So, I was at work the other day and occasionally some of us talk about football, just making conversation. Usually it’s me and another person. The extent of the conversation is typically me asking ‘what’s the score?’ and them telling me ‘it’s 3-0’. Maybe a few minutes discussing the game and that’s it.
Enter my coworker (imma call them Nosy) who doesn’t like football and will loudly tell you they don’t like it and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, they need attention, blah, blah I don’t care.
Anyway, as I was talking, I could see Nosy just standing in the area looking at us and listening in on the conversation.
In my mind I was like, ‘can we help you?’ but I didn’t say anything. The actual conversation lasted less than a minute and that was that.
… until I was near Nosy and they dropped it into conversation and said, ‘are you finished with the snoozefest?’
At first I was confused and then they helpfully repeated it a few times instead of shutting the fuck up.
Now, I have no issue lighting someone up for what I perceive to be bullshit, but I’ve mellowed in my old age. I prefer to take the high road.
Still, first of fucking all, are you okay, Nosy? You are hardly the most interesting person. Yet I’ve listened to you wax lyrical about what you’re making for dinner at least a hundred times. You’re not really one to talk.
Secondly, nobody was talking to you. You weren’t even invited to the snoozefest. Why are you commenting? WHY ARE YOU HERE IN MY FACE?
I didn’t even feed into it, I was just like, ‘I’m choosing to ignore you‘. I honestly said that right to their face (in hindsight actually ignoring them might have been better). Despite that, Nosy kept going and I finally said, ‘if someone is talking about something you’re not interested in, you walk away. No one is forcing you to listen.’
Go about your business!
I mentioned that half of the time I don’t know what Nosy is talking about and it is what it is. I don’t come in and say, ‘HOW DARE YOU DISCUSS SOMETHING I’M NOT INTERESTED IN AND IN A CONVERSATION I’M NOT A PART OF NO LESS!’
This is not the first time, but if Nosy catches me on the wrong day it’s going to be a problem. How starved of attention do you need to be to throw a strop over a two minute conversation? And it’s only because they can’t steamroll all over the conversation like they usually do (heck, maybe I’ll start bringing it up more often!).
Anyway, yeah… I don’t know what’s wrong with people of today.
The rudeness is unreal and I, for one, am not here for the bullshit.
P.S. What’s a polite way to tell someone to shut up?