Do you say Hi to people who you haven't seen in years... or...

United States
January 4, 2010 8:51am CST
do you wait for them to say something first? I have been in situations where I thought for sure I really knew someone. They really, really looked like them only to say hi and find out is wasn't them! So now I usually wait for the other person I think I recognize to say hi first! Which do you do? Do you re-introduce yourself, or wait for them to speak or recognize you first?
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@lahari (133)
• India
4 Jan 10
If the person used to be a closed acquaintance of mine then I'll take the first step and say 'hi',but if the relation wasn't much personal nor did I know him much then I'll wait for him to initiate the process. So for me it all depends on the relation we used to have because there are a lot of friends whom we haven't seen lately and there are also a bunch of people whom we just met somewhere and didn't share any bonds.
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• United States
4 Jan 10
That's probably pretty much how I do it too. I just won't speak first unless I am sure that I am sure!! It is so embarrassing to think it is someone you know only to find out it's not!!
@lahari (133)
• India
6 Jan 10
Thanks for the best response!!
@commanderxo (1496)
• Canada
6 Jan 10
I'll say hello first, and if I'm not too sure of their name, or when we met last, I'll simply apologize and ask them. I've never felt ashamed or embarrassed in doing that, and figure it's only polite. As a matter of fact, this happened to me not too long ago. cdrxo
• United States
6 Jan 10
I usually speak, but I've been embarrassed when it wasn't the person I thought it was!
@galileo2008 (1147)
• Philippines
4 Jan 10
Haha! I also had the same situation as yours. It was really shameful, but really funny. I have the tendency to be too friendly to someone even if we're not really that closed to each other, and then I waved at her, only to find out that it was a different person. and I could still remember her face when she looked at me - really confused... haha!
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• United States
4 Jan 10
haha! Yep.. that's the feeling! I hate it when someone comes up too and they are really familiar but you can't remember where you know them from!! I guess it's from knowing too many people, moving too many times and getting old!!
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
4 Jan 10
Hi, macdingolinger. I will just wait until I can clearly see their face. And if they look familiar to me, I will go up and speak to them when I have the opportunity to. I have seen many people that resembled someone else that I know. But it comes to find out that they are not this person that I know at all. That is why I will just have a real good look at the person before speaking to them. And if I accidentally do mistake them for someone else, I will just apologize and walk off feeling embarrassed.
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• United States
4 Jan 10
That's why unless I am very, very sure, I wait for them to initiate conversation!! I don't like that kind of embarrassment!