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To think that whistling in public should be banned?

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bumhead Thu 11-Oct-12 07:42:23

I'm the first to admit that I'm highly intolerant but I absolutely detest people who whistle in the supermarket (for example) and think of it than nothing more than noise pollution.
To me it's unnecessary and tuneless crap and I don't see why people feel the need to do it and why people should have to listen to it.
I know men probably do it out of some sort of nervous tick or something but it drives me crazy when I'm trying to do the food shopping and some bastard is whistling though every aisle.
(and breathe)

ripsishere Thu 11-Oct-12 07:44:53

I thought it was only me who didn't like it. YADNBU.
While we are pushing for legislation, can we have a sub law that bans my DH from la la laing please.
He does it when there is nothing for him to think about IMO. When challenged he feigns surprise and asks if I am sure.

AuntieStella Thu 11-Oct-12 07:45:36

I don't agree. Even tuneless whistling is better than overspill from headphones.

Where do you shop, btw? I don't think I've heard anyone whistling for ages.

WofflingOn Thu 11-Oct-12 07:46:55

I like to hear someone whistling, it sounds cheerful. I'm the only one in my family who can't carry a tune. sad
I thought you were going to be complaining about wolf-whistling, which I agree should be discontinued.

thezoobmeister Thu 11-Oct-12 07:48:11


I love whistling! I don't do it to annoy you or because I'm nervous, I just get a tune stuck in my head and have to whistle along. Don't deny me my small pleasures in life.

YABU (and sexist, we women whistle too)

ZombTEE Thu 11-Oct-12 07:48:17

Proving once more that people get upset by the * stupidest* things.

How is a person's whistling hurting you?

Nothing like a PO thread first thing in the morning...

::grumpy Tee is grumpy::

honeytea Thu 11-Oct-12 07:48:52


Can we also ban chewing gum with your mouth open?

DizzyPurple Thu 11-Oct-12 07:49:26

Quick watch Peppa Pig it's all about whistling - very funny!

ripsishere Thu 11-Oct-12 07:50:14

and going aaaaaah after slurping tea please.

thezoobmeister Thu 11-Oct-12 07:52:05

My baby goes aaaah after sneezing, we should ban that too!

greensnail Thu 11-Oct-12 07:53:53

This thread had just made me realise I can't remember when I last heard my dad whistle although it used to be constant when I was younger. Has he given up whistling? Why? Feeling a bit anxious about him now.

honeytea Thu 11-Oct-12 07:59:08

and going aaaaaah after slurping tea please.

Actually can we ban slurping tea?

ripsishere Thu 11-Oct-12 07:59:36

No, aaaah from people under the age of 10 or so is fine, it's those about 54 who piss me off beyond reason.

ScaryBeardyCandyman Thu 11-Oct-12 08:04:41

I love a good whistle as I'm shopping. If I'm alone I pop my headphones in, whistle along and sometimes even sing. People look at me like I'm odd, but fuck those prudes, if I want to enjoy my Tesco trip I will!

exoticfruits Thu 11-Oct-12 08:06:05

Gosh- that takes me back - my grandfather used to whistle and I had forgotten- it was lovely!

LeeCoakley Thu 11-Oct-12 08:22:40

Can't help sniggering at 'whistling'. Does anyone remember the Coupling episode where it was a euphemism for masturbating? grin

waterlego Thu 11-Oct-12 08:40:36

Oooh greensnail You've made me realise the same about my Dad. He doesn't whistle much these days sad But I inherited my excellent whistling skills from him and do like a good toot. I am very tuneful in my whistling OP, if that helps.

JollyJack Thu 11-Oct-12 08:42:50

When I hear someone whistling in the supermarket it always makes me smile. I feel like they are sharing their good mood with me.


auldspinster Thu 11-Oct-12 09:18:01

I was on a very delayed and jam packed train from Edinburgh to London where a bloke in his 60s or 70s started whistling - I felt murderous. YADNBU

lurkedtoolong Thu 11-Oct-12 09:20:34

I hate whistling with a passionate rage. It's a high-pitched horror that should be punishable by death. YADNBU.

vladthedisorganised Thu 11-Oct-12 09:33:44

I fear I'm with zoobmeister here. I whistle a lot; DD is very dictatorial about it though "No whistling inside!"

There are so many other things to ban. Leaving the serious issues aside, first on my list would be men who say "Ooh! Better out than in!" every single time they fart. Second would be the discussion of IBS symptoms outside of a medical environment. A close third would be discussion of minor medical procedures with anything other than "It seemed to go well and is much better now/ I have to go back in next week for a follow-up/ I'm on painkillers for a while," not the full details of the cervical smear, precisely how they tied your piles, or how you've had some 'really wet farts' since you had your hernia seen to.

Nope, whistling's fine.

BumsyClugger Thu 11-Oct-12 09:49:17


I used to work in a shop, and before I opened up I'd pop out front for a cigarette. The high street would be really quiet, not many people around at all, mainly just the street sweepers. Every morning there was a man sitting on a bench near my shop whistling a tune. It was a different tune every single day, and he was amazing. It really used to brighten up my day and make me smile. It was like something out of Oliver Twist.

He'd always be whistling if you saw him around the town, but it was the eerie quiet of the morning broken up by his whistling carried through the town that made it stick in my mind. It was really beautiful.

RuleBritannia Thu 11-Oct-12 10:19:41

I like to whistle tunes myself. My father taught me. I didn't like the way he whistled though. You know; the sort with a finger from each hand in the mouth as if you are calling someone.

My XMIL didn't like it when I whistled so I told her that I whistle only when I'm happy and carried on. She didn't like me.

I stopped whistling for a while when my newDH told me that he couldn't whistle. Miss him <sigh>.

Myliferocks Thu 11-Oct-12 10:20:37

Yanbu but that would be because I can't whistle!

PickledFanjoCat Thu 11-Oct-12 10:21:51

Laughing as well.

God if I hear one more laugh I'll punch them on the nose.

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