You know the situation. You’re in the grocery store, and you see someone that you know. You both say hi, maybe chat a bit, and then go your separate ways. Then you see each other again three aisles over. Do you say hi again? Do you make a joke? Do you pretend you didn’t see them? These are 25 situations that tend to be way more awkward than necessary.
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Seeing somebody you know from far away and pretending not to see them until they are really close
Then you have pretend you just noticed them.
Buying a plunger
Hey, toilets break sometimes
Why should we always be saying things in order to avoid awkwardness?
Saying thank you shouldn’t be so hard.
Listening when people sing Happy Birthday to you
Do you sing along? Do you clap? Where do you look? Should you just smile?
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Talking in elevators
For some reason, social norms dictate that we behave as though the other people on the elevator aren’t actually there.
When you get introduced to your friend’s friend and then your friend steps out for a bit
Hopefully you’re not both introverts.
Conversations with uber/taxi drivers
Especially when the ride is more than 20 minutes long. Either you make awkward conversation or you stare into your phone. (note: this applies mostly to introverts)
Your belly rumbling in the library
And everyone just keeps reading (or at least these days the just keep clicking)
Explaining how you met your significant other online
It’s getting less awkward, but it’s still pretty awkward.
Asking somebody if they can repeat something
Especially when you’ve already asked twice.
Walking away from a yard sale without having actually bought anything
Especially when you were the only one there
Using public bathrooms
Between the bodily sounds and the gaps in the door (at least in the US), it can feel like you have no privacy.
Seeing movies by yourself
Even though it is an activity that requires little to no interaction
Telling people something embarrassing about themselves
“Hey, you…uh…you have some uh…food in your teeth”
Answering the cashier when they ask you to donate to charity
Even though it makes perfectly logical sense to not donate, especially when you know nothing about the charity, this still comes across as awkward.
Discussing pay with coworkers
Even though hiding salaries doesn’t benefit anybody. Except your boss.
Asking someone for your money back
It might just be better to not ask for it back.
Waving to somebody too early
And then having to slowly walk past them
Buying personal hygiene items
Just remember, everyone uses toilet paper. At least in the west they do.
Correcting somebody who’s been calling you by the wrong name for a while
Sometimes you just accept it
Walking out of stores where you didn’t buy anything
This is even more awkward in many European stores where the only exit is through the cash registers.
Saying no to things
For some reason this never quite gets un-awkward
Making friends when you’re an adult
Dating is already hard enough
Passing someone in a grocery store that you already said hi to
This is possibly one of the most unnecessarily awkward situations in all of recorded human history.
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