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thenoirguy
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Another strategy, wait until there’s someone else, walk behind them, then use them as a decoy while you jettison to safety!

Also another strategy, pretend you’re talking on the phone! “Yes yes I’m a busy phone person talking on the phone don’t you agree person on the other end I’m talking to? DON’T IGNORE ME!”

Rembrand
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Oh right, I’ve done that before as well. The decoy strategy works very well if you time it right. Haven’t tried the phone thing yet. Thanks for the suggestion!

Tim
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I usually have the most awkward social interactions ever, and I usually make it worse by not slowing down at all. Sometimes it’s a really lame “I’ve got a thing… that… I need to get to” or a full on conversation train-wreck as I try to apologetically answer their lead-in question after I’ve already passed by them.

One time a lady at a desk waved at me, and I mistook her for someone I knew and waved back with a smile. And then I cowardly walked on by when I realised my mistake. She must’ve been really confused by that.

Brecht
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my trick is to look angry and start talking Russian… they get very scared and stop asking questions

try it, 100% result garantueed!

Just say: “Ja ne panemaju, ja iz Rassii” i.e. “I don’t understand you, i’m Russian”.

Please note however, this trick is not to be used in Russia or other Ex-USSR states