Dear Evil Skippy: My Co-Worker’s Laugh Makes Me Want To Kill Her
One of my co-workers has the most annoying laugh in the world. I literally want to strangle her when she starts to cackle. How can I make her stop?
– Going Crazy
You “literally” want to strangle her? Really? You are not “going” crazy. You have arrived.
Many readers will be expecting me to recommend Tasers or duct tape as a solution (other than murder) for your problem. Those methods never work against an Annoying Laugher. You need to make sure that nothing is funny, so start talking about dead puppies. Problem solved.
– Evil Skippy
I want to know one thing. Is your co-worker genuinely laughing at something or is she one of those people who loves to be the center of attention and laughs at volumes almost beyond measure in her quest for the spotlight? If it is the latter, tell her to shut up. (Do it respectfully and say something like, “Would you be ever so kind as to stop making such an infernal racket? My latte just curdled.”)
If she’s truly laughing and the laugh is torture for you, all I can suggest is learning to ignore her. And ear plugs. There will always be something to annoy us. Obnoxious laughter is better than a bunch of other options.
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