r/meirl 8d ago

Me IRL

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u/Blueberry_Mancakes 8d ago

This is like when my wife comes home from work and sits in her car for an hour pretending to be on the phone because the neighbor is outside and she doesn't want to have to be social.

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u/brog5108 8d ago

That’s when you do the half-jog to the door and if they talk to you just respond with “Got to pee.”

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u/Blueberry_Mancakes 8d ago

No no you pretend you're on an intense, even angry phone call, giving responses to questions nobody is asking as you walk intently into your house and continue the fake phone conversation until you're 6 ft inside your house and the door is closed. Then you put your phone in your pocket and go about your day like a psychopath.

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u/eouw0o83hf 8d ago

I feel so seen

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u/Draegur 8d ago

... and i don't like it 😭

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u/dullship 8d ago

"I have to return some videotapes"

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u/smokesnugs 7d ago

I dont get this.. just be anti social and they will leave you alone forever.

Some people are terrible at sensing queues..

Just say hi and keep moving and if they press you simply say "gotta go"

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u/Bezere 8d ago

"Boy it sure is a hot one today, huh?"

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u/Blueberry_Mancakes 8d ago

"Yall got any plans this weekend?"

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u/troubleis1 7d ago

thats how i met my swinger neighbors

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u/smellmybuttfoo 8d ago

YEAH?! Oh, that Wally loves to say "It's a hot one" when I already know it's a hot one. 'Cause I'm standing outside in the hot one. Thanks a lot, Wally. You know what? Tell me about future weather. Don't tell me about present weather...

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u/Dragon_Small_Z 7d ago

You ever been in a storm Wally...

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u/JohnZoidbergMustDie 7d ago

You ever been in a storm, Wally?

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u/marino1310 7d ago

YEAH!?

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u/dullship 8d ago

Yeah? YEAH?!

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u/dcdcdani 8d ago

Ohhh my goooood. The neighbours that park on my left and right of my car can talk for hours. HOURS. If you run into them in the parking lot you are for sure stuck talking to them for at least 30 minutes. It’s horrible. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a hurry or the weather is bad, they just don’t shut up. It’s nice when you run into both at the same time because then they talk to each other.

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u/dullship 8d ago

Yaaah when I lived in a basement suite, the owners upstairs (nice old Greek couple) were the worst to run into on your way to the door. Just the old man. But literally 90 minutes one time. Good god I been at work all day dude, I just wanna take a shit, man.

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u/muffinmonk 7d ago

Invite him in. Channel your inner Lyndon B Johnson and take a fat dump with the door open.

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u/edgethrasherx 7d ago

How do you let yourself get roped into conversations for 30 minutes that you don’t want to be a part of? Why don’t you just stop? “I’ve got to go but it was nice seeing you” and walk away, even that second part is overkill sometimes. The only reason their talking to you for 30 minutes is because they think you want to. Set boundaries with people and don’t let strangers dictate how you set your time. It’s hard at first, but very freeing not wasting my time with inane bullshit for nothing other than ostensibly appeasing others. If you’re that uncomfortable just saying no, make up something, lie, whatever who cares? Life is too short for shit like that. Put yourself first I believe in you

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u/c0rnelius651 7d ago

thats why i channel everything to be the silent one at best i give quick single sentence answers at worst i just nod

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u/Haunting_Sign5782 7d ago

Some people can't take a hint. This one kid at work would follow me like a lost puppy. I would literally not face him, walk away, constantly turn around, and he'd be 2 steps behind. One time I was in my truck rolling up the window, and he was still going.

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u/jessbird 7d ago

my dad is like this 😭😭😭 it stresses me out when i go anywhere w him cus we could be stuck talking to a total stranger in a parking lot for over half an hour

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u/pro_rege_semper 7d ago

My dad would always do this when I was a kid, except he'd recognize someone from like his first grade class that he hadn't seen in 30 years and talk to them for an hour.

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u/International_Risk52 8d ago

american south or midwest

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u/dcdcdani 8d ago

Canada

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u/paoyou 8d ago

Close enough lol

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u/dullship 8d ago

Them's fightin' woids.

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u/cheapdrinks 8d ago

One of the pains of living in the same neighborhood for a while. Can't just walk down the street without passing 3-4 sets of people who, for whatever reason, perpetually hang out on the street outside their house chit chatting. I'm late for work, I'm sick of going through the same pointless "Hi How are you! Off to work today? Oh that's too bad, is your partner doing well? blah blah fucking blah" pleasantries every single goddamn day.

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u/davidjohnson314 7d ago

It has taken me years of therapy but there is another path. You just say, "hey neighbor" and keep on walking.

Zach Galifinudesksksk' episode of Seinfeld's cars, comedians, and coffee demonstrates this superbly. Just say "hi'. The work is convincing yourself there's no demand for extra interaction.

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u/blabbermouth777 8d ago

Walk in on the phone. Duh.

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u/Utsutsumujuru 8d ago

I am not your wife

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u/Blueberry_Mancakes 8d ago

Let me know if you change your mind.

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u/RocketCat921 8d ago

A while ago, I lived in an apartment that the maintenance man came by monthly to change the AC Filter. One day, when I happened to be home, he was knocking on the door, and I knew who it was, but I had extreme social anxiety, so I just went and laid down, pretending to sleep, he came in and changed it and left lol.

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u/Frumainthedark 8d ago

And he just went into your house?

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u/barlog123 8d ago

My experience is that if they give notice, then they can enter the residence. I think it was 48 hours

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u/Frumainthedark 8d ago

Where I live, only I have the key to my apartment and I have to be there for somebody to enter from maintenance (not American). I wouldn't be able to sleep knowing that somebody can enter my house, notice or not. Too paranoid for this!

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u/KaptainCaps 8d ago

OK well if youre at work or out of town and a pipe bursts or something they arent gonna sit around for you to come back with the keys

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u/West-Yam-8429 8d ago

but thats an emergency, i cant imagine letting a random person go to my apartment when im not there to change the ac filter, thats nuts. Is this common in the US? Because i've never seen something like this here where i live

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u/mergrrl8 7d ago

I live in Texas, US. At my apartment, management is supposed to give you notice that they’ll be coming in, and if they come when you are gone, they’re supposed to leave notice that they were there. It’s a little hit or miss. Before the current owners bought the building, it was owned by a family. They wouldn’t come in without your permission unless it was critical (broken pipes, etc.), and you had to be there when workers came in. In 15 years, I only saw the landlord go into someone’s apartment without prior notice once. The neighbor called him to report that their apartment was being flooded from the next door apartment. I miss those guys. :(

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u/speckhuggarn 7d ago

Honestly this always thinking US is making my US-hate cringe.

That happens everywhere, they are service workers that work for the buildings you live in, and you get a notice before hand. I'm swedish and it happens here a lot.

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u/Advanced-Blackberry 7d ago

The landlord isn’t going to let you ruin his expensive AC by never letting them in. Routine maintenance needs to be done. They give you notice of when they will accomplish this. They aren’t going to, and shouldn’t have to, wait for you let them maintain their equipment.

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u/rmedina9295 8d ago

🤣

Sounds to me like they are gonna wait for that person to come back from vacation or whatever. They are the only ones with the keys remember?

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u/KaptainCaps 8d ago

Yeah why would you ever have keys to a building you own and take care of? Silly americans

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u/Stupid_Triangles 8d ago

take care of

silly Euro thinking US rental property owners take care of their rental property without being enforced by lawsuit.

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u/FightingPolish 8d ago

It’s rare but they do exist, but for the most part you’re correct that it seems like most landlords see properties as something to extract infinite profit from while spending little to no money or time to maintain it.

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u/Stupid_Triangles 8d ago

Shits gotten extremely bad over the last 5 years or so. Too many rich assholes with too much money and not enough personal gumption to accomplish anything.

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u/PlumbumDirigible 8d ago

It could easily be a situation where they're on an upper floor when a pipe bursts and floods the units beneath them while their away on vacation. And it makes obvious sense that whoever owns a building has keys to the entire building

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u/usaisfucked 7d ago

The implication is that they will break open the door. Which they can if a water leak in your apt is destroying other parts of the building.

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u/mrloko120 7d ago

If it's an apartment the maintenance crew has a master key to every unit for exactly that kind of situation. No management company in the world will leave a leaky pipe for weeks or even days unattended, the water would cause damages to the units around it.

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u/RocketCat921 8d ago

Let me say this, this was like almost 20 years ago!

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u/Magic_Man_Boobs 8d ago

Your landlord doesn't have a master key?

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u/VelaryonShipwreck 8d ago edited 8d ago

In most of Western-Europe renting is a lot like owning.

The place is unfurnished, you bring your own flooring, wallpaper/paint, appliances and furniture and someone’s residence is sacred (if not outright protected by law in multiple ways).

You’re also allowed to rekey, if the landlord not outright has it rekeyed and hands you all the keys to begin with.

Part of this is the right to privacy and quiet enjoyment, so the landlord (or maintenance workers) entering uninvited is considered trespassing in all but the most exceptional of circumstances.

Even if they want to do maintenance they’d have to coordinate with you to make an appointment that suits you and while you’re present, going in without the tenant present is a big no-no.

In the US, if you’re lucky because of some local ordinance, you get a notice 48 hours beforehand at most, often with a time window that encompasses the entire day and if it doesn’t suit you, you’re shit out of luck.

The landlord overseas typically doesn’t have a master key, fun side effect of this is that, if you shut yourself out, as is not uncommon with people that aren’t used to the typical latch bolt European front doors have and who pull the door behind them, then the only option is to get a locksmith.

And yes, this means that if there’s some kind of emergency, the landlord would have to call a locksmith.

That said, it’s not uncommon for the landlord to be a big organization and to have one on the payroll and in the 30 odd years of living in a Euro rental I’ve never experienced such a situation, nor have any of the other people who I know that are renting.

In fact, I’d go as far as to say that catastrophic events in general seem to be quite rare to the point that I lack any anecdotal stories of myself or that of others.

Compare that to my experience renting in the US and my current place in a “luxury high rise” had the move-in date postponed by a month because of flooding only to discover 2 months in that it wasn’t properly fixed, causing another flooding.

Similarly, raking in premium rent without any concession during all this and during the month long outage of elevators while waiting for parts as a result of a separate flooding, would be completely unheard of in my home country, here it’s pretty normal due to lack of tenant protections.

TL;DR: privacy > ease of access

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u/ImrooVRdev 8d ago

You change locks when you move in. You rent the place, they have no right to enter it without your explicit permission.

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u/Ok-Champ-5854 7d ago

Which is why it's illegal in the States for them to enter with the key without permission through proper notification by law and signed in contract...

It's a fail safe.

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u/Nop277 8d ago

In Washington state it's 48 hours notice in order to enter property for repairs, inspection, or anything reasonable. In that 48 hours you can respond saying it's not going to work for you but you have to give a reasonable alternative I believe for them to come in later.

I'm not really sure what the limitations on this are, like how many times you can do it or whatever in a short time period. I work in low income housing so that's how I know about it.

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u/Aggressive_Walk857 8d ago

This. Its at least 24 hours.

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u/zeropointcorp 8d ago

Depends on where you live, and funnily enough not everyone on the Internet is in the US.

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u/RocketCat921 8d ago

It was in the lease, it was a monthly thing. I think it was because it was income based (or you can only make so much to rent there) and it was also so they could inspect a little. You know, to make sure you weren't completely trashing the place. It was a really decent place though.

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u/Basgerin 8d ago

My girlfriend is renting a 2,000 a month apartment and maintenance can enter to fix shit whenever (it doesn't happen often).

I think it's just to keep the apartments running and in good condition lmao.

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u/vaginawithsunglasses 8d ago

I rented a condo and after a hurricane came through the HOA put industrial fans everywhere to dry drying out any moisture in the walls. And then they started coming in daily to make sure they were on, and turn them back on if any were off.

It was weird as shit having the HOA Karens randomly letting themselves into my place every day.

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u/LightningRodofH8 8d ago

I had a friend that setup a camera to stop her building manager from entering her apartment while she was at work.

She had stayed home for vacation one day and the guy started unlocking her door. (Or something like that, it was 15 years ago) So she picked up a camera that emailed pictures that week.

While she was at work, the guy opens her door slowly, creeps in, sees the camera, and then booked it the fuck out of there.

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u/tittyattack 7d ago

When my son was just a few days old, I was in my room laying down to breastfeed him. I had just given birth and just moved to a new place, so I was exhausted. It was basically a snack and nap.

I knew the maintence man was coming to do some repairs, but I didn't hear him knock. I woke up when I heard him yelling out that he's here while coming up the stairs. My room is right at the top of the stairs and my door is open, so I sat up as he came into view. There I was with a baby starting to cry, my hair a mess, and completely topless. He booked it back downstairs yelling "I'M SO SORRY!" And I had to just call out "it's okay I'll be down in a minute"

I don't even know how long it took me to get up the courage to finally leave my room, but I had to go downstairs and act like everything was normal. That's not something my social anxiety enjoys. Lol

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u/Brolociraptor 7d ago

This is the most relatable post on Reddit

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u/Ramune87 8d ago

What kind of AC needs a home filter changed monthly?

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u/st-julien 8d ago

Not sure why you're getting downvoted. I've never heard of replacing an air filter every month. That would be insanely expensive. That's like changing your car's oil every week! Where I live, we change it every 6 months or so.

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u/schmitzel88 8d ago

He's being downvoted because you should be checking your filter at least monthly, and your comparison to engine oil is pretty inaccurate and demonstrates you also don't have a good understanding of how engines work and what oil does. Furnace filters get dirty fairly quickly. I don't change mine every month but I do go take a look at it at the very least.

Also unsure how you consider a $5 filter to be "insanely expensive" but here we are I guess.

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u/RocketCat921 8d ago

You can't be serious. You should be checking your AC Filter once a month minimum. If you have pets, every 2 weeks. The air flows through there, and if it's clogged up, the HVAC system doesn't work properly. Not only will it not cool efficiently, you can also freeze your unit that way.

Are you only used to portable window units or something?

Edit check it, if it needs changed, change it!

Edit also should add, I'm in Southeast USA, so my AC runs 9 months a year.

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u/ilikepix 8d ago edited 8d ago

If you have pets, every 2 weeks

at the time of me writing this, 14 people have upvoted the above comment - but I absolutely, positively refuse to believe that there are 14 people anywhere on the planet who check their AC filter every two weeks

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u/Excalipurrrrr 8d ago

I have an excel sheet that has all my filter changes on it. I have a column that has the change date then another next to it with the time in month to change. Then a formula to tell me the date it needs changed. But yeah mine is every 2 months. Thing keeps me honest.

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u/FitLaw4 8d ago

Damn dude are you like a rocket scientist or something

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u/HerrBerg 7d ago

No he's just an autistic person that has maintenance as a focus, kinda like Hank Hill.

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u/MontgomeryRook 7d ago

The Tony Stark of air conditioning

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u/Ok_Dirt_1952 7d ago

This guy has a spreadsheet of when to check his spreadsheets.

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u/Anaphase 8d ago

Depends on your a/c system really. Mine only need to be changed every 6 months, but the filters are huge and not like a normal air filter ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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u/starvinchevy 7d ago

Lol I have so many stories like this. I’m surprised my awkwardness hasn’t gotten me killed yet

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u/Pussy_handz 8d ago

A few years ago one of my friends had a roommate that worked at papa johns. We've hung out at my friends house, he's chill, I actually thought he was decent people. Instead of ordering pizza and picking it up at the nearest location (where he worked) I would drive 20 mins out of my way to go to another location just to avoid the possibility of having to interact with him.

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u/[deleted] 8d ago

Damn you could have gotten some free shit.

One of my friends worked at a pizza place for awhile and I would go there specifically because he worked there and would hook me up with extra breadsticks, deserts, drinks, and sometimes free pizzas.

A few times he would just hit me up and be like "Hey if you stop by right now I can hook you up with some free pizzas that some other customer canceled."

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u/RocknSmock 7d ago

I was a pizza delivery guy right after high school. One time I had 2 orders. One cancelled while I was on the road. The one I had to deliver was near my parents house (I still lived there at the time), so I just dropped off the cancelled pizza to them. My dad said "you don't want it?" I said "I'll probably get another one at some point through the night." The next night on my way to work I flipped down my sun visor and something fell out. I picked it up. It was 20 dollars and a note from my dad - "Thanks for the pizza." It's only kind of related to your story, I know. I just wanted to tell it, because it's one of those memories about my parents that makes me smile.

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u/jessbird 7d ago

this is so sweet

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u/Ziphype34454 7d ago

Based dad

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u/Scadbois 7d ago

One of my friends worked at a pizza place next to the bottleshop near my house and sometimes I'd buy booze then go next door and order pizza to be delivered to the party I was going to and he'd get the drivers to drop me off

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u/stinky_pee 8d ago

I get this. A friend of a friend who I’d hung around many times worked at the GameStop closest to my house. He was pretty fun to be around. I would drive to the GameStop across town to avoid him.

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u/Ok-Champ-5854 7d ago

I stopped eating at a Chinese place for quite some time because this dude I went to Boy Scouts with worked there.

He wasn't even Chinese he was Russian, only white guy that worked there. At least the egg rolls weren't good enough I had to talk to him again.

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u/Teufelsgeist 7d ago edited 7d ago

I know this feel. There's a place by a lake near my house I like to go an relax after work sometimes. There's a guy that trains his dog there, one day he started chatting with me, he was really friendly and his dog was awesome. It turns out he trains his dog there every single day at the exact same time, which is when I would go there. So now I can never go there again.

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u/Delicious_Subject_91 7d ago

I'm not sure why, but I detest seeing people I know in public.

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u/Quidamtyra 8d ago

just last week we had an intern being given a tour, and im socially awkward so i hid in the corner behind some cabinets, and my manager just straight up "this is where quid makes all the things, she's probably hiding"

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u/magkruppe 8d ago

did you feel seen though? I hope your manager understands and empathises with you

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u/Quidamtyra 8d ago

i did, he's a fantastic manager and person

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u/PM_ME_PARR0TS 7d ago

Lmaoo

Sounds like a scene from an ensemble comedy show I'd watch for at least 4 seasons

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u/user_name_checks_out 7d ago

Netflix would cancel it after three

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u/uTimu 7d ago

Three?! The best netflix can do is 2 seasons and maybe up the prices some more.

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u/intravenousTHC 7d ago

"they're probably hiding" is the go to at my work when someone is missing momentarily. Unless you're hiding often your boss was just making a joke.

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u/voxov7 8d ago edited 8d ago

Some of the best impressions are the glimpse of a demure soul.

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u/Stevenwave 7d ago

Ya don't see people use "demure" often.

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u/xantxant 7d ago

Now I'm curious. "So and so is hiding," is something people say sort of generically to mean they don't know where you are and it's meaningless. But this also opens the possibility that your boss literally knew you were literally hiding. Do you think that's what it was?

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u/Quidamtyra 7d ago

Oh he knew I was purposefully hiding in the corner. It's not the first time I've done that when tours are being given, I'm an awkward mess.

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u/xantxant 7d ago

I support this

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u/nutterbutter1 7d ago

You’re my people

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u/eye_booger 7d ago

I love that this is also what people say about their cats too.

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u/Free-Atmosphere6714 7d ago

Congrats. You live in an amine.

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u/xplorpacificnw 8d ago

And That’s why so many people wear AirPods these days. “Sure the battery died 3 weeks ago and I can’t find the case to recharge them - but I still wear them so I don’t have to interact with strangers.”

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u/CarneDelGato 8d ago

Are you Larry David?

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u/fpcoffee 8d ago

he’s doing that with a MAGA hat now lol

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u/nastynas1991 8d ago

God forbid he runs into another person in a MAGA hat though, that's even worse than standard fare forced and inescapable conversation

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u/imhere2downvote 7d ago

you carry maga and blue hat and swap em

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u/Ramune87 8d ago

I sit in the office all day with them on. I probably listen to something maybe half of that time. If that.

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u/Suddenly_Something 8d ago

Back in like 2010-2012 my girlfriend in college lived in New York. I very quickly learned how important it was to wear earbuds or headphones. It felt very shitty ignoring so many people but there are so many people who try to get your attention. The one I bit on was a guy who called me pretty boy, handed me a CD then when I tried to walk away he started yelling at me that I didn't pay him. That was my orientation to NYC to literally ignore everyone. I literally dont understand the infatuation with the city when my entire experience has been spent trying to ignore people.

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u/hey_eye_tried 8d ago

This is so fucking true it hurts, my airpods are absolutely essential for ignoring people living downtown. I feel horrible but just leave me the fuck alone I don't have anything for you.

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u/ManicMaenads 7d ago

The same thing happened to my father with the CDs in Time Square! He got surrounded by angry guys claiming he was trying to steal their shit (they forcibly put a disc in his hand) and he ended up passing over $60 to three dudes.

Got the CD home, it was blank.

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u/igetalogiawheni 8d ago

I don’t know how it happened but I got my first pair of wireless headphones probably two years ago and I still have both of them and the charging case.

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u/WigWamWiggy 8d ago

Me, when I'm done with my work poop and have already flushed and panted up, but hide in the stall anyway because I hear someone outside washing their hands

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u/F_Kyo777 8d ago

I hate that so much. Everybody poops, yet coming from a stall after one is always feeling shameful for me, when smb else is there.

Bonus story! Once during my uni days i knew there is 0% that i will wait few more hours until reaching home. Decided to take dump there. What i didnt knew is that my friend took stall right next to me for the very same reason. He knew it was me and for some fucked up reason, he started talking to me, while both of US were taking a shit. For me it was super weird, sińce AM a shy pooper. For him it was natural, sińce during his uni days he was always living with few other students and they were doing that all the time. Crazy, I AM telling you! To make things worse, there was one more guy in 3rd stall, that got out, right before US. Emberassing as hell o.O

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u/Basgerin 8d ago

He was your bro. You're supposed to be comfortable with your bros, or they aren't your bros.

Bro, I bet you never even gave your bro a handy.

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u/sniffingswede 7d ago

CHOO CHOO!

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u/desull 8d ago

Double deucing! Used to work in a factory and this was normal.

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u/WigWamWiggy 8d ago

Some people are just psychos who can uphold their composure even while doing their sacred business. I've witnessed people enter stalls or audibly peeing while still on zoom calls on their ear pods 😨

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u/WornInShoes 8d ago

This reads like a Tim Robinson sketch

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u/wATEVERmAn69 8d ago

YOU GOTTA GIVE!

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u/Ianilla1 8d ago

https://getcalicocutpants.com/

But you gotta act fast now, cause they sell out fast!

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u/Blueberry_Mancakes 8d ago

I was resting! I'm like...the most tired I've ever been in my entire life.

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u/SaticoySteele 8d ago

That's because you're not eating -- He's spending all of his per diem on shirts!

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u/Blueberry_Mancakes 8d ago

SHUT THE FUCK UP DOUG YOU FUCKING SKUNK

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u/floatingspacerocks 8d ago

Bones are their money 🎶 worms are their dollars

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u/kurinevair666 8d ago

Have you seen Bozo Dubbed Over? It's hilarious.

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u/qpwoeor1235 8d ago

I hope i don’t jack off

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u/IdealState 7d ago

OHH FUCK

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u/Rosmucman 8d ago

Bozo did the dub?

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u/nuu_uut 8d ago

Triples makes it best. Triples is safe.

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u/daversa 8d ago

This is the only comedy quote I've ever heard my 70 year old dad use with any regularity. It cracks me up.

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u/Vile_Resident 8d ago

Oh fuck. What the fuck

I'm not even supposed to BE here. Hope I don't jack off.

OH fuck a Clownputer? fuck that. Probably got no games.

I hope nobody goes home and fucks my mom.

What the fuck's that? like a little circle?

OH FUCK I THOUGHT THIS GUY'S SUPPOSED TO BE BALD!

Umm, okay.. this guy's about to jack off

This little fuckin' bike's a piece of shit

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u/Traditional_Top5346 8d ago

I said I USED to be a piece of shit, I’m not anymore!

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u/daversa 8d ago

I'm worried that the baby thinks people can't change!

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u/EclecticEthic 7d ago

Sometimes if someone I know is in a store i pretend not to see them and go down a different aisle. It has nothing to do with the other person. They could be great and I like them. It has to do with how I am feeling about myself, and if I feel like being seen.

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u/GosuBaller 8d ago

I desperately need a PT two to this

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u/KaptainCaps 8d ago

The only thing that came after this was an extended feeling of awkwardness

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u/Thomas8864 8d ago

Social anxiety to an extreme

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u/peppers_ 8d ago

All he had to do was say "You caught me, I had to poop really bad, so I was taking a dump behind my car out of sight."

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u/sybch 8d ago

Oh god I'd die... And why the fuck is he confronting him about hiding its common courtesy to forget about the whole thing and leave 💀

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u/rainyrooster 8d ago

I'd wanna know what I was doing that made people so uncomfortable that they'd hide from me on sight...

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u/sybch 8d ago

There's a strong possibility it's not about you, it's just people being awkward and not feeling their best.

Some days I can't even stand my roommate's sound or even traces of their existence in the house so I just end up avoiding them all day just because.

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u/rainyrooster 8d ago

For sure, it just ends up being that paradox. Did I do something wrong or are you just looking for space? I get it, but I also don't wanna leave things uncommunicated.

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u/sybch 8d ago

Yeah you got a point in there.

No one likes being left in the dark and no one likes awkward conversations ig...

No one is really at fault here we're just some complicated creatures.

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u/exhausted_commenter 7d ago

And that's not normal. It's okay to not be normal but still.

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u/Cardinal9445 8d ago

I relate to the sound thing so much. I feel like an absolute ass but the mere reminder of my roommate's existence drives me NUTS on particularly crappy days

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u/AntiPiety 8d ago

Common courtesy”?? Sorry I don’t have people literally hide in plain sight from me that often to know the etiquette here

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u/SeattleSonichus 8d ago

Yeah I went back and checked again like maybe I missed something, because I have no clue wtf the context here may be lol

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u/TheRealSpidey 7d ago

Everyone knows when you notice someone trying to hide from you, it's only polite to audibly say, "huh, must've been the wind", and return back to your scripted path.

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u/sybch 7d ago

It would be a problem if that happened often enough for sure, I'd be asking questions too.

But I'm talking about the second hand embarrassment and cringe I'm feeling on both of their behalf, dear god, I'll probably feel weird around this person for a long long time.

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u/LoquatLoquacious 7d ago

There is no universe in which it is rude to ask someone why the fuck they were hiding from you.

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u/killallhumansss 8d ago

I will 100% think i did something wrong and i want to make it right

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u/BigHicky 8d ago

People really have zero social skills lol

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u/RandomName01 7d ago

Bro ikr, I can hardly believe the comments in this thread. I’m not a social god or anything, but 90% of the stuff here is borderline dysfunctional.

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u/KingCriddy 7d ago

Has to scroll so far to see this, such an embarrassing comment section

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u/BigHicky 7d ago

Forreal, like it’s okay to be an introvert, but this shit is just too much.

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u/Another_Human-Being 7d ago

People should really stop saying this is introversion, it isn't. An introvert is someone who's social battery runs out when being around people, they can be shy but can also be really talkative, they just need to have some alone time to recharge.

This here is social anxiety, which can be small but can also be a severe dysfunctional disorder. Which is okay, everyone has problems, but normalising this as "just being an introvert" is keeping people away from realising this is an actual, serious disorder and getting help.

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u/BigHicky 6d ago

Yeah I see what you’re saying. The lines are kinda blurred though when the people that have these disorders call themselves introverts. Haha

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u/Industrialpainter89 7d ago

Yeah I feel like we need to help out awkward bros out and give them some pointers on how to avoid interaction less awkwardly, or how to just let people know they're not in the mood or the chatty type.

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u/creepymccreepersdale 8d ago

I see a lot of you dont interact with enough very annoying people. Theres a very wide spectrum of people out there. Some are very pleasant to speak with. Others are less so but easy because conversation is short and to the point. Some people dont shut the fuck up. Aaaannd then you have people who fall in the category of ... NOT shutting the fuck up, NOT saying pleasant things, AND doing so quite often.

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u/downward_spiral9494 8d ago

I've known a lot of people who just steam roll you and need to shotgun random shit at you and it doesn't matter how busy you look. I remember once at my old job some I was walking in the bathroom and halfway shut the door. Some guy had to ask me a million different questions to make conversation. Everytime the door was about to close he would ask something else and Id have to keep it open because I was trying to be polite but I needed to shit and got irritated and eventually just closed the door. Another time I was in the hospital with a few people, and as we were getting into the elevator some woman that one of them knew ran up and held her arm over the elevator door so it wouldn't close to have a fucking 5 minute long conversation. There are a lot, I mean a LOT of fucking stupid selfish extroverted people who love the sound of their own goddamn voice and tbh I think they need to learn that the world doesn't revolve around them and understand not everyone wants to listen to you have a conversation with yourself at them

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u/Industrialpainter89 7d ago

For people like those, you don't owe them any politeness. They're so self centered they'll do it even more if they don't have feedback that other people have lives to be about too.

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u/Galigen173 8d ago

I used to know this guy who would get about 6 inches from my face when talking to me. He would start a conversation with me and I'd be on the other side of the room by the time it was over 5 minutes later because I would have to continually back up to keep space.

I'd do just about anything to get out of a conversation with him

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u/Galigen173 8d ago

He would stand a couple of inches further away but yes, that's a great representation of it

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u/KaptainCaps 8d ago

Its ok to set boundaries with people you dont like. Hiding from someone in plain sight is strange and funny, i dont recommend this as regular advice

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u/MarketCrache 7d ago

Beethoven used to cross to the other side of the street if he saw someone he knew coming the other way because he couldn't abide small talk. (Before he went deaf).

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u/EH4LIFE 8d ago

"now you're making it weird" whereas hiding behind a car while the other person just waits, confused, is totally normal.

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u/Atlas_sniper121 8d ago

i dont know how extreme people take it, but hiding or waiting for someone to leave before you do whatever is common for people with social anxiety. i dont think id personally crouch down behind a car to avoid talking, but i usually try something to avoid it.

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u/LoquatLoquacious 7d ago

If you do something weird because of your social anxiety then you can't accuse the other person of being weird just because they ask you about it. You're the one who made it weird, not them. I know, because I used to be the guy with social anxiety, lol.

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u/Hour-Tower-5106 7d ago

I remember once, as a full grown adult, I jumped into my ex's closet to hide from someone I actually really liked talking to and getting to know just because she showed up suddenly without warning.

For anyone who doesn't get it, just imagine that we're anxious cats who need to get accustomed to new people before we can feel comfortable around them. It's an automatic response that's just hardwired into some of us.

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u/Doctah_Whoopass 8d ago

making it weird for you

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u/Ericknator 8d ago

I'm more concerned about tbe other person just standing there watching

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u/Galigen173 8d ago

I know right?

If you see someone duck to avoid you move on. If they don't want to talk to you that badly then either A: They are really socially anxious and you should lay off so they don't feel even more anxious or B: They really don't like you

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u/Christron 8d ago

If I see someone I'm familiar with cowering behind a car I'd assume they're hurt and need help.

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u/Galigen173 8d ago edited 8d ago

That's another acceptable thing to do, you don't want to leave them if you think something is wrong. But in that case you'd go up to them to see if they are okay

Standing there looking at them dumbfounded is just strange in my eyes

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u/JohnChimpo7 8d ago

Hiding behind your car is weirder

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u/Advanced-Anything120 8d ago

Crazy that one person in this exchange literally hid behind a car for several minutes and the person who waited for them is the weird one lol

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u/Grzmit 8d ago

i would be incredibly confused if someone literally tried to hide to avoid me, and i’d wonder if i did something or whats wrong.

Dont acr like this behaviour is or should be normal lmao, social anxiety (like all things mental such as depression or insomnia) isnt a quirky trait.

Trust me i have a lot of mental illnesses and i find it hard to do much of anything sometimes, but trying to normalize that as a “good” thing, or pinning the blame on people who either try to help or tell you its not normal, is not a healthy thing to do.

It sucks to hear, but its the sole responsibility of the person with the mental illness to work on improving themselves and work on their issues. In this case of social anxiety, its something that absolutely shouldnt make you start to hide behind a car to avoid someone you obviously have some sort of personal connection to (given that they have eachothers phone numbers in this situation).

Idk thats just my two cents, people have to realize that being incapable of handling conversations with other people without having an anxiety attack is not a good thing. The same way its not a good thing to sleep all day because your depression makes it feel impossible to start the day.

Do i empathize with the people afflicted by these things? Abso-fuckin-lutely! But i encourage anyone who suffers from anything like the things i mentioned to try and help themselves and get better, because no one else can do that for you except you.

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u/Ulysses502 8d ago

That's the most aggro introvert I've ever heard of

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u/I_LOVE_DOWNVOTES69 8d ago

I did a similar thing. Walking to my office through a building at 4am with 24/7 security and I was catching up with another employee. So I stop at a corner and wait for 30 seconds. As soon as I get moving a loud voice comes over the internal speakers asking me to come to the security office immediately. I was too embarrassed to explain, so just showed my ID and said I was reading an email..

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u/HEONTHETOILET 8d ago

Average Reddit Enjoyer

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u/faxpax 8d ago

I have social anxiety but this is just something else

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u/LeftFieldAzure 8d ago

this is why I rotate around like 4 different Dunkin Donuts' in my area.. one of them they all got to know me and wanted to fucking chit chat. I just wanted to have my anonymous food. can't I just have my anonymous fucking food?

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u/TashiaNicole1 8d ago

Every single moment of every single day of my existence.

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u/GargantuanGreenGoats 8d ago

I see you

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u/TashiaNicole1 8d ago

So long as you let me pass without speaking. Lol.

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u/Draegur 7d ago edited 7d ago

I too wish I could play Real Life in only single player mode.

You know, one thing about the otherwise horrifying Black Mirror premise that I actually like is that if you set yourself to DO NOT DISTURB on the global social media system you become an anonymous blob of censorship pixels to everyone and they know they cannot hear you nor can you hear them so clearly interacting will not only be unwelcome but will also be 100% unsuccessful, and attempting to override them is interpreted as a blatant violation of their rights (and the terms of service)

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u/TashiaNicole1 7d ago

That sounds amazing.

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u/Khenghis_Ghan 8d ago

you’re making it weird

You hid behind a car my guy to avoid just saying hi.

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u/Evil_Capt_Kirk 8d ago

LOL a person hides behind their car for several minutes to randomly avoid someone because of paranoia and anxiety, but it's the OTHER person who's "making it weird."

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u/Blueberry_Mancakes 8d ago

Looks like we got ourself a Mexican standoff.

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u/Rodruby 8d ago

I mean if you see someone to hide from you behind car it's better to go away and don't bother it instead of bringing this up in messages

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u/maskedpaki 8d ago edited 8d ago

Someone who doesn't have these problems will just assume that the person was specifically avoiding THEM and then take it personally. When really they just do that to everyone.

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u/Rodruby 8d ago

Especially if someone avoiding you it's better to go away

Why would you want to talk to someone who don't want to talk with you?

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u/Intelligent-Box-3798 8d ago

They’re both weird.

Anxiety or not, freezing in place like a deer until the “threat” magically disappears is weird

Also, being the guy who sees someone deliberately avoiding them and stands there waiting to ask them about the weather and what type of fertilizer they’re using is also weird

Although in this case the tie goes to the one hiding, cause this person is obviously someone you know well enough for them to have your cel number

Unless it was your mother in law, in which case hiding was appropriate and your biggest mistake was you should have got completely under the car

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u/intestinalbungiecord 8d ago

I wish I could give you more than an upvote, thank you lol

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u/Iron_Baron 8d ago

The kind of person that stands around to see if you're hiding from them is exactly the kind of person you hide from.

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u/zarth109x 8d ago

That level of social anxiety definitely needs psychiatric help

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u/ArthurianI 7d ago

"You're making it weird."

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u/-MegaMan401- 8d ago

Now you are making it weird.

Bro you are the weird ass that prefers hiding than chatting 2 seconds.

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