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Gum popping!

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Question: I work in a nice office with a lot of nice people around. Sometimes, however, the lady next to me in her cube will chew gum ... then, she will pop it. Not too loud that the whole office hears it, but enough for me to cringe each time. It makes me mad, and I want to yell: "Please stop! For the love of all that is good in this world, stop popping your gum!"

But I am a professional and would like advice on how to politely bring this issue to light. Any suggestions?  -- Eau Claire, Wis.


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Have we all becone so worried about offending one another? Are we over the top on political correctness? I think the simpple answer is the simple direct approach...

Be polite and just say to her that on occasion when she's chewing gum she tends to make a loud popping noise that bothers you. Would she mind not doing that?

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Jennie Cox August 17, 2010 at 4:11 pm

What if the offfender is your boss? I work in a small office. Myself, the Owner, his ex-wife and his son. His son is not a boy. He is 41 years old and he pops and cracks his gim like a kid. I have made references that it is annoying, but he thinks its funny he can bother me that way.

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ugg December 17, 2009 at 9:20 pm

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