Do you ever get caught eavesdropping on someone else's conversation?
No, just me?! Cool...Anyway, the other day I was waiting in line for food... let's be honest I was at Chipotle, no need to hide my love ...and the server was super friendly, which I always appreciate. He asked each person how their evening was going while he was waiting on them, which I always find to be kind.
Here are some acceptable responses when asked a simple question when someone is trying to be cordial:
Δ Thanks for asking, I am doing well
Δ Doing great, super hungry
Δ Little tired, ready to grub
Unacceptable answers would be the one that came from the couple behind me.
Chipotle guy: How are you guys tonight?
Girl from the awkward couple: Ugh. Horrible. It's been a bad day...
Chipotle dood: Ohhhh, sorry to hear that....Why?
Noooooooooooo don't ask. Don't you stick that knife in your leg,
Guy from awkward couple starts to explain. Girl proceeds to get mad at him for airing their dirty laundry
when she started it in the first place and says something like, we don't need to talk about it here....BUT we have been arguing allllllllllllllll day. It's not going well.
The worker just stares. says sorry, and proceeds to make their burrito bowl that they are going to share....By the way, who SHARES something at Chipotle?! Whatever, rant for another day.
Here I am so uncomfortable for the poor server, who you know regrets even asking in the first place.
But it got me to thinking. Why are some people so awkward in social situations. Why can't they pick up on appropriate social cues?! Why don't people catch on to simple protocol and edict when it comes to being in public.
This guy isn't your best friend or therapist...he doesn't want to know you have a crap relationship, so stoppppppppp! Just stop. Stop talking. Stop telling perfectly nice strangers your sob story. This is why people are rude half the time. They don't want to regret being nice!
Just be normal people. I beg of you. That's it. That's my rant.