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Cracking Gum

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We have a lady who moved into our department from another section of the building. She constantly cracks and snaps her gum. And at lunch she talks with a mouthful of food. I have told her twice about the gum, she apologizes and then the next day she starts again.
To me this is very rude and very annoying. Is it me? If so, please let me know.

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briii1263934468584 PostsRegistered 12/30/2009
No, it's not just you.
I think it's very rude.

closetQVCg­irl12639344691280 PostsRegistered 3/18/2009
Oh my. This is happening to me also. One day per week I work in an office down the hall from a chronic gum snapper, and it makes me want to get violent. I would prefer bamboo shoots under the fingernails.
Is there any way you can speak with your boss or manager about how this is affecting your productivity and see if they can prohibit food or gum at the desks?

Cakers1126393449116553 PostsRegistered 7/31/2007
lol It is an annoying habit (the gum).
Can't help you with dealing with your co-worker, other than to recommend earplugs and music.

I'm not here 24/7. I'm surprised you didn't know that.

njsally781263934601349 PostsRegistered 7/15/2005
I think chewing gum in the workplace is very unprofessional.
Maybe if enough people mention it to her she will get the hint?
but it sounds like this person prob wont take it.

AC MDX12639346091551 PostsRegistered 11/17/2005
I can't STAND that! Do people know how ignorant it sounds and looks?

Sushismom12639346116132 PostsRegistered 10/21/2004
She's probably doing it unconsciously. That's one of the reasons I don't chew gum.

Nascardiva12639351056600 PostsRegistered 6/27/2005Maryland
It is rude, annoying and juvenile. This is one of my pet peeves; if you're going to chew gum, chew it the right way or don't even bother!!

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MarthaStew­ardess12639352027846 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006
> We have a lady who moved into our department from
> another section of the building. She constantly
> cracks and snaps her gum. And at lunch she talks
> with a mouthful of food. I have told her twice about
> the gum, she apologizes and then the next day she
> starts again.
> To me this is very rude and very annoying. Is it me?
> If so, please let me know.
No, you're not the only one that finds it rude and annoying. It's also very unprofessional in a work environment.
LOL, the talking with the mouthful of food is also another thing that I find rude and annoying!

lulu2126393521523295 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007
I do not find cracking gum to be very lady like. That being said, I chew sugarless gum and find it sometimes just CRACKS.

AnikaBrodie126393545316128 PostsRegistered 1/29/2008The NE state of mountains and valleys
Someone cracking gum makes me cringe, especially when it's an adult. I hate it. ITA, very rude, very annoying.
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AC MDX12639356841551 PostsRegistered 11/17/2005
The only kind I chew is sugarless and it has never just cracked.

basenjimom12639358843838 PostsRegistered 10/6/2006
If that is the worst thing anyone in your office does, you work in a wonderful place. There are much more important things to worry about.
People who are trying to quit smoking or lose weight often take up chewing gum, to keep from eating or smoking.Not everyone is perfect and can do these things with NO help whatsoever.

AC MDX12639360181551 PostsRegistered 11/17/2005
I chew gum when I'm hungry so that I will not eat. There is a difference between chewing and popping. In an office environment or anywhere else, it does become annoying.

BlueOcean12639360373502 PostsRegistered 4/7/2006
I can relate. I went to a meeting last week and the attorney giving a speech was chewing gum and blew bubbles during his presentation and also cracked his gum many times. I was shocked to see this and a few people told him to throw out his gum and he ignored them.

lulu2126393606023295 PostsRegistered 8/1/2007
> The only kind I chew is sugarless and it has never
> just cracked.
Oh well, I must be doing something wrong.

DJP1263936495600 PostsRegistered 9/10/2007
Popping gum & [u]whistling.[/u] Annoying

sfnative12639373757261 PostsRegistered 4/23/2007Portland, OR
Regardless of the reason, really and truly, regardless of the reason, I want to strangle anyone who repeatedly snaps their gum. It's rude. Period. No ands, ifs, or buts about it.
Snapping, whistling, clicking, stomping, loud ipod, you name it, these audibles invade the space we all share. "Share" is the operative word here, not "compromise."

Don't sweat the small stuff!

007UnderKV­RKitty12639375861085 PostsRegistered 7/9/2009" My kind of town"
This reminds me of that scene in "Chicago" the musical...LOL
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Jackaranda12639376696482 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
I can't stand the sound of cracking gum!

Please don't put me in a timeout. Used to be N Drew and Trixie Beldon..

AC MDX12639377151551 PostsRegistered 11/17/2005
You aren't doing anything Lulu, I think I'm just very conscious of it period. My mother is a gum popper and I just never something I always hated.

Muttlvr12639381772654 PostsRegistered 9/18/2005
I quit chewing gum in 1988. It was quite the vice with me. I'm sure I looked like a cow. At any rate, I had some rather extensive and icky periodontal work done and it cured me of ever chewing again! All of that is beside the point, of course! Yes, I think it's rude and crude. I work with some women that snap, pop, smack and crack their wads and chew with their mouths open. Yucko.
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shamalamad­ingdong512639384073313 PostsRegistered 2/12/2008
You are not alone. I can't stand the sound of cracking gum either. One time I was sitting in front of a bunch of girls at a movie theater. The gum cracking was so loud I couldn't hear all the dialogue, and I finally complained to an usher.
I don't think the whole gum chewing thing is all that attractive. I agree with Muttlvr. Some gum chewers look like cows chewing their cud.
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TrackerGal126393852423626 PostsRegistered 8/7/2007
I can't stand people smacking their gum. It is so irritating. Just about as irritating as hearing someone's conversation on their cell phone.

funinthesun12639394287379 PostsRegistered 11/11/2006Colorado
I don't chew gum because it gives me headaches but on the rare occasion that I do, I snap it. don't blow bubbles but I like snapping it. love that sound, reminds me of popping bubble wrap. if it annoys someone, it wouldn't last long. I can only chew it for 15-20 minutes and it's usually shopping or somewhere, not in an office setting.

Jupiter12639400295243 PostsRegistered 10/25/2008Florida
This is a topic I can relate to! I SO agree with you!! Like another poster, I, also, once sat next to someone in a movie theater who was cracking away, nonstop, so loudly, and totally destroyed all of the movie experience for me! I couldn't even concentrate on the dialogue!
A few weeks ago, I had to go to a government office, to take care of some important business, and the woman behind the window, taking my information, did that nonstop!! It was so horribly loud, and with her mouth constantly open. I was truly disgusted!
It seems like there are less and less classy people around now! With the loud, in your face, cell phones, and the chewing gum like that, in public places, it is a sad commentary on the loss of respect for other people and their rights for peace and quiet!

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