Are you a dental hygienist, hair dresser, manicurist, waiter or one of those people? Do you talk to your clients?
Slacker isn’t a rude guy. Aside from the reference to “these people”! Slacker and Steve are super talkative all the time, but not rude. So at certain times in his life, like when he used to go get his hair done or “hair did”, he wants some peace and quiet. When he gets off work, he’s talking. At home, he knows he’s walking into an environment of screaming kiddo’s and talking to the wife because she hasn’t had an adult conversation all day. He can only request that he be left alone by service people. Even going to the extreme of offering people a larger tip if the play the “who can be quite longer” game with him. What are Slackers’ solutions? He goes into a bar by himself. Other ideas include putting a TV on the ceiling at the dentist office or wear headphones when you walk into an establishment.
Is it rude to tell people that are performing a service on you that you don’t want to talk to them?
I talk to everyone. If I don’t like the conversation, I’ll change the topic. One of my defense mechanisms or habits is to just say “right” to anything the person might say. I just figure opportunities present themselves in weird ways. Maybe you’re there just to listen and not talk for a change. I can always practice listening.
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