Pet Peeves: Day Ruiners

Austin B.

Managing Editor

Anyone in the world is capable of causing frustration to anyone else; one single person can ruin the day of another at any time. One of the most common ways a student can aggravate another is by being nosy and attempting to interfere in something that he or she has no business in. However, even a complete stranger can make another person’s day worse with one rude comment. Whether it is interfering with personal situations, or making an offensive comment, anyone can ruin someone else’s day.

One of the most annoying traits a person can have is being nosy. High school is full of gossip, rumors, and arguments. Every high school has those students who feel it is their job to spread information that is not true. Spreading rumors is an easy way to become known as nosy, but no decent reason has been discovered as to why some students feel the need to do this. Some attribute the spreading of false information to the person sincerely believing that what he or she is saying is true. However, should that person really have been telling others about business that was not his or her own? Whether or not the information is true, or if the spreader believes it is true, he or she should not be telling information that is none of his/her business.

Gossiping is not the only way someone may be titled nosy. People might also be considered nosy is if they involve themselves in others’ relationships. Most students would agree that it is fairly difficult to maintain a healthy relationship in high school; this is made immensely more difficult when other people are interfering. A relationship is composed of two people, not two people and a third person who feels that he or she has a place in the business of the couple. The presence of a third person in a relationship can cause serious issues to the would-be happy couple, which should be reason enough for the interferer to back off, but for some reason, he or she rarely does, and sometimes it causes the end of the relationship. Junior Haleigh Coussou says, “I don’t care who you are, my business is my business, so stay out of it.” There is a difference between being a good source of advice to someone who asks for it and trying to interfere with situations that are not one’s own. Interfering in someone else’s business is like diving into a pool that is on private property with a “No Trespassing” sign. Moral: be a good friend if someone asks for advice, but do not, under any circumstances, go any deeper into anyone’s business than he or she asks.

Sometimes if someone is having a bad day, he or she may unintentionally take it out on someone else. If a random person were to make a rude, insulting, or otherwise offensive remark, most people would be confused and unhappy about the comment. For example, if someone is walking in the hall at school, and he or she tells someone to “get out of my way,” in an angry voice, the person who was just reprimanded for nearly nothing would be shocked. Situations like these can really ruin the day of the person who is on the receiving end of the remark. If this occurs to someone, he or she will immediately think that the person being rude is just generally a hot-headed person. Psychological experiments have proven that the majority of people would, in a similar situation, attribute the rude comment to a rude personality, though this is often incorrect, for the people being treated rudely fail to acknowledge the situational factors, like that the person may be having a bad day. Regardless of what the reason is, junior Heather McClelland (speaking on working at Zaxby’s) states, “When someone comes in and makes a rude comment about our service, it honestly offends me. I mean, we’re working as hard as we can, and people forget that we’re human, so our feelings are going to be hurt by a comment about us doing a bad job.” This applies in many different situations, one being someone who thinks he or she has the right to make another person feel bad, just because he or she has power. One specific case that many students would complain about is a teacher who is willing to use somewhat offensive remarks to enforce his or her power. For example, a teacher may make a joke about a student that the student finds hurtful. When teachers do this, they may not intentionally mean to offend a student, but when a student is offended in front of an entire classroom full of his or her peers, it can be humiliating. Moral: be careful what you say. If you are having a bad day, do not take it out on a stranger, because it can ruin a stranger’s day just as easily as a friend’s day.

Nobody likes having a bad day; that is very obvious. Most people have way too much on their plates to have someone else adding more. The point is this: whether you are interfering with someone else’s business, or having a bad day and unintentionally hurt someone’s feelings with a rude remark, try to control yourself, so you do not ruin someone else’s day.

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