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Cubicle Sins: 10 Coworkers Who Drive You Crazy
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Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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10/6/2014 | 12:41:40 PM
Smelly food
Many years ago, a coworker used to bring in the strangest food that completely stunk up the office. I'm talking some salted/preserved fish concoction that could make your eyes water. He complained that he'd really LIKE to be able to get sandwhiches from the cafeteria, but he couldn't afford it. There was serious discussion of starting a fund to pay him to buy lunch. 
Alison_Diana
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10/6/2014 | 10:59:01 AM
Re: We are All All of these.
Good point, @KMartin. And it is annoying, to have someone coughing and hacking right next to you all day, especially if it's a cold -- which IS contagious! I think we've all been in meetings, too, where someone is obviously sick as a dog and it's unclear why they dragged themselves into the office that day, especailly when you come down with the same virus a day or so later!

(Sidebar: That's one reason I'm so against schools that reward kids who have 100% attendance, finding it very hard to believe a child was never sick enough to really stay home over the course of their education.)  
Alison_Diana
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10/6/2014 | 9:11:14 AM
Re: We are All All of these.
In defense of the hacking cougher (which isn't me and I've worked remotely for the past 15+ years), sometimes coughs are not contagious. They are symptomatic of a bigger condition like cystic fibrosis or cancer. So, not to be a Debbie Downer (!), but we need to recognize that someone who's always coughing isn't necessarily coming to work when sick with something they can spread to colleagues. They may be coming to work with a cough because that's the only way they CAN come to work. 
Shane M. O'Neill
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10/3/2014 | 5:55:00 PM
Funny and spot on
Haha. I've experienced every type listed here, and apologies if I've ever been one of them. Nobody's perfect.

I would add "The Ghost" -- that mysterious person in the office who never speaks to anyone and who's actual job is unclear.
Thomas Claburn
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10/3/2014 | 4:35:53 PM
What about "open" offices?
It's even worse when you don't have cubical to protect you. 


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