Hiding in the Aisles! Again....

United States
June 1, 2008 1:08pm CST
Have you ever avoided a friend or aquaintance that you see in public so you won't have to stop and talk to them? Yesterday was the second week in a row that I found myself hovering in a supermarket aisle, to avoid people who talk a blue streak when they get a hold of me! Last week it was my daughter's friend's mother. My daughter and I found ourselves right behind her while her head was in the meat case. I pointed at her to my daughter, and we both took off down the farthest aisle. Hey, I was in a hurry, dd had to get to work. Then yesterday, I go to the same place bright and early so I could get home and do a much needed spring cleaning, and there's my daughter's 3rd grade teacher (who I also knew from working with her)in the produce aisle! Produce was all I had left to get! I had to hide for 15 minutes till she got out of there! It still would have cost me way more time, if I had spoken to her. Am I being mean? I felt bad cause I really do like these people, I just didn't have the time for their rambling! Have any of you ever done anything similar?
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15 responses
• Canada
2 Jun 08
Usually when I'm in a hurry a do that. One time a saw a group of friends, but I had to get somewhere quickly, so I just ran by them. Then they started to chase me, so I started running faster, then I just hid in a store. The next day they asked me why I did that and I said I never saw them.
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• United States
4 Jun 08
woh!...you got caught dude!
@megumiart (3781)
• United States
1 Jun 08
I've run into people I'd rather not be with at the store a couple times before, but I don't try to hide from them. xD I'll usually sleekly avoid them or prevent them from noticing me by having my back turned to them or going to another part of the store. If they do notice me, I'll be nice and stop to say "hi/how are you" or something, though.
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• United States
1 Jun 08
Oh, fess up....turning your back is pretty much the same as hiding don't you think?...lol
@jhl930 (3605)
• United States
1 Jun 08
no, i personally don't think that you are doing anything mean because i have done that and i know just about everyone that i know has done that before because there are some people that you just don't always feel like talking to, i mean its only natural...so whenever you don't feel like it you just kind of try and get away from them...its a lot nicer than just saying something like i just don't want to talk to you or something like that...so i don't really think that you did anything wrong...just my opinion!
• United States
1 Jun 08
yeah, I feel rude cutting someones conversation off, and I just can't bring myself to do it, so avoidance is the best policy for me, i guess!
• United States
1 Jun 08
i must admit, ive done that i have a friend who will be all in your business about what you buying what you wearing and who your with, and i god forbid i even dare say im by myself thats it we will be their forever talking, lol i dont like to do it, but i keep my distance from certain people and when my time is limited i am like little speedy gonzalez lol, im on the run.....
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• United States
1 Jun 08
thanks for your response, i'm glad i'm not the only meanie! lol
@kerriannc (4281)
• Jamaica
1 Jun 08
That was not nice. Suppose they did catch you hiding what would you say to them. LOL. Well when I see someone who I know love to chat and they are just yapping away I politely let them know that I have to go. Sometime honesty is the best policy. It may seems rude but it is the best thing for me to do. Sometimes when I am in the talkative mood, then I read the other expression to see if they will be a participant in my discussion. Alot a person just talk with reading expression but I find myself doing that alot so that I am not embrass.
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• United States
1 Jun 08
I wish I could do that, I'm really not good at cutting off conversations or phone calls either-something I need to work on. I guess I'll have to stick to hiding for now, and thank goodness for caller ID! lol
@ambkeb (782)
• United States
1 Jun 08
I tend to do it with more when Im with my husband then I do when Im by myself. He gets bored and starts throwing stuff in the cart when I'm not watching (he's worse then the kids)...You gotta do what you gotta do. LOL
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@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
1 Jun 08
Sometimes ya just dont feel like talking so i understand.I havent done that to a friend. I have to someone I used to go to school with. I wasnt in the best of moods and didnt look all that hot, if ya know what i mean.
@suz1000 (160)
1 Jun 08
I have purposely carried on head turned looking in another direction to avoid people I know but didnt particularly want to stop to talk to. DOnt think there is anything wrong with that, especially if your really busy. I know people who would chat and chat and chat and end up making me late lol!
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
1 Jun 08
I too have done this and I always feel if I am doing this in a store that soon someone will be questioning me as to why I am peeking around the corner or hiding behind the display trying so hard not to be seen. I have caller ID on my land line for this same reason. I look at the display and think oh yeah right, and hit the end button and it shuts the ringer off. There are just days that I don't have time to listen to someone ramble on for 15 minutes about something I don't care about. Do I feel bad that I did this to someone? No because unless they are stalking me they have no idea that I seen them.
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• China
4 Jun 08
I used to do this a lot. Sometimes I did not have enough, and sometimes I did not want to talk.
@sun2day (1063)
• Virgin Islands (U.S.)
2 Jun 08
Hello! I sure dont have no quams about that. I be in a supermarket or some other place, and I would move to another aisle in the store, until that person/persons leave. Not that am mean, but sometimes I tell them am just there to up one or two items to get out, then that cuts the conversation short. If it is my friend, I would walk up to them and say a quick hello, and tell them am only here for a stick of fire. They get my message loud and clear. lol
• United States
2 Jun 08
I do it all the time. There is an old school mate that drives me up the wall. I almost run when I see her. When she has cornered me in the past, it's always the same question, Are you working yet or did you retire? She's been asking the same question for several years, that's one reason why I run. There is also an elderly lady that hovers in the supermarket and tries to start a conversation with everyone she passes. One day she walked over to me to ask if the coat that I was wearing was warm enough. I do some pretty fancy dodging when I see her lurking in the shadows. She even bothers the men that are trying to stock the shelves!!!
@bieke81 (1069)
• Belgium
2 Jun 08
I haven't done it before, but I think that I would do it, if there really isn't another way to avoid a long conversation. I know you can tell them you don't have time, but sometimes people that likes talking, don't seem to get that: "no time". It's not nice to do, but hey, if you're in a hurry, its much nicer to avoid a conversation than to walk out of one.
• Philippines
2 Jun 08
I only do that if there's someone I saw whom I intend to avoid.It's a small world so you may bump to each other whether you like it or not.
• United States
1 Jun 08
Yeah it's probaly not the nicest thing to do,but hey,people have places to go and things to do.