ads showing the wrong address and listing the wrong phone number.

22-28 April 2012

Light fixtures designed with poor materials that crack from UV damage, allowing glass to fall, crash, and break into countless pieces.

15-21 April 2012

Cafeteria employees who can't give a straight answer about food variety.

8-14 April 2012

Sofa slip covers that fail to stay in place.

1-7 April 2012

Sprinkler valves that fail to shut off on demand.

25-31 March 2012

Epoxy/resin products with suboptimal mixture ratios.

18-24 March 2012

Cookie packages with poor sealing mechanisms.

11-17 March 2012

Neighborhood trees planted so close to sidewalks that they bust the concrete.

4-10 March 2012

Three (3) workplace meetings on the same topic, scheduled at the same time.

26 February - 3 March 2012

Stale peanut butter.

19-25 February 2012

Flimsy decals.

12-18 February 2012

Attempting to recharge NiCad batteries, while accidentally flipping the re-charger's switch over to NiMH.

5-11 February 2012

Dealership car salesmen who won't shut up when you're simply stopping in to purchase OEM parts.

29 January - 4 February 2012

LAN "customer focal points" located over 1000 miles away from LAN servers.

22-28 January 2012

People who send emails with HTML, using Plain Text format.

15-21 January 2012

"1 lb" cans of coffee containing 8.5 ounces.

8-14 January 2012

Municipalities with poorly constructed water mains.

 1-7 January 2012

Difficult-to-remove rivets when servicing mechanical equipment.

25-31 December 2011

Municipal snow plows that merely pack snow/ice onto roadways.

18-24 December 2011

Stinky tap water.

11-17 December 2011

Variety show hosts who tarnish their episodes with the stench of their personal political biases.

4-10 December 2011

Computers that fail to format low-write-rate CD-RWs.

27 November - 3 December 2011

Computers that fail to read CD-RWs generated on other computers, unless said CD-RWs are archaically formatted as disc-at-once CD-Rs.

20-26 November 2011

Radio stations playing Christmas music 50 days before Christmas.

13-19 November 2011

CD releases of albums previously available only on LP, that use actual, scratched LPs as master recordings for CD generation.

6-12 November 2011

People who a) borrow money, but b) don't understand compound interest.

30 October - 5 November 2011

Digital television provider systems that induce time delays of multiple seconds when changing channels.

23-29 October 2011

Rental car companies that involuntarily upgrade to obnoxiously larger sized vehicles.

16-22 October 2011

Brittle vinyl.

9-15 October 2011

Hotel showers with improperly installed faucet bezels.

 2-8 October 2011

Online auction sellers who can't keep their tracking numbers straight.

25 September - 1 October 2011

Perishable food truck drivers who risk food safety by turning off cargo air conditioners to save fuel.

18-24 September 2011

Residential vinyl windows with defective corner seals.

11-17 September 2011

Software testing that fails to utilize live data.

4-10 September 2011

Weed trimmers that overheat and melt the plastic trimming line, causing the line advance mechanism to fail.

28 August - 3 September 2011

Lack of retail home entertainment salesperson knowledge about the EIA/CEA-909 terrestrial television antenna interface.

21-27 August 2011

Lack of availability of EIA/CEA-909 interface terrestrial television antennas on the market.

14-20 August 2011

Online auction sellers who ship an item different from the item pictured in the listing.

7-13 August 2011

Upper level managers who criticize micromanagement, and yet enable middle-level managers to micromanage.

31 July - 6 August 2011

Upper level managers who direct a clearly-defined activity, and then criticize the clearly-defined details of execution of the activity after the fact.

24-30 July 2011

Hotel business centers with hardware/software no longer tech-supported.

17-23 July 2011

Concert patrons who won't shut up during a show.

10-16 July 2011

Mis-tagged price labels on retail items, inducing sales clerks to spend obscene amounts of time to reconcile during checkout.

3-9 July 2011

Rot-prone residential siding.

26 June - 2 July 2011

Dull-flavored tator tots.

19-25 June 2011

Automated grocery checkout machines with mis-calibrated weight scales.

12-18 June 2011

Poor performing shredding machines.

 5-11 June 2011

Failed auto parts that require purchase of larger parts assemblies to repair.

29 May - 4 June 2011

Leaky sprinkler head connectors.

22-28 May 2011

People who take on unrealistic challenges and end up achieving nothing but wasted time.

15-21 May 2011

Managers who can't think more than ten minutes into the future.

8-14 May 2011

People who attempt to niggle over the choices of wording of others, without stopping to question themselves over the appropriateness of such niggling.

1-7 May 2011

People ignorant of their own ignorance.

24-30 April 2011

Hotel room doors that fail to close due to lack of carpet clearance.

17-23 April 2011

Sod planted with inadequate underlying topsoil.

10-16 April 2011

Live intercontinental news reports of very poor bandwidth, in lieu of recorded reports of the exact same information broadcast at high quality bandwidth.

3-9 April 2011

Airborne news footage with artificial helicopter background sound.

27 March - 2 April 2011

Supermarkets with defective weight sensors in self-checkout aisles.

20-26 March 2011

Defective automobile vacuum check valves.

13-19 March 2011

Hotel clerks asleep in back rooms instead of manning front desks.

6-12 March 2011

Hotels bathrooms with spastic fluorescent lights.

27 February - 5 March 2011

Hotels that fail to have available non-smoking rooms for guests who have made advance reservations for non-smoking rooms.

20-26 February 2011

Poor communication between cooks and servers in restaurants, resulting in food served cold.

13-19 February 2011

High failure rates of DVD players.

6-12 February 2011

Fisticuffs between patrons in the dining area of a public restaurant.

30 January - 5 February 2011

Restaurants that ruin their milkshake recipes by jamming copious quantities of whipped cream atop the ice cream mixture.

23-29 January 2011

PUblic officials who attempt to make decisions outside their lane of authority.

16-22 January 2011

Traction control systems with performance inferior to that of human beings.

9-15 January 2011

Businesses that require a non-refundable reservation, but aren't ready to provide service at the time of the reservation.

2-8 January 2011

Sloppy end-of-year rollover software coding.

26 December 2010 - 1 January 2011

Sloppy splice jobs during music recording editing.

19-25 December 2010

Document reviews over email using non-editable text documents.

12-18 December 2010

Conferences employing PA systems with dead wireless microphone batteries.

5-11 December 2010

Inadequate product testing.

28 November - 4 December 2010

Auto part assemblies that are non-functional due to one small broken piece that is no longer serviced.

21-27 November 2010

New home window designs that have no replacement parts infrastructures.

14-20 November 2010

Obnoxiously noisy hotel bathroom fans.

7-13 November 2010

Excessively bruised bananas.

31 October - 6 November 2010

Teleconferences of multiple people speaking at the same time at one end.

24-30 October 2010

Gross underestimates of processing time from service organizations.

17-23 October 2010

Flimsy spray can caps.

10-16 October 2010

Press conferences with pre-screened questions, advertised as "open forum".

3-9 October 2010

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26 September - 2 October 2010

People who punish others for volunteering information.

19-25 September 2010

Fan motors with under-tightened setscrews.

12-18 September 2010

News agencies that are self-righteous about freedom of press, who simultaneously criticize freedom of speech.

5-11 September 2010

Hotel business center computers with damaged monitors.

29 August - 4 September 2010

Surveys advertised as anonymous that subject participants to retribution.

22-28 August 2010

Computer programs that fail to abort after several attempts to kill using CNTL-ALT-DEL.

15-21 August 2010

Ineffective lock washers.

8-14 August 2010

Lack of standardization in tire sizing for mountain bikes.

1-7 August 2010

Concert venues that charge $30 a head for tickets and $7 a drink, but are too cheap to turn on the air conditioning.

25-31 July 2010

Cafeteria workers who annoy you by showing personal favoritism towards you.

18-24 July 2010

Toilet paper with inadequate tensile strength.

11-17 July 2010

Homebuilders that damage residential sidewalks during construction.

4-10 July 2010

"System recovery" software loads that create more system errors.

27 June - 3 July 2010

"System recovery" software loads that wipe out data files/folders.

20-26 June 2010

Auction websites that screw around with their operating system often enough to discourage prospective customers.

13-19 June 2010

Hypersensitive public address announcers that over-sensationalize mild weather advisories.

6-12 June 2010

Organizations lax in safety practices.

30 May - 5 June 2010

People who tell white lies in hopes to avoid irritating people, and who thus irritate people in the process.

23-29 May 2010

News tickers with discombobulated sentences.

16-22 May 2010

Management that squanders time by failing to make a decision and then later complains that it needs time in order to make a decision.

9-15 May 2010

Workplaces that don't listen to critical proactive preventative input and then later ask why something has broken.

2-8 May 2010

Waiters who try to guess your order instead of actually listening to your order.

25 April - 1 May 2010

Upper-level managers taking actions for short-term emotional payoff at the expense of medium- and long-term workplace cohesiveness.

18-24 April 2010

Organizations that request reviews of 1510 page document modifications, that fail to identify the modifications.

11-17 April 2010

Customer feedback processes that on the surface purport to encourage input, while behind the scenes show contemptuous resentment for such.

4-10 April 2010

Excessive rationalization at the workplace to try to save face.

28 March - 3 April 2010

480p screens converted from 64:48 to 64:36, and in turn erroneously labeled as "HD".

21-27 March 2010

Co-workers disrespectful of email bandwidth.

14-20 March 2010

480p screens converted to 360p, subsequently horizontally cropped, and in turn erroneously labeled as "HD".

7-13 March 2010

Disbelievers in the Theory of Relativity.

28 February - 6 March 2010

Maintenance personnel who take actions even when they don't know what they're doing.

22-27 February 2010

Managers who confuse the magnitude of risk with the relative magnitude of corresponding benefit.

14-20 February 2010

Digital television tuners with squirrelly responsiveness to channel selection input.

7-13 February 2010

Customer service offices with different employees providing conflicting information.

31 January - 6 February 2010

Fire drills during lunch hours posing risk to cafeteria food safety.

24-30 January 2010

Bundled software deliveries that fail when any one of the components induces a problem.

17-23 January 2010

Managers who attempt to make exclusive use of empirical evidence as a substitute for Operational Risk Management.

10-16 January 2010

Defectively designed shopping carts.

3-9 January 2010

Fragile milk cartons.

27 December 2009 - 2 January 2010

Standalone electronic devices that require subscriptions for operation.

20-26 December 2009

Auto dealerships missing brochures on current model-year vehicles.

13-19 December 2009

Inefficient snow shovels.

6-12 December 2009

People alleging stereotyping as a result of themselves making stereotypical assumptions about the meaning of someone else's words.

29 November - 5 December 2009

Managers who don't understand the difference between [chain of command] and [chain of information].

22-28 November 2009

Poor thermal isolation from resistors on circuit boards.

15-21 November 2009

Dinner mints stuck to foil wrappers.

8-14 November 2009

Business establishments selling materials that refuse transactions unless customers bring samples of materials.

1-7 November 2009

Inconveniently packaged DVD boxed sets.

25-31 October 2009

Service organizations with multiple people simultaneously attempting to engage in conversation with one customer.

18-24 October 2009

Aerosol cans that lose pressure prior to dispensing remainder of contents.

11-17 October 2009

Hypocritical coordination practices within organizational structures.

4-10 October 2009

Program Offices that waste money trying to fix flawed equipment, as a result of not addressing concerns raised years earlier.

27 September - 3 October 2009

Managers who criticize employees for complying with mandatory guidance.

20-26 September 2009

Postal clerks who waste your time by offering delivery services more expensive than Priority Mail that a) offer no advantages, and b) take longer to ship.

13-19 September 2009

Lack of transparency in the work environment.

6-12 September 2009

Prejudice. 

30 August - 5 September 2009

Post-teleconference misunderstandings that result in requiring subsequent teleconferences.

23-29 August 2009

Auto dealerships service departments that wash your car despite your request to not wash your car.

16-22 August 2009

Musty-smelling hotel bathrooms.

9-15 August 2009

Breakfast buffets with tortillas stuck together like computer hard drive magnets.

2-8 August 2009

Bartenders who presumptively combine tabs based on proximity of seated people.

26 July - 1 August 2009

Breakfast buffets with biscuits hard enough to bend silverware.

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