Flash back to two years ago, I was just around 18 second semester in college and working at one of my favorite places ever Shaw's, yes the supermarket. I was a lowly produce clerk, you know stocking up lettuce strategically arranging the bananas, chopping watermelons into tiny little bits with a giant knife, normal stuff. Anyway I was there one night stocking le bananas when a guy I would place around 22-23ish starts talking to me.
|How I used to deal with talkative people.|
At first he asks about normal stuff i.e. where is *insert benign produce item here* or how is the produce business doing? But then he doesn't stop talking, I'm inching back with my cart of healthy eats trying desperately to get back to the BOH where this conversation can finally cease. I'm no more than five feet away from freedom when he reveals the reason this awkward conversation has lasted a full 20 minutes, to ask me out.
Now don't get me wrong I was flattered up until that point I had been propositioned by a grand total of two people, my current boyfriend among them. So I let the guy down gently telling him that I was involved but was flattered and said a hasty adieu. I being a reasonable person thought that would be the end of the incident. No such luck.
|The creeper factor was somewhat akin to this.|
Over the next year that I was working at that lovely grocery store, he kept popping up, and starting way longer than appropriate conversations, which could only be stopped by me walking away or someone else looking vaguely like they needed help,and even then sometimes he would just wait around to talk again. It got so bad that I started ducking behind things or just finding something productive to do in the BOH when I saw him coming. Eventually I had a friend in a different department page me away when he saw him talking to me for more than five minutes. Now I'm not saying he wasn't a nice or good guy (hell I really don't know him) but he was a bit much for me, and I thought that when I switched jobs that would be the end of this happy little situation. Oh how wrong I was....