What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby TooMuchTuna » Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:17 am

Does he eat an entire box every day? Does he eat anything else during the day or is it 'all cheez-its all the time'?

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:24 am

TooMuchTuna wrote:Does he eat an entire box every day? Does he eat anything else during the day or is it 'all cheez-its all the time'?


I have seen him go through more than one box, but I would say the average is one a day. I really only notice him when the coughing gets out of control and he is always eating Cheezits at that time. I'm not sure what else, if anything, he eats during the day.

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby B90 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:43 am

This is why lawyers have to go through the metal detectors in some courts.

Seriously, do not engage. This person sounds seriously unstable.

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:58 pm

B90 wrote:This is why lawyers have to go through the metal detectors in some courts.

Seriously, do not engage. This person sounds seriously unstable.


He isn't a lawyer. He is a Ph.D type. But, you may be correct on the stability.

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby sundance95 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:42 pm

kalvano wrote:
RaceJudicata wrote:
jchiles wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Cougher reportedly choked on his Cheezits this afternoon and had to be helped out by some co-workers. I am not making this up. You can't make things up that are this wild. He has now left for the day apparently.


As someone who has reflux and coughs a lot, I feel pretty comfortable saying this guy really needs to see a doctor and get this worked out.


Ya, I hope this dude doesn't have some massive tumor in his throat.


I mean, if he does, that should solve the coughing problem relatively soon.

This was underappreciated. Also props to op for fanning the flame

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:18 am

Cough, cough, sniff, sniff, cough, SNNNNEEEEEZZZZEEEEEE, cough, cough, sniff, sniff, throat clear, sniff, loud throat gargle, spit into trash can, cough, cough, sniff, SNNNEEEEZZEEEE.

I am so glad I put in a request to be relocated yesterday.

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:56 pm

Alt123 wrote:Well, he might also have chronic bronchitis or CPD.


I work in a hospital now, and a lot of our patients have had a persistent cough for years and the pulmonologists have no clue why because they pass every test and their imaging comes back normal.

I feel so bad for those people because when they cough during their entire 45 minute appointment, they're apologizing the whole time and keep repeating, "I'm not contagious. It just won't stop". It's annoying for them to deal with, but I can also imagine it's super annoying to listen to all day. At least I get paid to listen to it.

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby B90 » Mon May 01, 2017 9:50 am

Anonymous User wrote:Cough, cough, sniff, sniff, cough, SNNNNEEEEEZZZZEEEEEE, cough, cough, sniff, sniff, throat clear, sniff, loud throat gargle, spit into trash can, cough, cough, sniff, SNNNEEEEZZEEEE.

I am so glad I put in a request to be relocated yesterday.


It has been six days. Are OP and the cougher both still alive?

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon May 01, 2017 10:04 am

My request for relocation has been denied. I had a voicemail from someone in HR that simply said, "We are unable to accommodate your request for office relocation at this time."

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby B90 » Mon May 01, 2017 10:20 am

Anonymous User wrote:My request for relocation has been denied. I had a voicemail from someone in HR that simply said, "We are unable to accommodate your request for office relocation at this time."


:cry:
Glad you are alive, though. Remember, what doesn't kill makes us stronger.
Unfortunately, if this is a true statement, then the contrapositive must also be true. What doesn't make us stronger kills us.

Seriously, stay alive, OP.

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu May 04, 2017 10:43 am

This is an office rumor, but if it is true, we are making some progress! Supposedly, the cougher was told that he could no longer eat Cheezits at his desk because the coughing was disrupting and upsetting so many others. I wondered why it has been so quiet around here the last few days!

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby RaceJudicata » Thu May 04, 2017 11:10 am

Anonymous User wrote:This is an office rumor, but if it is true, we are making some progress! Supposedly, the cougher was told that he could no longer eat Cheezits at his desk because the coughing was disrupting and upsetting so many others. I wondered why it has been so quiet around here the last few days!


I'm immediately shorting Kellogg's stock.

(Yes, I had to look up who made cheez-its).

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby B90 » Fri May 05, 2017 12:31 am

Anonymous User wrote:This is an office rumor, but if it is true, we are making some progress! Supposedly, the cougher was told that he could no longer eat Cheezits at his desk because the coughing was disrupting and upsetting so many others. I wondered why it has been so quiet around here the last few days!

Curious, is this a law firm? I know you said the cougher isn't a lawyer, but are you?
I'm just trying to come up with a plausible explanation for why it took nearly 3 months to get this result.

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu May 11, 2017 9:22 am

B90 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:This is an office rumor, but if it is true, we are making some progress! Supposedly, the cougher was told that he could no longer eat Cheezits at his desk because the coughing was disrupting and upsetting so many others. I wondered why it has been so quiet around here the last few days!

Curious, is this a law firm? I know you said the cougher isn't a lawyer, but are you?
I'm just trying to come up with a plausible explanation for why it took nearly 3 months to get this result.


I am a lawyer, but do not work in a law firm. Cougher works in the same office as several lawyers. I can't believe it has taken this long to get this result either, but it did. Not sure why or how it would have been different or easier if it was a law firm though.

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri May 12, 2017 3:55 pm

Cougher was sent home from work (didn't go home sick -- sent home) because of severe sneezing fits that were caused by allergies. I have never heard anyone sneeze that loud and continuously in my life. If you just heard the noise you would have thought it was fake, but if you watched him they truly appeared to be genuine sneezes. This is the damnedest thing.

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby cron1834 » Fri May 12, 2017 4:41 pm

Progress. Cougher needs help and coworkers need quiet.

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun May 14, 2017 3:42 pm

A co-worker is asking for people's signatures on a letter he is submitting to HR and all of the top brass regarding the cougher. I didn't even read the letter but I declined. I hate and can't stand the cougher more than anyone, but writing a letter and gathering signatures?

I asked the letter writer if he was in middle school with this bullshit. He got slightly pissed and defensive. Apparently the coughing noises and distractions (like choking) are really bothering this co-worker. He has been complaining for many months, including in person and to cougher himself. he is considering quitting but hasn't found a job of equal or better pay.

I really don't want to sign the letter but this god damn coughing is tearing the office apart. Has anyone else ever dealt with anything like this?

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby Npret » Sun May 14, 2017 4:03 pm

Anonymous User wrote:A co-worker is asking for people's signatures on a letter he is submitting to HR and all of the top brass regarding the cougher. I didn't even read the letter but I declined. I hate and can't stand the cougher more than anyone, but writing a letter and gathering signatures?

I asked the letter writer if he was in middle school with this bullshit. He got slightly pissed and defensive. Apparently the coughing noises and distractions (like choking) are really bothering this co-worker. He has been complaining for many months, including in person and to cougher himself. he is considering quitting but hasn't found a job of equal or better pay.

I really don't want to sign the letter but this god damn coughing is tearing the office apart. Has anyone else ever dealt with anything like this?

No.
I agree don't sign the letter. What is HR going to do here?

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby B90 » Tue May 16, 2017 12:57 am

Anonymous User wrote:A co-worker is asking for people's signatures on a letter he is submitting to HR and all of the top brass regarding the cougher. I didn't even read the letter but I declined. I hate and can't stand the cougher more than anyone, but writing a letter and gathering signatures?

I asked the letter writer if he was in middle school with this bullshit. He got slightly pissed and defensive. Apparently the coughing noises and distractions (like choking) are really bothering this co-worker. He has been complaining for many months, including in person and to cougher himself. he is considering quitting but hasn't found a job of equal or better pay.

I really don't want to sign the letter but this god damn coughing is tearing the office apart. Has anyone else ever dealt with anything like this?

Sadly, I have. Feel free to PM if you want more details.

OP, you are my new hero. You exemplify the reason I wanted to become a lawyer; thank you for not being insufferable!

Stay classy and kudos on your lack of homicidal tendencies. You have just restored my faith in "the profession." Apparently, the BBE is better than I thought at screening.

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby ghostoftraynor » Thu May 18, 2017 12:04 am

Anonymous User wrote:
B90 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:This is an office rumor, but if it is true, we are making some progress! Supposedly, the cougher was told that he could no longer eat Cheezits at his desk because the coughing was disrupting and upsetting so many others. I wondered why it has been so quiet around here the last few days!

Curious, is this a law firm? I know you said the cougher isn't a lawyer, but are you?
I'm just trying to come up with a plausible explanation for why it took nearly 3 months to get this result.


I am a lawyer, but do not work in a law firm. Cougher works in the same office as several lawyers. I can't believe it has taken this long to get this result either, but it did. Not sure why or how it would have been different or easier if it was a law firm though.


I'd think this person would be shitcanned pretty quickly in big law. In some ways, it's an easy place to hide and coast, but I'd think this would be shut down pretty quickly.

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon May 22, 2017 10:17 am

After an extremely annoying coughing fit this morning (it sounded like someone was having a medical emergency in the hallway), the cougher has gone home sick. I have heard rumors that he has been asked to work remotely until he can get the coughing situation ironed out, but I can't confirm this.

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby Npret » Mon May 22, 2017 10:52 am

Anonymous User wrote:After an extremely annoying coughing fit this morning (it sounded like someone was having a medical emergency in the hallway), the cougher has gone home sick. I have heard rumors that he has been asked to work remotely until he can get the coughing situation ironed out, but I can't confirm this.

This saga is unbelievable.

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby B90 » Mon May 22, 2017 11:02 am

Anonymous User wrote:After an extremely annoying coughing fit this morning (it sounded like someone was having a medical emergency in the hallway), the cougher has gone home sick. I have heard rumors that he has been asked to work remotely until he can get the coughing situation ironed out, but I can't confirm this.

Happy Monday!
At a law firm, this would have happened months ago.
*The following is not actual legal advice:
You should encourage this rumor. Also, does the cougher have a desk that is easily accessible? If so, consider purchasing some streamers and other decorations. Decorate the desk with the appropriate message, either congrats on your retirement or, if you wish to be kind, get well soon. Perhaps take up a collection. It really is a pity that you do not appear to have an expense account. Hopefully, your company will be giving hardship pay to the cougher's victims.

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Re: What Do You Do About Someone In Your Office Constantly Coughing and Clearing Throat?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu May 25, 2017 10:22 pm

Op here:

I sneezed today, really loud, twice. It was one of those where you have to close your eyes and it is back-to-back ACHOOOOS!

About two minutes later a woman in the office sent me an email with the subject line: Coughing and Sneezing

Was that you? Please keep it down over there. If you need more Cheezits, they are in the lounge area.

I got a good laugh out of it. Next thing I know, she forwarded it to a few others, who supposedly forwarded to others, and they forwarded to even more people.


This is ridiculous!




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