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Mar 13, 2003 10:51 AM
I work in a cubicle environment with a couple of whistlers. People who whistle for whistling's sake. People who whistle no particular tune or snippit or shred of a tune. People who whistle for no particular reason (we don't do a lot of marching here). Just incessant whistling. It drives me nuts!!! It makes me want to rip their lips off.

Asking them to stop seems petty of me, and I don't think they do it consciously anyway, so it probably won't stop completely even if I do ask.

All I can do now is put on headphones and hope they stop, but the headphones seem to bother some people who feel it is anti-social.

Short of killing them or myself, anyone have any suggestions?
Wear the headphones.czardonic
Mar 13, 2003 11:14 AM
The whistling is probably unconcsious, and I think you have every right to ask them to knock it off, but I understand feeling ackward about it.

Cubicles are anti-social. Failing to recognize that your whistling is bothering other people is anti-social. Judging people for wearing head-phones is both anti-social and petty. Given all that, I don't think you should worry about the headphones.

Perhaps making a recognizable effort to be aware of people trying to reach you while you are in "headphone land" will assuage their reservations. Maybe a sign at your cube entrance letting people know to knock, tap you on the shoulder, peg you with a balled-up piece of paper etc. to get your attention will help.
re: WhistlingCaptain Morgan
Mar 13, 2003 11:14 AM
I have not had this happen, but an idea popped into my head. I think that if you mentioned something to them, they might think you have a bug up your @$$. Additionally, they may try to get even (I am sure YOU do SOME things through the course of a year that is distracting).

Therefore, perhaps some sarcastic humor would get the point through. Something like "Hey, Bob, what the hell is that you're whistling? It sounds like the chorus to..." (use something atrocious, like Brittany Spears or Barry Manilow). After bringing his whistling to his attention a few times in a humorous way, he might start to become more aware of it himself.

Just a thought.
That's a pretty good idea. (mn)czardonic
Mar 13, 2003 11:30 AM
same problem hereDougSloan
Mar 13, 2003 11:15 AM
I hate that.

I'd find an opportunity to more or less subtly object to it, like, "oh, so YOU'RE the whistler!" when you catch them. Or, just mention it to a few other people, and see if they are bothered, too. Never know, you might mention it (on purpose or not) to the actual whistler, but who may or may not cop to it.

Probably not worth someone's life, though.

A new low....jeff27
Mar 13, 2003 11:31 AM
I don't have that problem here, but here's a
gross completely unnecessary suggestion.
Go fart in their cube, and tell them "you
whistle your way, and I'll whistle mine."
Like I said, completely unnecessary and it
just shows that the mental 5 yr old inside of me
is completely bored with work.
this is what worked for me...JS Haiku Shop
Mar 13, 2003 11:50 AM
when they start the whistln', whistle back.

be sure you're consistent: " particular tune or snippit or shred of a tune."

this has worked for me in two different cube farms.

now, if you want to get really serious about anti-social cube behavior, i have and have had people in my immediate cube-hood clip their fingernails once a week, usually on a monday morning. drives me NUTS. the only way i've found to discourage that activity is by direct confrontation.


Fingernail clipping is the worst!Captain Morgan
Mar 13, 2003 12:39 PM
A few years back, there was an older (60ish) guy who had a fingernail clipper on his keychain and clipped his nails DURING MASS. It happened every week, during the priest's homily. Although the whistling is distracting, nail clipping is distracting AND disgusting (particularly for anal retentive neat-nicks like myself).
good ideas; don't forget knuckle cracking nmDougSloan
Mar 13, 2003 2:03 PM
No, no. SING while wearing headphonesKristin
Mar 13, 2003 12:26 PM
We all know what that sounds like. Eventually they WILL confront you. And when they do, express to them as innocently as possible, "Oh, I'm sorry. Your wistling was distracting me so I just put my headphones on."
What's wrong with just mentioning it to them?eyebob
Mar 13, 2003 2:14 PM
I mean, are you too worried about the confrontation that you won't say something? I single best and always best solution is to say something first. Don't let it fester. To not address the situation (or to do something stupid like whistle back) simply confirms your unwillingness to deal with issues. what's that from?????

Believe me, you'll both laugh (eventually) about the whole thing.

Well... what'd you decide???? (nm)Captain Morgan
Mar 14, 2003 8:20 AM