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To really not appreciate this sort of "humour"?

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Soyamilkisniceintea Sat 29-Apr-17 12:32:50

I know a few people who do it - not know well but it seems to be a type of person.

You ask for something to be polite but it's perfectly reasonable - 'could I have a carrier bag please?'
They look at you poker faced and say 'no.'
You wait.
They break out into a grin and say 'course!'

I know it's meant harmlessly but I hate it. I feel like such a twat as I stand there waiting for the 'punch.' AIBU to wonder why the fuck people do it as it isn't funny!

LadyPW Sat 29-Apr-17 12:45:42

I think this probably falls under the Daily Mail's heading of "hilarious" i.e. the average person will think hmm
That's certainly the response anyone would get from me.

SquatBetty Sat 29-Apr-17 12:47:48

Tiresome, lame humour. They'll then get all offended if you complain. My FIL is like this. He also reads the Mail unsurprisingly!

WorraLiberty Sat 29-Apr-17 12:50:51

But most of Mumsnet read the Daily Mail and yet I doubt many people would find that funny.

I used to hate it as a kid. You try to break through that awkward shyness and ask in a loud enough to hear, polite voice only to be told 'No', before the shopkeeper collapses in fits of giggles hmm

Chavelita Sat 29-Apr-17 12:53:37

I have never come across a woman doing this, come to think of it. Always men doing it to a child or a woman.

Soyamilkisniceintea Sat 29-Apr-17 12:53:54

Yes - and you still feel like a stupid kid even as an adult! said with feeling

Hobbes8 Sat 29-Apr-17 12:56:12

My father in law does this to me and my daughter (she's 3).


AntigoneJones Sat 29-Apr-17 12:57:15

ah yes like the hilarious one when you go to the post office and ask for a stamp...
the old git stamps on the floor before looking at you expectantly, waiting for you to burst out laughing I suppose.

baconandmushrooms Sat 29-Apr-17 12:57:23


Someone did this to me last week. I asked for directions he was washing his car outside so I thought he'd know the area (I was about 2 streets away just unsure which way) I said excuse me could you tell me how to get to --- please? He said no before nearly pissing his pants and his funny he was before telling me. I just thought he was a massive twat.

Soyamilkisniceintea Sat 29-Apr-17 12:58:27

Haven't come across that one! It's really annoying but at least then there is some vague attempt at wit through double meaning - it's not remotely funny - but with the 'no' it's just - angry NOT FUNNY!

It's really pissed me off! grin

Soyamilkisniceintea Sat 29-Apr-17 12:58:47

Bacon I feel your pain!!

Asmoto Sat 29-Apr-17 12:59:54

Yes! A particular bullying twunt of a senior manager did this to me at work once - he had his back to me at the time - I asked him 'Do you know where I can find X at the moment' (X being someone he worked closely with) and he said 'No!' with an air of triumph.

Unfortunately for him, I had a visiting Head Honcho with me who I was trying to hand over on a visit - you should have seen him leap to his feet and bluster when I politely added, 'I do need to find him, as Head Honcho has a meeting with him at two thirty.'

ToffeeCaramel Sat 29-Apr-17 13:01:27

I know it's meant harmlessly but I hate it. I feel like such a twat
It's them that should feel like a twat for having a crap sense of humour not you. Could you say "Oh well done!" in a patronising manner?

floraeasy Sat 29-Apr-17 13:03:37


I have a schoolboy sense of humour and like word-play and puns, but even I draw the line at what you have described. Where's the wit? The punchline? Nah, I don't get it.

I lump in the pretending-to-have-forgotten-your-birthday in with this. Those annoying people who think it's funny to let someone spend the greater part of their birthday thinking they've been forgotten and then spring a surprise party on them when they're depressed and probably not even dressed for it. Why do people do that?

MapMyMum Sat 29-Apr-17 13:09:32

Had this from a woman the other day she thought she was hilarious and actually I was on my way to the hospital to a family member who was very very ill. I was not in the mood for it and she thought I was a moody cow but I couldnt muster a fake smile for it. Not sure that I could have done it in normal circumstances either

ClashCityRocker Sat 29-Apr-17 13:10:38

I was meeting some friends in a pub.

Being the first one there, I went to the bar and asked for a pint, please.

'no' said the barman, smirking.

I said OK, and turned around to go.

'just kidding' he said.

I went over the road and text my friends to meet me in there instead. Turned out well, actually as they had a rather good folk group playing so we stopped in there all night.

TheFirstMrsDV Sat 29-Apr-17 13:11:16

This is really weird.
I thought this was a zombie thread because I am sure I have read the exact same op and first responses before.

Not a dig at you OP. If its any comfort I think most of the people on the other thread (if in fact there was one...) agreed with you too grin

Obsidian77 Sat 29-Apr-17 13:13:57

I was heavily pregnant and needed to hire a car, the man said he couldn't let me as I had 11 points on my license (I don't). I burst into tears and he was baffled why his "joke" had upset me

floraeasy Sat 29-Apr-17 13:15:50

Obsidian77 sad how awful.

We should fight back. Tell them to do their damn jobs and leave the "comedy" to professionals.

Spadequeen Sat 29-Apr-17 13:17:29

I had this when I went to an out of hours doctor with what turned out to be very bad tonsillitis. I asked the receptionist for an appointment with the doctor and was told no. Twice. He didn't think it so funny when I complained about him to the doctor.

He did apologise and Tried to explain he was trying to cheer me up as I looked so unhappy. I WAS SO UNHAPPY BECAUSE I WAS SO UNWELL YOU STUPID FUCKING TWAT! I didn't say that obviously but did tell him that it was very inappropriate and most definitely not funny

Mothervulva Sat 29-Apr-17 13:18:54

Do most of mumsnet read the Daily Mail..?

floraeasy Sat 29-Apr-17 13:19:43

Wow, Spade!

I would have thought a doctor's receptionist needed to show more empathy than is usual in that role because of the sick and distressed patients they would encounter. I really don't understand people who can't put themselves in someone else's shoes. Is that really how they'd like to be spoken to if they were frightened and in pain shock.

HopefulHamster Sat 29-Apr-17 13:23:48

Men and women do this (as evident above). I'm sure it's mostly done to women/kids though. It's a power joke - only funny to the person with the power. Ugh.

Soyamilkisniceintea Sat 29-Apr-17 13:25:20

Not guilty MrsDV - I don't think, anyway!

insancerre Sat 29-Apr-17 13:28:11

I have just disciplined someone for this at work
She was asked to do something by a newly promoted staff member. She said no and she was putting her foot down and not doing it
When I questioned her later, she said she was joking
Thing is nobody found it funny, particularly the member of staff who felt undermined

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