Love this sub, the stories are always fun to read, whether it’s a crazy Karen freak out or a wholesome encounter. I’ve only had one post worthy experience in my many years on reddit, finally had another one tonight. As a long time reader of the sub, I always like to imagine what I would do in an idwh situation. My previous encounter/post was one thing I tired, and it worked very nicely. This one was just as effective and a little bit fun, as the title says, it requires a little acting.
This happened about an hour ago, I’d just gotten off work, stopped at the same store my last encounter happened at, a place that rhymes with smalldart.
I wear a dress shirt (any color is ok to wear, I was wearing white tonight), black pants, a belt and dress shoes, so nicely dressed, maybe could be mistaken for a manager. I had a cart and had grabbed a few things in grocery section and was now on the other side of the store looking for a small space heater.
Im near the end of the aisle, facing left, and as I’m looking at all the choices I hear the click of high heel approaching from the other end of the aisle to my right. As she’s gets closer I suddenly hear “Hey you, stop wasting time with whatever you’re doing, I need 2 gallons of paint mixed. I’ve been waiting already, lets go”
All that before I could even acknowledge her presence or turn around. This was my opportunity to try my idea, it requires some acting. So I start by completely ignoring her, as if I didn’t even know she was there. Just kept looking at the heaters. After a couple seconds I hear what I think was “are you fucking kidding me” (she kinda mumbled it, and was wearing a mask but pretty sure that’s what I heard). Then I hear her approaching, and was ready for it. I expected her to grab my arm and spin me around, but she had some manners it seemed.
As she tapped me on the shoulder, I acted like I had just walked through a spiderweb, I jerked around falling my arms and shouted “omg, you scared the hell out of me.” Then in a slightly lower voice, but still quite louder than a normal speaking voice I said “sorry, it wasn’t your fault, I lost my hearing in an accident 4 days ago. Doctors can’t tell me if it will come back or not. Unfortunately, since it just happened, I don’t know sign language yet, and even if we weren’t wearing masks, I never learned to read lips, so really there’s no way you can communicate with me right now. If you need help, I would suggest finding an employee. Have a nice night.”
Then I just turned back to the heaters and finally chose the one I wanted. I didn’t hear another word from her as I walked away.