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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
I've worked here since August of last year and boy - there are a lot of quirky people here.

Anyhoo, one of my co-workers alway seems to catch me just to tell me something mudane...something I could care less about.

For example, he just spent 5 minutes in my office telling me WHY he went out to buy a new keyboard for his computer...detailing that the arrow keys are not in the places that he's us to. Then went on about how he got the new keyboard at a place that's going out of business and that he also got a TV from there for $50.

I care about this WHY???
Don't get me wrong, I understand that not all keyboards are the same, and if you're using one that doesn't fit your work flow then its an issue...but to tell someone else about it and go into detail for 5 minutes...that's a stretch for me.

Does anyone else have a person like this they work with?
post #2 of 19
yup, there is this one guy here that I avoid making eye contact with at all costs, because if I do, that's his invitation to talk to me about nothing for 1/2 hour plus! I made the mistake one day of sitting next to him in a meeting never again!!
post #3 of 19
Maybe they are just lonely and need someone to talk to.

Oftentimes I meet people who are like that and I get all antsy and then I remember, maybe they are lonely, and so I give them more time and make an attempt to get to know them. Just a little bit of friendship helps another.
post #4 of 19
Not really anyone I work with, but I do know people like that. They're nice people, but I try to avoid talking to them, especially on the phone. Once, an woman I know asked what we were doing for dinner. I explained that we were eating out (a rare treat for us). She said - "You can come over here!" (yeah, right) and proceeded to tell me everything she had in her cabinets.
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by Kiwideus
Maybe they are just lonely and need someone to talk to.

Oftentimes I meet people who are like that and I get all antsy and then I remember, maybe they are lonely, and so I give them more time and make an attempt to get to know them. Just a little bit of friendship helps another.
yeah, that's basically what i thought too, but unfortunately I'm at work and I do not want to get in trouble! plus i have work to do! and as far as the meeting went, I missed half of it because he was talking in my ear!
post #6 of 19
Why yes I do and have worked with those people. Where Iused to work there was a guy we called Porkchop (yes I know its mean but that was his nickname). He would tell us about every little thing in his life. He was just lonely. He would tell us that his bathroom sink was stopped up and that he had to go to Home Depot and get some draino and that it didn't work so he had to plunge it more and go on and on about it. I felt bad for him cause he is in his late 30s with no girlfriend and desperately wanted one. Now the occasions that I do see him he still talks me to death but if I have the time I let him!
post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
I wish this guy were lonely. Then I would feel a little more for him. He's got a wife and a ton of grandchildren (the reason why he bought the $50 TV...).

Anyhoo, I know I'm a bit brief with him, but its the only way I can cut the time down.

I found out this guy is almost 70 and said that he doesn't plan on retiring until 2010 or 2012...yet his wife is already retired...
Maybe she doesn't want him to retire yet
post #8 of 19
I try not to socialize with my coworkers too much. The way I see it, if anything goes wrong and I accidentially offend anybody (really easy to do with my Aspergers Syndrome) it could cause a tremendous amount of problems for my advancement.

I spend too much time on cat forums, though.......I am normally a very sociable person.
post #9 of 19
OH MY GOSH!

This girl actually just left my job, BUT the whole time she was there, I swear I was going to go insane.

She talked. All day. And I dont mean just like some of the time. I mean actually ALL DAY. She knew it too. But she just kept going. Never stopped. And she would repeat the same stories about every other day. And I would know the entire story, and never be able to say anything, because she never breathed to stop talking.

Seriously. It was the WORST. She constantly was cutting people off in thier conersations, to talk about HER or what happened to HER, or what SHE bought, and all the really cool, expensive things SHE has.

Very conceited. Ugh. I seriously could not stand her.

But I got her soooo good one time. Her son is about 3 months older than my daughter, and she was going on and on about how he could count to 12, bla bla bla....and what animal sounds he knew. But My kid knew ALOT more than hers..and so I told her that. She didnt believe me, because she had the best kid in the world, and there WAS NO WAY she was going to think my kid was better than hers.

So I brought my kid in to show her. My kid counted to 17, and made about 10 more animal sounds than her kid.

And so her bragging was over then. lol. At least about her kid. Never heard anything about her kid after that. lol.
post #10 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kiwideus
Maybe they are just lonely and need someone to talk to.

Oftentimes I meet people who are like that and I get all antsy and then I remember, maybe they are lonely, and so I give them more time and make an attempt to get to know them. Just a little bit of friendship helps another.
This is what I was thinking..good post!
post #11 of 19
Oh yes, we just got a new agent here and he seems like a 5 year old when he tells you that he can't take duty because his father will be mad at him....odd ball for sure....he goes into detail about everything. It's really annoying lol
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by lilleah
OH MY GOSH!

This girl actually just left my job, BUT the whole time she was there, I swear I was going to go insane.

She talked. All day. And I dont mean just like some of the time. I mean actually ALL DAY. She knew it too. But she just kept going. Never stopped. And she would repeat the same stories about every other day. And I would know the entire story, and never be able to say anything, because she never breathed to stop talking.

Seriously. It was the WORST. She constantly was cutting people off in thier conersations, to talk about HER or what happened to HER, or what SHE bought, and all the really cool, expensive things SHE has.

Very conceited. Ugh. I seriously could not stand her.

But I got her soooo good one time. Her son is about 3 months older than my daughter, and she was going on and on about how he could count to 12, bla bla bla....and what animal sounds he knew. But My kid knew ALOT more than hers..and so I told her that. She didnt believe me, because she had the best kid in the world, and there WAS NO WAY she was going to think my kid was better than hers.

So I brought my kid in to show her. My kid counted to 17, and made about 10 more animal sounds than her kid.

And so her bragging was over then. lol. At least about her kid. Never heard anything about her kid after that. lol.
You reminded me about something I said once - about 7 years ago - that stopped a friend right in her tracks. Honestly, I don't think she meant to brag. I think she meant to build up & comliment her fiancee. She was going on and on about how many diamonds her fiancee had given her. She actually counted each diamond chip in every piece of jewelry she was wearing. When she was finished I said "so what, I'm getting a kitty." We all laughed so hard we almost peed. (Thats when I got Oliver.)
post #13 of 19
Well I am sure you all don't have an air head for a receptionist!! She walks down the hall no one talking to her or looking at her or anyhting and she will be giggling. All day long she walks around giggling over nothing. Its so annoying!! (But funny to make fun of her since when I giggle like her the other girls in my office know what I am talking about )
post #14 of 19
We have this one guy in my office who constantly stops to tell me nothing. And we call him the "nervous laugher" cause everything he says he has this annoying nervous laugh with it. And it could be something serious, 1 time a pedestrian was struck by a cab in front of my building, he is walking past my desk (I don't dare look up to encourage talking with him) and he stops & says "some guy got hit by a cab out front hahahahahahha (insert annoying nervous laughter here)" And I just stare at him , thinking , that's not funny . UGH! Don't they have work to do?! Or at least see that I am busy working (on TCS that is )!?
post #15 of 19
Thread Starter 
Holy Cow! This is hilarious! I'm glad I posted this

Phenomsmom - yes we also have an airhead receptionist. She doesn't giggle like yours, but of the two phone lines that were in use today, we were trying to figure out which one another coworker was on. She didn't have a clue. She first told us one line, then changed it to the other, then changed back to the first line...which still turned out to be wrong.

Oh yes, but I was given in full detail today a reminder to remove a trial software from his computer as its about to expire...blah blah blah...
post #16 of 19
I have time so I try to make time for people.
I find people just sitting like to pass the time of day for a while.
I never used to. I lost a loved one a few years ago and this gave me a new view on it.
Work is diff. you are busy and its not your own time.
post #17 of 19
How about the co-worker who has done everything you have, but better? OR has went through hard times like other people, but WORSE? And there isn't any life expierence that that haven't had? They ALWAYS know what you or others are going through because they have done it!

Or, No matter what, they come in with a BAD attitude NO matter what! And you don't DARE talk to them for the first 3 hours!
post #18 of 19
Sometimes people think I'm kind of an airhead, but I'm not really, and also think I'm snobby because I get really shy in certain situations. I'm not an airhead, and I'm really not a snob either, but people get that impression of me. Someone actually once told me that my boss wouldn't like me because I smile too much . Oh well.

I have worked with those types of people. But what I really really hate are the people who keep trying to train you, even though they've been there like, a whole month more than you-- and you've both been there at least a year. Grrrr.....

and I had a really terrible experience with this bratty exchange student who had never had a job before and who kept calling me obscene words when I'd get mad because he would mess up everything making more work for the rest of us. Finally we both flipped and started outright fighting, the manager came in and he straight up lied to her face about it. He got his though, everyone had heard him and told the managers the truth and he was never allowed back... even to eat!
post #19 of 19
Are you working with my brother-in-law? Everytime he talks about something like what he is doing at work, we get every single, little detail like the what tolerance he is setting on the machine and how it processes material. I try to be interested but after a few minutes of not understanding anything he is saying, ..........
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