(36 Posts)
teaandthorazine Thu 27-Mar-14 13:54:28

For the last three mornings, I have stood on a packed commuter train next to A Sniffer. By the end of each 35 minute journey, I have meticulously plotted the long and painful death of each one of them.

I know colds are horrible. I know you probably feel like shite, and you're having to drag yourself into the office to have a meeting with Dull Kevin from Accounts when you'd rather be in bed with a hot water bottle and a cup of tea and some paracetamol. I do have some sympathy.

But please. Can I just ask that, if you wake up a bit sniffly, you TAKE A FUCKING TISSUE OUT WITH YOU? AND FUCKING USE IT? Otherwise I will be forced to push you onto the tracks.

Thank you.

FanjoForTheMammaries Thu 27-Mar-14 13:55:12

Yes I hate it.

I am in a waiting room just now and a woman opposite me is doing it.

I want to glare at her.

But..she is an elderly nun.

FanjoForTheMammaries Thu 27-Mar-14 13:55:52

A man juat sat beside me and started it now

KellyElly Thu 27-Mar-14 13:56:25

Sorry grin

DidoTheDodo Thu 27-Mar-14 13:57:20

I have a colleague who does it all day in the office. He may have it mentioned in his annual appraisal.

snowgirl1 Thu 27-Mar-14 13:57:56

Why don't you offer them a tissue? That's what I do with a colleague of mine who sniffs, rather than use a tissue, when she has a cold. I feel it makes my point (STOP SNIFFING!) but in a polite way. (Is that passive aggressive??)

EthelDorothySusan Thu 27-Mar-14 13:58:37

I had someone who was here a few months ago doing work, coughing and sniffing, they were here again today coughing and sniffing again. I guess they have some sort of allergy they are not getting looked at properly if at all.

MsMarvel Thu 27-Mar-14 13:58:40

The worst bus journey I've ever had in my life was when I had a runny nose and no tissue. Longest hour of my life. Sure I was probably annoying other people, but if one person had thought to offer me a tissue instead of glaring at me then the situation would have been resolved.

IamaBreastfeedingTramp Thu 27-Mar-14 14:01:19

I'm so sorry, I think you've been standing next to my DH every morning. Chronic sinusitis but that doesn't make it any less irritating

Lottapianos Thu 27-Mar-14 14:01:20

I had a sniffer sit next to me on the bus recently. She was sniffing about every 10 seconds and it was driving me bananas. I offered her a tissue with a smile, she looked shocked, took it, said thank you, put it in her bag and carried on sniffing! AAAAAAAGH!

YANBU in any way OP. It's disgusting behaviour. The bus sounds like a bloody pig farm some days.

AmberLeaf Thu 27-Mar-14 14:07:25

I wish allergic rhinitis on all of you....I don't really, but you get the gist!

Constant tissue use gives you a very sore nose, if it isn't a cold, but the months of [or year round in some cases] allergy related sniffing, wiping with a tissue is not an option.

Im not so bad now, but suffered terribly as a child, it irritated my Mum no end, it was awful knowing that something you really couldn't help would get you into trouble [that was how it felt at the time]

Medicines can only help so much, most are pretty useless actually.

EthelDorothySusan Thu 27-Mar-14 14:09:35

There is no need to snip with allergies, if you have the correct medication.

teaandthorazine Thu 27-Mar-14 14:13:59

I have considered taking tissues out with me to hand over, given that handing them out probably couldn't be considered any more passive-aggressive than my eye-rolling and hurrumphing grin

AmberLeaf Thu 27-Mar-14 14:14:16

That's not true really.

I have lost count of the different types of medication Ive had over the years, some work for one aspect, but not another etc. Some are just shit. The 'best' was the nasal sprays that made me sneeze and made it even worse!

Do you think people enjoy sniffing, having a constantly irritated nasal passage and being unable to breath normally?

JonSnowsPout Thu 27-Mar-14 14:15:22

<sniffs loudly>

EthelDorothySusan Thu 27-Mar-14 14:15:51

Ok, well the right medication helped us here, sorry that it didn't help you.

Nocomet Thu 27-Mar-14 14:16:49

Cut down all the sodding trees and I might

HelpfulChap Thu 27-Mar-14 14:18:01

Couldn't agree more OP. I had one behind me the other day & it was like Chinese water (mucus?) torture.

seaweedhead Thu 27-Mar-14 14:18:45

I'm full of a cold at the moment- its either sniff or blow my nose every 5 minutes- very noisily...or have snot running down my face but that's not really an option.
I think in some cultures is considered very rude to blow your nose in public hmm

DidoTheDodo Thu 27-Mar-14 14:21:27

amberleaf I have allergic rhinitis. It doesn't make someone else's sniffing (especially the really "juicy" sort) any less annoying.

AmberLeaf Thu 27-Mar-14 14:22:54

Maybe not Dido, but it should make you more understanding.

If I hear someone sniffing like that, I just feel sorry for them.

HauntedNoddyCar Thu 27-Mar-14 14:23:26

I sat down in glorious exit seats on a transatlantic flight - a full transatlantic flight mind - to discover that next to me was sat a sniffer. Not just sniffs but those really chewy sniffs that make you feel sick.

After about 10 minutes I snapped and produced a tissue for him and asked if he could possibly blow his nose. He refused saying it was medical and was obviously offended.

So then I had a sniffer giving me evil stares all the way across the ocean.

DidoTheDodo Thu 27-Mar-14 14:24:40

Sorry it doesn't! I am just horrible though smile

teaandthorazine Thu 27-Mar-14 14:27:48

HauntedNoddyCar - ooooh yes, those big juicy, chewy sniffs where you can hear the mucus rattling up and down the sinuses, sometimes followed by a full-on 'hack/snurk/swallow' combo.

Fills me with murderous intent.

CumberCookie Thu 27-Mar-14 14:28:38

But what if blowing it doesn't help in the slightest?

bonkersLFDT20 Thu 27-Mar-14 14:31:29

I once asked an exam invigilator to ask someone to stop sniffing. I was becoming murderous.

I spoke to her afterwards and apologised for my lack of tolerance. Poor woman had terrible hay fever.

But this was my degree.

spindlyspindler Thu 27-Mar-14 14:38:31

Some people can't blow their nose. It's like rolling your tongue, apparently. Some people just can't. I am one of these people and it gives me no more pleasure to stand there snorking miserably, feeling your beady stare and knowing you want me dead, than it does you.

So YABU, but I'm not sorry and I'll do it again...

LittleMissLurksALot Thu 27-Mar-14 14:40:08

I am absolutely with you on this. I hate sniffing with a passion, especially when there's no escape from the Sniffer.

I had a Sniffer on the desk next to me in one of my A level exams and I just couldn't concentrate. Not just little sniffles could hear the mucus moving. In an entirely silent hall when you are trying your best to concentrate on an exam paper it is torturous to hear. So I sent her a tissue through an invigilator.

The invigilator was very hmm at first, but it was a plain white tissue with no markings on at all and it was driving the other girls and staff mad too so she couldn't really say no.

The girl spoke to me at the end, she had been really conscious of it and so was very thankful. I dread to think what would have happened if I hadn't had tissues to pass on!

AmberLeaf Thu 27-Mar-14 14:54:42

IME blowing doesn't help in the slightest, it also would give me nosebleeds.

Glad Ive mostly grown out of it!

Rhiana1979 Thu 27-Mar-14 14:56:45

Urgh I work with someone like this. The proper back of the throat sniffing as if they're going to cough it up.

frogslegs35 Thu 27-Mar-14 15:07:01

I can be a sniffler.
I don't often have a stuffy nose but when I do the last thing that I want to do is blow it. When I do blow I get pain in my ears so bad it can last from an hour to a few days.
I know sniffing annoys people and I try not to do it too much but to be honest I don't fucking care who it offends, I'm not going to cause myself unneccesary pain for no-one.

DidoTheDodo Thu 27-Mar-14 15:11:43

PS My nickname (at horrible school) was "Sniffy Four Eyes" so learning to control my sniffing habit was a necessity for survival.

Callani Thu 27-Mar-14 15:13:34

I agree OP but the dirty looks you get if you dare to blow your nose on public transport! I'm not surprised some people resort to sniffing...

Cadsuane Thu 27-Mar-14 18:01:08

I have allergies year round and take medication (tablets and sprays) but still at this time of year I find myself sniffing.

Unfortunately I got accidentily hit in the nose hard enough to deviate my septum. Despite an operation which has corrected my breathing I am left with a nose that doesn't work properly. It runs backwards rather than forwards so despite that running nose feeling that causes me to sniff blowing my nose produces nothing as it is all going down my throat. Even with the worst cold I rarely need a hankie, i am just sick insteadd sad. I can often feel like I'm drowning/suffocating.

Andanotherthing123 Thu 27-Mar-14 18:06:29

Ds has mild tourettes and one of his ticks is sniffing-it's quite a commom one apparently.i have to remind people not to offer him tissues as it's involuntary and not snot related. It's made me much more tolerant to sniffing in general smile.

DoJo Thu 27-Mar-14 18:46:49

There is no need to snip with allergies, if you have the correct medication.

I know you have acknowledged that this may not be the case, but I just want to say that comments like this can make allergies even more intolerable. The smugness of someone assuming that you lack the minimal intellect it would take to go to the doctor and get medication if that was all it took can make you feel like shite, especially when you are already suffering with allergy symptoms.

I occasionally sniff because my nose is so sore with wiping and blowing that the skin in and around it is cracked and bleeding. By that stage I couldn't care less if you think that you are more qualified than my team of medical professionals to diagnose me - you can guarantee that I am feeling several degrees more pissed off about having to sniff than you are about having to listen to it. So although I am sorry for upsetting you, and I agree that it is a horrid noise, I won't be aggravating my condition any more by blowing my nose.

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