I’m normally pretty easy going. But you know what really gets under my skin? Being accosted at the train station by a chronically cheerful person with a clipboard who wants a few moments of my “valuable time” to talk about (insert needy cause).
They’re always there. Preying on innocent passersby. Sometimes they jump in front of their victims with a big friendly wave and a gushy “hi there!” as if they’re long lost friends.
I’ve gotten to the point of just staring straight ahead and waving them away. When I did this the other day with a friend who was visiting from the country, she was shocked at my “rudeness”. But try putting up with it several times a day, I say. Who’s in the right, Yak, me or my friend?
Dear Brush Off,
Personally I can’t say I’ve ever had this problem myself. In fact, people always seem to give me a wide berth. But that’s probably because they’re wondering what a long-haired Himalayan bovine is doing at a city train station in the first place.
But I do know what you mean. Human spam seems to be everywhere these days. And it can be really annoying. At least with digital spam you can smash at the screen repeatedly with a blunt instrument. Obviously you can’t do that to a person. Mostly because there’d be witnesses.
However, next time a bit of human spam bothers you, have some fun with it instead. Look at it and pretend you’re listening. Then, once it’s hooked, let your mouth hang open and slowly start dribbling. Chances are it’ll wind up its pitch within 10 seconds.
Hope this helps.
With kind regards,