You’re Grinding My Gears

peter griffin gfamily guy grinds my gearsThis month for National Blog Writing Month we’re being asked to think about at pressure, and more specifically write various posts about it. Writing the posts is definitely the trickier bit; thinking about pressure is dead easy. This post is all about those people who end up grinding my gears.

I’m quite a ranty person, prone to bouts of venomous verbal frenzy so for this post I’ll rein it in a bit. I can’t have you thinking I’m a psycho, can we?

This blog post lists four groups of people who really grind my gears (to paraphrase Peter Griffin).

The Rule Ignorer

Let’s start out with the people who are either completely incapable of reading the various signs of rules and regulations we have in our society, don’t feel the need to read them or they have read them but they just don’t care about following them.

Here we’re talking about the people who…

  • use flash photography in a church
  • get out of their car at a safari park
  • cross over forbidden barriers
  • not turn off their mobile phones

… all despite the warning signs plasters around the local area.

Sometimes fate intervenes and makes sure these hapless rule-breakers get mauled by tigers, fall off cliffs or get their cameras smashed in front of their faces by an irritated museum guard that personally I would put on the New Year’s honours list. More often than not we’re stuck with the irritating thought that this group of people will continue to ruin it for everyone without any real consequence.

I just can’t understand why their brain tells them it’s ok in the first place.

“I know it says 10 items or less, but 26 must still be ok, right?” No it bloody isn’t.



The Indignant Rule-breakers

This rather selective group of people can be identified quite easily. They’ll often say things like…

“Couldn’t believe it! Bloody police, got me for speeding. Was only doing 85mph.”

I’m sure you’ve met the type. The group of people who seem to have this paranoid flawed logic that not only are they exempt from following the laws and rules of the land, but they also feel that the law or regulatory group only exists to hound them and get them on ‘trumped up’ charges. After all, it’s the fault of the police that YOU WERE CAUGHT BREAKING THE LAW. What a bunch of sods. They obviously didn’t know who you are, and that all the laws and rules in the world only need to be followed if you agree with them.

The Indignant law breakers are often closely linked with the ‘Rule Ignorer’.

“Oh, yeah I saw that sign, but I’m only taking one or two…” *sound of expensive camera smashing on the floor*



Sorry, I got lost in a wonderful image. Where were we? Ah yes.



The Bubble People

The Bubble People as I call them are the sub-group of people who fail to realise that other people exist, and they act without any consideration to anything that is going on around them.

If you need reminding of the activities that identify a bubble person, some of these things would be…

  • Queue jumping
  • Letting someone stand up on the bus, instead of removing their small bag from the seat next to them.
  • Stopping with a double buggy to talk to another person with a double buggy in the middle of a shopping centre blocking up half the way.

I know that sometimes your mind just wanders off and these things happen accidentally. If so, that person will usually recognise their mistake and rectify it. If it’s the other type of people, they’ll stay there; annoying everyone with their ignorance not even seeing what they’re doing wrong. That’s what makes we want to insert a 4×4 into them.

This brings me neatly on to the last sub-group….




stupid drivers texting bad mobile phoneYes, I thought that make a few of you take notice. It’s quite an unfair heading as well. The vast majority of drivers do not annoy me. They are safe road-users, and I have absolutely no problem with them at all. However, there is a minority of sheer bone-headed and dangerously stupid drivers that cannot go without a mention.

Speeding is the obvious example (though that also falls under the ‘Rule Ignorer’ category as well). There are still a mind-numbingly large amount of people (though not percentage-wise) who do stupid and/or dangerous things while they drive, such as…

  • They use their steering wheel as a dinner table
  • They use their hazard lights as a way of parking where-ever they want
  • They think that their indicator lights are only there if you need a small and extremely crap mouse disco
  • They use their mobile phone and sometimes web search

Every driver has passed their test and even if you are still learning, most of these things are just common sense. If you wouldn’t do it while riding a bike, then why do it when driving?

I don’t know about you, but I certainly feel better. I thought all this was quite cathartic.
So join me in my annoyed rant. Any good stories you want to share? Any annoying people types I’ve not mentioned? Maybe you are one of these people and feel I have wrongly represented you. Leave a comment we’ll sort it out.

Jim Franklin

Jim Franklin

Jim Franklin is a freelance writer, living in Derby UK with his wife. When time allows he likes nothing more than losing himself in a multi-hour gaming session. He likes most games and will play anything but prefers MMO's, and sandbox RPG's.

2 thoughts on “You’re Grinding My Gears

  • January 12, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I agree with all these groups of people. BUT, I will add a proviso that anyone who seems to be a “Bubble Person” and also has a child under 1 year old with them, may actually normally be a compeltely perceptive and considerate person who is currently operating on 7 hours of sleep. Over the last week.

    I’ve definitely been a Bubble Person a couple of times under those circumstances. And I can assure you, it’s mortifying to suddenly realise you’ve been annoying people with your complete obliviousness. All it takes is a quiet, “Excuse me” and the Parental Bubble Person will move quickly out of the way. Actually, no. Don’t do that. Buy them a cup of coffee and give them a hug. Sure, they’ll probably start crying like a hysterical person because someone is actually being NICE to them for NO REASON but they will remember it forever. Plus, they’ll move out of the way. 🙂

    • Jim Franklin
      January 13, 2014 at 7:42 am

      You’re right, of course. There are of course caveats to all of these. I’ve probably accidentally acted like a bubble person a few times.

      I think that a bubble person would likely do all of the above, but not everyone who does the above is necessarily a bubble person. For the purposes of this it’s for those who see but do nothing about it.

      I might need to turn up my consideration setting again. It sometimes flakes out.

      The few spoiling it for the many… again.


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