Saturday, November 7, 2009

Awkward responses

I've either said or heard all of these lately.

Person A: Happy birthday!
Person B: Happy birthday to you too! (it was not my birthday)

Taco Bell drive through worker: Pull around to the next window. Thank you!
Person B: You're welcome.

Waiter: Enjoy your meal!
Patron: You too!

Most likely the "you too" response is the most common awkward response - I've heard it or said it many times to the ticket taker at the movie theater who says, "enjoy your show!" Why can I never remember the obvious response of "thank you"!?


Katherine said...

I plead the 5th.

opticwalrus said...

There's a Brian Regan routine about the "you too" phenomenon that people recite all the time.

Elizabeth Downie said...

Oh my gosh Brian, that is so funny! I just listened to it and was cracking up. I had never heard that bit from him before. He cracks me up. Thanks for passing it on. :)

Anonymous said...

I was scanning the comments left behind and thought I saw Optimus Prime leave a comment and did a double take! Talk about awkward.

Sarah said...

I've been guilty of doing this bit a few times:

Me: "Hi, how are you?"

Them: "Good, how are you?"

Me: "Fine, and you?"

Oopsie. :)

David and Linda said...

In May, a man at church wished me a happy Mother's Day. I started to say , "You, too." But stopped myself half way through. I said, "I guess I don't know how to respond to that" and he just laughed. I'll have to practice saying, "thanks" and just leave it at that.

Kathy said...

One time I was in an examine room waiting to meet a doctor for the first time. When he came in, he said, "You must be Kathy Meadows, I'm Dr. Jones." He reached out to shake my hand, and I said, "Nice to meet you, I'm Kathy Meadows." I still turn red when I think about it.

Bernadette said...

One day when I was in high school, I got stuck in an awkward conversation with this guy (who I was not interested in, but he was interested in me). While we were talking, he dropped his pencil and said, “Whoops.” As he bent down to pick it up, for some reason I had to say, “Oh, that’s ok. Don’t worry.” Boy was I embarrassed. Actually, still am embarrassed.

Mary Burnette said...

At least you didn't name names!