Yesterday I had a chat with a young man via a telephone. We were discussing my Time Warner Cable account and lack of services despite my payment IN ADVANCE. (hrumph). When we were done speaking I said "Thank you." His response? "No problem." I said "What problem?" He said "Excuse me?" I repeated to him that I was thanking him for his help. He once again said "No Problem." So I said one more time "What problem?" Again he said "Excuse me?" So I asked him if he thought I was a problem to reply "No problem." He laughed and said "No ma'am I don't think you are a problem." So I again said "Alright then, thank you for your help." He nearly said "No problem again instead of "you're welcome." I'm just not into "no problem". Makes me feel like YOU think I am a problem and you were my knight in shining slaughtered English. I went to a nice restaurant for lunch. I gave the waitress my order. I handed her the menu, I said thank you for her suggestions. She said "No problem." So I asked "Was there a problem?" She stood and looked at me and said "Whu Huh?? Excuse me?" I replied "I thanked you for your help, that's all." and she said it again "OH no problem." Once again I questioned her responding in kind "Whu Huh? Am I a problem? Thought I was a paying/tipping customer and it was your pleasure to serve me (thinking of Abbys job) not that I was a problem." So she thinks on it a moment and then said "Nooooooo see, you said thank you and I said (we said in unison) NO PROBLEM - it means......(long pause) and I looked at her like Nipper the RCA dog turning my head sideways....."Yes? It means - I'm a problem, yet you'll want a tip. It's wrong. I detest "no problem." I'm not a problem! IF I am a problem, then I need to say "I'm sorry, what did I do? How can I fix this error between us?" She chuckled, shrugged and walked off. As I left, I paid the bill and complimented the hostess on the nice restaurant. She said "Thank you." I said "The waitress was very nice." She said "Thank you." I dropped my keys, she picked them up and I thanked her thinking FINALLY a woman who doesn't think I AM A PROBLEM.......and nope - when I thanked her for my keys and extended my hand she said "No problem." UGH. I give up - is it just me? Or is this a shared irritation? I swear I want to say it like a valley girl when someone says "No problem." I answer "I'm so sorry." Then they say "For what?" and I say "For being a problem or rather not being a problem." It's just annoying. I can see saying "That was easy, or in response to a difficult and taxing situation saying 'It was not a problem for me to help you' but, NO problem makes me feel like I've done something to offend. To which I would "PROPERLY" respond - Oops MY bad.