Fingernail Clipping: Most Annoying Public Grooming Habit Ever?

FlickrNew York Daily News columnist Pete Donohue wrote today about what has to be one of the most irritating things a person can possibly do in public:

Trimming fingernails.

How do you feel when you see a stranger or co-worker doing it?


When Donohue caught a man trimming his nails on the subway, he actually confronted the guy. He writes:

I stared at the man with eyes full of curses. Eventually, he looked up.

"Are you kidding me?" I said.

His face was blank.

"On the subway? You have to do that here?"

I can absolutely relate to the "eyes full of curses," which is probably how I'd handle a public fingernail cutter. However, I don't think I'd verbally confront the person. Donohue himself rethought his own decision a few minutes later, when the guy stood up to get off the train and turned out to be larger than he'd expected.

But Donohue got his happy ending:

He crossed the car, paused, and looked down at me.

"I'm sorry," he said. "You were right. Sometimes you don't think."

Phew! That could have ended a lot differently!

I can't really say what it is about seeing or hearing someone cut his or her nails in public. For one thing, it's a disgusting sound. For another, who wants gross clipped fingernails all over the floor? Eww.

I think that nail cutting might just be the most disgusting public grooming habit that there is -- well, that and hair brushing in a restaurant or food court. *shudder*

What about you? Which grooming habit disgusts you the most when you see someone doing it in full view of everyone?


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