My coworker is cranky and it’s pissing me off.

My coworker is having a problem with something today. She has been slamming drawers, stomping around, sighing loudly, and drumming her fingers on her desk all morning. I think she’s upset about a work issue. We all get upset about issues at work. How much longer do I have to put up with this before I snap?

Go call her from a pay phone and pretend that you’re her neighbor and that you just ran over her cat with your car. Then, after she gets all upset, say, “Just kidding!” That will surely make her reevaluate her mood and make her so happy that she forgets about whatever was pissing her off earlier.

Or just go out and get her a mocha or some M&Ms from the snack machine and say, “It seems like you’re having a bad day. Maybe this will cheer you up!” I know you want to slam her hand in her desk drawer or “accidentally” pull out a chunk of hair as you walk by, but you’ll get much better results by being nice and sympathetic.

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