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Fight rudeness with rudeness

The folks who want to talk with me outside the grocery store really get on my nerves, and I've tried strategy after strategy to dodge them, with mixed results (not that I can't just say, "no, thank you," but even that gets old). Today, the elegant solution finally occurred to me: hold my phone to my ear as I pass. Problem solved.

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I sadly admit to having used that tactic quite a few times to avoid interaction of the sort you describe. ... and it works so well.
It's been pretty handy!
Who is so desperate to talk to you outside the grocery store??
You name it: clipboard people with causes, hucksters large and small with something to sell, homeless people. And oddly enough, all I want are groceries.

(Anonymous)

me too!

That is also my tactic of choice.

Those lotion hawkers at the mall are the worst. When I have shopping bags on both arms and a child at each hand it's not advisable, much less polite, to stand directly in my path and demand that I stop and chat about my cuticles. I consider my fake cell phone use a public service. Sometimes I fake text to avoid eye contact.

me too!

That is also my tactic of choice.

Those lotion hawkers at the mall are the worst. When I have shopping bags on both arms and a child at each hand it's not advisable, much less polite, to stand directly in my path and demand that I stop and chat about my cuticles.

(Sorry if this results as a double-comment. I forgot to log in.)

Re: me too!

It's funny to consider how differently they'd treat you with guns in place of the children. No solution, of course, but funny.
You, sir... are a GENIUS!!!!
One word: Drool.
Good job!
Oh that's a good idea!!

(Anonymous)

i usually do the pre-smile when i see them coming and just walk by without saying a word. i assume they think i'm hard of hearing or spacing out.
Nice. Sometimes I'm tempted to match their game: share my causes, try to sell them something, or just be crazier.