Do you say "hi" to people even if they are strangers?

@reaperz (1266)
United States
April 16, 2007 2:34pm CST
I do not. I find it rather creepy that a complete strange would just come up to me and say "hi." Though sometimes, it means that they are being nice or polite. Yes, i do like it sometimes....Do you say "hi" to people even if they are strangers? Why?
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6 responses
16 Apr 07
If I'm 'doing business' with someone - anyone from a bus driver to a business contact - I always say Good Morning, Good Afternoon or Good Evening depending upon teh time of day. I don't usually say 'Hi' as I find that a bit informal and reserve it for friends or family.
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• India
16 Apr 07
Yes i do ....becuase saying high is the only word u can say to begin ur conversation ....u should have a good and charming smile ..to make him/her comfortable
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@martinha (631)
• Portugal
16 Apr 07
I do, it doesn't cost me to be polite, even if it is a stranger. If someone is being polite with me and says 'hi' the least I can do is to do the same. It's not because it's a stanger that I'm not going to talk to him/her.
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• United States
16 Apr 07
Well, I tend to, because I work in a service industry. I always have to greet people and smile and stuff, so when I go home it just sort of sticks. One time, this elderly gentleman came up to me and told me that a smile from me was more medicinal than any medication he could ever take :)
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I am too shy or backward to go up to someone and say hi to them. It is not safe anymore at all. I have a hard time saying something to someone I don't know. I have a hard time finding words to say to others that I do know also sometimes because I am afraid they do not want to hear what I am talking about. I will say hi to someone if they say it to me, like at a cashout register. Most cashiers will say hi. I will say hello back to them out of respect. I just don't want people to look at me weird when I say hi to them and it would hurt my feelings if they do not say it back to me.
• United States
16 Apr 07
When I am at work, I usually say hi to everyone because people will complain if we don't. Otherwise, I'm with you. I feel creeped out when a complete stranger, especially a man, comes up to me to say hi. I often get severely criticized because I don't say hi back or I don't respond to them as cheerfully as they do to me. The thing is, I seem to attract weird people who want to hurt me. I remember one guy tried to rape me when I was walking down a public street. He started by coming up and saying "hi" and being friendly.