I’ll go first.
My pet peeve this holiday season is the UPS deliveryman. That’s right, this man (perhaps a slightly inaccurate description as he appears to be no more than eighteen) causes me distress nearly every day around 4pm.
I should explain that I have been a mall-avoider ever since Al Gore invented the internet – (ahem!) and possibly even before that. If I can order online, I do. All that holiday internet shopping results in frequent package deliveries at this time of year.
I order online all year long of course, but other times of the year a single ring of the doorbell announces a package delivery – a nice pleasant sound lets me know a surprise awaits at the front door. But for the past month or so, instead of a pleasant “ding-dong,” incoming packages have been announced with a “bang-bang-bang” on the front door. The knock is more like a Law and Order “open up – police!” knock than a friendly neighbor knock. It’s a jolting knock, a disturbing knock. And did I mention that the door is glass?
You see, the UPS deliveryman is in such a hurry to drop off that package that he can’t be bothered to open the glass door and bang on the wooden door. C’mon, the doorknocker is right there – that’s what it’s for, right? And if he doesn’t have time to open the glass door, how hard is it just to ring the doorbell?
I’ve considered asking him politely to please use the doorbell (and not bang on the glass door), but I can’t catch him. It seems the UPS driver is riding with a tandem runner, and he’s speedy. Even the roadrunner couldn’t catch him.
The good news? Christmas is upon us and we will soon be back to sporadic deliveries with a single UPS driver and a nice friendly “ding-dong.” Happy Holidays!
Your turn – what’s your pet peeve this holiday season?