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To think it's Not On to go about singing loudly at work when you are new/a temp?

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EricNorthmansMistressOfPotions Wed 24-Aug-11 14:55:28

I mean, it's Not On as a general rule, but at least if you've worked somewhere for eleventy years you can get away with eccentric or annoying habits. But if you are a temp and only been somewhere a few days, wouldn't you keep your loud show offy singing under check for a bit? I admit I have high standards of behaviour for my colleagues, I have previously debated the smelly fish lunch lady and the stewing lamb in a slow cooker lady (regarding neither was I BU by the way) but this is ridonkulous. I keep hearing bursts of pop songs at full volume coming from the admin room. The other admin workers must be fit to kill by now.

ghostofstalbans Wed 24-Aug-11 14:57:26

would def annoy me! people are dead odd though, perhaps it makes her feel more confident or something.

did someone really slow cook stewing lamb in the office? that reeks!

BettySwollocksandaCrustyRack Wed 24-Aug-11 14:58:48

I agree - it's shocking that people are happy at work!!!!

Salmotrutta Wed 24-Aug-11 15:01:07

Aw - leave him/her be. (S)he's happy in her/his work grin

Anyway, could be worse ... it could be tuneless whistling. That would make me kill.

redlac6 Wed 24-Aug-11 15:01:55

people are strange!

I have a chap at work who walks around in his bare feet <boak>

MissFenella Wed 24-Aug-11 15:03:05

Ditto salmotrutta

BettySwollocksandaCrustyRack Wed 24-Aug-11 15:04:26

I have been known to cartwheel my way to the printer and do the odd handstand or two...hell, it makes the day go so much quicker and the office dog seems to find it amusing smile

EricNorthmansMistressOfPotions Wed 24-Aug-11 15:04:33

Hahahaha I walk around barefoot! There you go, I suppose standards vary. But I would never go barefoot if I had smelly feet, only in flipflops so you don't see more foot than you would if I was wearing shoes.

EricNorthmansMistressOfPotions Wed 24-Aug-11 15:06:18

Yes ghost, she really did. It was <boak>

redlac6 Wed 24-Aug-11 15:07:48

but Eric where I work the carpets are minging wire wool ones with dirt and mud constantly trailed in and he walks round the grit car park with no shoes <boak at how hard his feet skin must be>

fuzzywuzzy Wed 24-Aug-11 15:08:06

We had that at work. Girl fancied herself as a popstar, the work lark was just a stop over till she realised her true calling & became famous....she went on ex factor & made it to the second round.

Sounds like she's now your new admin temp!

Salmotrutta Wed 24-Aug-11 15:09:43

In my previous career I once shared an office with someone who talked non-stop. Literally. Now that was annoying.

But at least I was only in the office for part of the day.

dickiedavisthunderthighs Wed 24-Aug-11 15:11:10

Gah, our (then new) grad started like that. Was a trained classical singer and clearly wanted the whole office to know. It took less than 24 hours to put her back in her box but dear god was it cringey.
We're in a really relaxed office but you've got to respect other people's boundaries, i.e. wear some fucking shoes, don't sing, don't microwave eel curry (this happened at my last job) and if you crave attention in general, don't work in an office.

EricNorthmansMistressOfPotions Wed 24-Aug-11 15:12:07

Ell Curry shock [faints]

upahill Wed 24-Aug-11 15:12:13

That would never happen at my place (anymore)

Everybody is so pissed off.
I would love some to come in and be happy, it might lift the mood.

(not my problem soon anyway I'm off!!)

EricNorthmansMistressOfPotions Wed 24-Aug-11 15:12:22


tethersend Wed 24-Aug-11 15:12:26

Kill her.

upahill Wed 24-Aug-11 15:13:28

OMG I have just seem the eel curry.
They are ugly fuckers - It is bad enough seeing them alive without them being chopped into a curry.

ConstanceNoring Wed 24-Aug-11 15:15:10

Definitely not on, but I do hate cocky newbies newcomers though.

izzywhizzyletsgetbusy Wed 24-Aug-11 15:20:08

Eel curry?

<<feel rapid return of non-curried lunch>>

dickiedavisthunderthighs Wed 24-Aug-11 15:21:02

Not any old eel curry, oh no. Eel curry left over from the night BEFORE the night before. Kitchen in basement, people heaving as far up as the 4th floor, I kid you not.
Someone took the fuse out of the microwave after that, it was a sad day for all (especially me with my economy box of Oatso Simple)

EricNorthmansMistressOfPotions Wed 24-Aug-11 15:30:55

I actually think I might throw up a bit in my mouth if I keep imagining eel curry. Oh my actual god.

pippilongsmurfing Wed 24-Aug-11 15:32:29

If it is annoying you that much then tell her!!
She might not be aware she is being so loud/annoying to co-workers.

Why does it matter that she's a temp, would you accept this from a non temp??

EricNorthmansMistressOfPotions Wed 24-Aug-11 15:37:26

No, I'd think it was bizarre from anyone new to an office actually. The temp aspect just illustrates that she hasn't been here for years or even months and got comfortable.

I won't tell her because I don't want her to feel uncomfortable. It is a bit irritating but I'm more boggled about why she would go about singing in an office full of people she doesn't know!

FerretMum Wed 24-Aug-11 15:53:12

YABU, unless you are the boss and singing prevents the person from working... Presumably they are happy, and happiness often = productivity, so let them be!

If you're so miserable at work after eleventy years in the same place as to resent someone else's happiness, perhaps you should be looking for a new job...

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