Open Phones: Your Nobel "Disturbing-The-Peace" Prize Nominations

Friday, October 07, 2011

We talked about today's winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, now we want to nominate winners for the "disturbing the peace" prize. Talk about who you would give an award to for minor irritation, unseemliness, or general annoyance. Keep it fun, keep it civil, but (in the spirit of Andy Rooney) - vent a little!

Comments [30]

Henry from Bay Ridge from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

My annoyance is actually within The Brian Lehrer Show itself. How often do you hear Brian tell a caller, or guest --- "Can you make a final statement in "five" or "ten-seconds?"
The guests do manage to truncate their thoughts. ----And then we hear the reason for the interruption. It's only to hear Brian's: "Beating on a Can" theme, for 15 seconds or more. Sell those wasted seconds, or say something smart instead!

Oct. 07 2011 05:08 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Seconding Nancy here, & adding the loud, high-pitched beeps that sound while the bus is "kneeling" & "rising." Also when the steps are converting to a wheelchair ramp--1 time I thought they must've held a contest for the most annoying possible noise they could use for that!

But what's worse are the riders who complain about the wheelchair user--as though they had deliberately chosen to use a wheelchair in order to inconvenience able-bodied riders! I usually ask them if they'd like to be the 1 who needs the wheelchair.

Oct. 07 2011 12:10 PM
Mike from Inwood

People who park their car where they can never hear their own car alarm and are not around at 3 AM when the thing goes on and off for hours.

Oct. 07 2011 12:10 PM
Mike from Inwood

The beeps on garbage trucks at 3:30 AM. Come on! Change them so that they can turn off. No one needs to be protected from being run over by a garbage truck in the middle of the night.

Oct. 07 2011 12:08 PM
Mike from Inwood

People who complain about cigarettes.

Oct. 07 2011 12:05 PM
Mike from Inwood

People who stand sideways in the subway doors with their backs to the people entering and earphones in. They're not getting out at any stop soon but insist on reducing the flow of people in and out to a single line that often has to turn sideways to get by them.

Oct. 07 2011 12:03 PM
Ignatius J. Reilly from Brooklyn, NY

A disturbing the peace prize should be awarded to guests at restaurants and cafés who blithely carry on loud and lengthy conversations on their mobile phones. They are often solo diners who seem to relish the thought that their interminable conversations are of interest to others. It is a true abomination!

Oct. 07 2011 12:00 PM
Mike from Inwood

Leafblowers outside my window at 7 AM on Saturday mornings. The space to be blown is maybe 30 feet by two feet. It doesn't even save that much time over using a rake.

Oct. 07 2011 12:00 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Backpack or no backpack, people who get on the subway & stand just inside the door so the people behind them can't get on! & then get mad when you ask them to move so you can get on!

Oct. 07 2011 12:00 PM
Christopher from Bed-Stuy

Hand down:
Anyone clipping their nails in a subway car.

Oct. 07 2011 11:59 AM
Nancy from Harlem

Unnecessarily loud volume of those beeps when busses move (or even sit idle) while in reverse!

Oct. 07 2011 11:58 AM
Simone from Brooklyn

Parents who listening to blasting music with earphones that totally ignore their kids with them. Literally tuning their kids out!

Oct. 07 2011 11:58 AM
thatgirl from manhattan

the NYPD. those new, whooping sirens roar down ninth avenue past our building 24-7, even when no one's blocking their path. it vibrates the building and breaks through the normal din in an anxiety-making fashion.

and isn't it ironic that when the city's broke, shaking down restaurants and other small businesses for minute infractions, they forget to enforce noise statutes already on the books (honking, bass-boosters in fug cars driven by wide boys) they could clean up if they did!

Oct. 07 2011 11:58 AM
Mike from Inwood

On the subway: Those kids who start yelling "Show TIme! Show TIme! What time is it? SHOWTIME" before they crank up a boombox and and start dancing and flipping, often on the bars immediately overhead with their feet traveling at 40 mph that come within a couple inches of someone's face.

Oct. 07 2011 11:58 AM

Motorcycles with open pipes blasting down the street at 2 am, setting off car alarms. They must be over compensating for something or truly malicious.

Oct. 07 2011 11:57 AM
carolita from NYC

the guys on the cherry picker next door cleaning the facade of the Mormon Church, because they keep moving backwards, and making that "bee-bee-bee-bee" backing up sound, every few minutes for the last two hours. C'mon guys, it's just pigeon poop!

Oct. 07 2011 11:56 AM
Ben from Park Slope

How about a minimum ten year sentence in prison for ANYONE caught playing a pan flute in public through amplification?

I'd love to see the mass deportation of all Guatemalan subway peasant bands.

Oct. 07 2011 11:55 AM
Laura from Brooklyn, New York

Honking cars. And car pollution. I dream of the day when there are more electric cars (perhaps with quieter horns?).

Oct. 07 2011 11:55 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

to the caller: No fire engines? Really? You'll feel differently when your place is burning down! You want peace and quiet and pure clean air? Move the the *amn country!

Oct. 07 2011 11:55 AM
Freddy Jenkins

waves of texters blocking up the sidewalks

Oct. 07 2011 11:55 AM
sammy from nyc

smokers on side walks of Manhattan

Oct. 07 2011 11:55 AM
Jay from Brooklyn


Oct. 07 2011 11:55 AM
David from Nj

Hands down, Nancy Grace

Oct. 07 2011 11:53 AM
LL from UWS

WNYC's over-emphasis of economic news for the investor class. Stock market reports every hour (why?).

Oct. 07 2011 11:37 AM
John A.

The Fool on the Hill Mitch McConnell.
wait - you said minor.

Oct. 07 2011 11:26 AM
Jill from NYC

People who try to force their way to the exit of a subway car while the train is still in motion. Just wait!

Oct. 07 2011 11:24 AM
nicole from Westchester

Leaf Blowers! They pollute the air, earth and water and disturb the peace & quiet.

Oct. 07 2011 11:12 AM from Prospect Park, Brooklyn

The Q and B trains after the Prospect Park station in Brooklyn.

Help petition the MTA and raise funds to mitigate the noise pollution created by the subway.

Oct. 07 2011 11:05 AM

the tea baggers!

Oct. 07 2011 10:15 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Newt Gingrich.

Oct. 07 2011 10:03 AM

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