I frequently get coffee and a muffin at a great bakery near my home. There are only two tables set up for those who'd like to eat there. The tables are about a foot apart and right next to the self service coffee.
A few weeks ago, while I'm drinking my coffee and reading the paper, a middle aged man sits at the table next to me and starts slurping his coffee so loudly that I thought it was a joke. I look over to see him completely leaned over the table slurping from the cup.
It was so strange and annoying that I got up and left.
Of course now, I keep running into Mr. Slurppy. When I see him I just take my muffin and coffee to go.
A few days ago I was at one of the tables and a woman sat at the table next to me. In walks Mr. Slurrpy who looked a little confused that someone was sitting at "his" table. Well, he still got his cup of coffee at the self serve....and leaned over the bar and started slurrping his coffee.
I'm sure this story sounds inane, but I'm not exaggerating when I tell you that he is making so much noise that I'm walking out of the store. Would anyone have the guts to say, "Sir, please stop that?"
If you want to practice your passive-aggressive you could ask about his "technique".
Or bring your iPod.
I would try to be more generous hearted and think perhaps this man has some social issues, say, maybe he has something in the Autism Spectrum. I would also remind myself I probably have some things that others find strange, perhaps even annoying and give me the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent.Or you can be someone like the person the OP was describing in this thread:
If it really bothered me and it was keeping me from my regular routine- I would have looked over at him and told him he was "a very loud coffee drinker". Maybe he could keep it down a bit. Smile and make a little conversation to better assess the situation. I bet he is not intending to annoy anyone.Sounds like he is just not self aware (for whatever reason). You can only assess the reason if you talk to him.
If in the course of this light conversation, he reminds you of a serial killer you saw on t.v. the night before, then keep running from "Mr Slurrpy".
There's no telling what might be going on with this gentleman. Perhaps he had throat surgery or some other problem. With everything going on in the world it doesn't seem like too bad a problem to have. It doesn't sound from your report like he's doing it deliberately to be malicious or cause others harm. Just enjoy the fact you are able to get out and get coffee and muffins and enjoy them.
This is how I feel. Now that I have severe chronic back pain 24/7 I see things differently. My priorities have changed. I would dearly love to be able to get out to enjoy coffee but usually I cannot due to pain (I often cannot sit). To watch TV requires lying down on a mattress on the floor. BUT I am grateful my sight allows me to watch! Anyway, I do not feel sorry for myself because I get such joy out of cooking - often that is something I *can* do. :) And eating. Believe me, I am a very good eater! :)
So, perhaps this gentleman does have a medical or social or other issue. Perhaps he is lonely and that is his spot to go each day that provides him joy. We just do not know his circumstances (or others' for that matter).