Here’s a tip for how to annoy your co-workers: Wear flip-flops to the office.
A Life Inc. post this week on the confusing, ever-changing standards for what to wear to work prompted many readers to share their pet peeve: The thwacking sound of summer footwear coming down the hall.
That’s right, it seems the noise of flip-flops bothers workers at least as much as their appearance.
“Hate the sound of flip flops flopping by my office door. And some of those toes shouldn't be seen in public,” one reader wrote.
Among the 10,000 readers who responded to our survey, 11 percent said flip-flops were the most annoying fashion faux pas at work. Another 13 percent said miniskirts or strapless tops, 19 percent said dirty clothes and 54 percent said "all of the above."
Over on our Facebook page, footwear faux pas also were a hot topic. Three readers recalled the horror of getting to work only to realize they had two different shoes.
Luckily, they seemed to take it all in stride.
Another post this week looked at the small but growing number of Americans who took in more than $200,000 in 2009 but didn’t have a U.S. income tax bill because of tax credits and deductions. The article prompted a heated discussion over who should pay taxes, who does pay taxes and whether tax dollars are being spent appropriately.
Some readers came to the defense of the high earners.
“These people did exactly what the government asked people to do to stimulate the economy - they were then rewarded with tax credits - and now people want to slam them. They should be viewed as patriots. If I had enough money, I would have done the same thing,” one reader wrote.
Readers also had a lot to say this week about a post on car dealers targeting military personnel, and in some cases taking advantage of them.
Many lamented that it’s common practice for businesses near military bases to try to overcharge or otherwise scam young men and women in uniform.
“It's bad enough to screw the general public, but NOT our soldiers who put their lives on the line, so these ‘Thieves’ have their freedoms!!!!” one reader wrote.