What You’re Doing That’s Pissing People Off

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In any profession, there is going to be people who annoy you. They could be clients,
coworkers, or the general public. We caught up with a variety of employees – from
bartenders to cab drivers – to find out their biggest gripes when it comes to clients and
customers. Are you guilty of any of these?

What You’re Doing That’s Pissing People Off

Although we may not mean to, we may be blissfully unaware of things we’re doing
in our daily life to annoy others who are simply trying to do their jobs.

That’s why we decided to find out from a variety of sources their biggest gripes
when it comes to clients and customers.

Here’s what we learned…

“Maybe it has something to do with the overly-pushy sales people in shopping malls,
but, as a boutique owner, I get offended at times when customers aren’t friendly. I
think they assume that, because I said hello to them, I’m automatically trying to
bombard them with suggestions and or to sell them the entire store. There’s no need
to be rude.”

– Boutique owner, 32.

“It’s really annoying when customers continuously flag me down (and waving is
annoying too, by the way) for things when I have just been to their table and asked if
everything was alright. Not only does it make my life more difficult, it also affects the
quality of the service. “

-Server, 28.

“I don’t mind if people want to pay credit card or debit. But you just need to let the
cab driver know ahead of time. The machine takes a few minutes to start up and
customers end up frustrated and taking it out on us when they can’t hop out of the
car as quickly as they would like. The time it takes can also inconvenience drivers
behind me.”

– Cab driver, 59.

“I find it extremely rude and disrespectful to other passengers when someone has a
long phone conversation on the bus. It’s one thing to make a quick, minute-long
phone call home to say you’re on your way, but another to chat away loudly and
freely as though the other passengers care what you have to say.”

-Bus driver, 29.

“It’s never fun when somebody freaks out on you because they don’t like the haircut
or style they specifically asked you to give them, especially when you made it clear
that a specific look doesn’t work for everyone. It’s like they’re mad at themselves for
thinking it would work on them, but it’s easier to blame us.”

– Hairdresser, 27.

“In an ideal world, each customer would hang the clothing back on hangers after
trying them on. While this doesn’t always happen, what really annoys me is when
people literally throw items they don’t want on the floor, as if they were inside their
own messy room.”

– Retail Worker, 24.

“One thing I really can’t stand is when the bar is packed and I am moving as fast as I
can, yet I’m getting death stares and money frantically waved in my face from
impatient customers. That’s one sure way to make sure you won’t be served next,
even if you were there first. I have eyes; I can see you and know you’re there.”

– Bartender, 32.

“I think that the worst part of the job – aside from occasionally having to help drunk
residents into their suites – is the fact that we get the brunt of any problem with the
building, when our job is primarily to do security. I have had residents blame me for
things like building-wide power outages, if the water needs to be turned off for
longer than anticipated, or if an elevator is out of service.”

– Condo Concierge Employee, 45.  

“I get that there’s sometimes nowhere else to position yourself in a packed class, but
if you’re not experienced and are unfamiliar with a certain class, don’t park yourself
at the very front and centre just because you want an optimal view of yourself in the
mirror. There are people behind you and you’ll quickly frustrate them if you throw
them off because you don’t know what you’re doing. It can affect the whole flow of
the class.”

– Fitness Instructor, 30.

“Just because it’s early and still dark outside doesn’t mean you shouldn’t smile back
at me in the morning. More people than you’d think take their morning grumpiness
out on baristas.”

– Barista, 22.

Erin

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