25 Awkward Situations We Wish We Knew How To Avoid

When You See Somebody You Know...

When You See Somebody You Know...

...only you spot them some distance off and make sure to not make eye-contact until you get up close. You then have to pretend that you only just saw them, which it must be said, is unnecessarily awkward.

When You Have To Buy A Plunger

When You Have To Buy A Plunger

I mean, toilets are infallible, sometimes they break. But when you have to go in to the store and go through the register with only a plunger, you're wondering what the person operating the register is thinking. They're probably thinking about you doing a turd so big that you needed to come out and buy equipment to help you and the plumbing dispose of the monstrosity.

That's exactly what they're thinking about....

Awkward Silence

Awkward Silence

That word "awkward" goes pretty well with that other word "silence" but why does it necessarily have to be awkward? Isn't it possible to be silent without it being awkward? Life's all about making choices. Choose not to be awkward, or whatever....

Accepting A Compliment

Accepting A Compliment

We don't have a psychologist degree and we certainly don't have the time to put you on the couch and figure out why you don't think you're worthy of a compliment. So instead we're just going to tell you to say "thank you" and get on with your life.

When People Are Singing You The Birthday Song

When People Are Singing You The Birthday Song

Personally, I have no idea where to look or what to do when this is happening but if it puts things in perspective for you, just be thankful that they aren't singing you the birthday song while in their birthday suits. Unless your grandma is really sexy, of course.

Elevator Etiquette

Elevator Etiquette

The whole elevator thing can be totally awkward fro no apparent reason. I mean, so many of us use one on a daily basis and yet, we aren't sure what we're supposed to do sometimes. You're not really supposed to talk and yet, everybody seems to have to face the same way. Why can't I stand in the corner and face outwards without somebody wondering if I'm hiding a bomb or taking a piss? Just me on that one then?

When You're Introduced To Your Friend's Friend...

When You're Introduced To Your Friend's Friend...

...but then your friend has to leave the room. Why is that so awkward? It's not if you've been drinking, but if you're sober, it's a nightmare. It shouldn't be but it is and it always will be.

Having A Conversation With A Taxi Or Uber Driver

Having A Conversation With A Taxi Or Uber Driver

Once you've mentioned the weather, the only real way to fix this is to be drunk.

A Rumbling Gut In The Library

A Rumbling Gut In The Library

Yeah, like you've ever set foot inside a library!!!

When You're Telling The Story Of How You Met...

When You're Telling The Story Of How You Met...

...but you met online. I guess it's not so bad to tell people you met on Tinder or Badoo or whatever, these days. But it's hardly a romantic story. Come to think of it, why is there such  stigma to online dating when so many people do it? Oh yeah, that's because the internet is full of creeps. Sorry, I forgot!

Please Repeat

Please Repeat

Asking somebody to repeat themselves can be especially awkward when we feel like it really shouldn't be. Perhaps you've already asked them once but you have to ask again because they have a speech impediment... or maybe you just didn't care enough the first time or two but then you caught a snippet that piqued your interest. Now you've gotta ask.

Leaving A Yard Sale With Empty Hands

Leaving A Yard Sale With Empty Hands

They weren't selling anything you wanted (to be fair, you just dropped in for a quick look) and so you went to leave when you realize that you're the only person there. Life rarely gets more awkward than that.

Public Toilets

Public Toilets

It's really all about the sounds and smells. Awkies!!

Going To The Movies By Yourself

Going To The Movies By Yourself

This is only awkward if you let it be. I don't.

Telling Someone There's Food In Their Teeth

Telling Someone There's Food In Their Teeth

You could leave it but when they discover for themselves it will compound the embarrassment immeasurably. You have to tell them now!

 

Telling The Cashier You Don't Want To Donate To Charity

Telling The Cashier You Don't Want To Donate To Charity

It really doesn't need to be that awkward. It's their job to ask you and they've been rejected a thousand times already that day. And yet, you still feel bad saying "no". You want to explain that you aren't against donating cash towards those in need, it's just that you'd rather not do it when you only popped out to buy eggs and toilet paper.

Talking Salaries With Colleagues

Talking Salaries With Colleagues

What if I earn more than her and she gets weird about it? Actually, I know I earn more than her and she will definitely get weird about it!

Asking For Your Money Back

Asking For Your Money Back

Why is it that matters of money are always just so awkward? Is it because it's the stuff that makes the world go 'round?

When You Wave Too Early

When You Wave Too Early

You really need to be on top of your waving game. Making the move too early can have a disastrous effect on what could have just been a friendly encounter. Now it's awkward AF!

Purchasing Any Personal Hygiene Item

Purchasing Any Personal Hygiene Item

Does this include condoms?

When Somebody's Been Calling You The Wrong Name...

When Somebody's Been Calling You The Wrong Name...

...but you let it continue because you didn't want to have to embarrass them. The trouble is that, when you let it go for some time and find that the person is still in your life, they're bound to find out eventually. So you let them call you "Dave" when your name is "Gerald" until they hear your friend call you by your correct name.

Now, that is what you call an awkward situation! And not just because your parents called you "Gerald".

Leaving A Store Without Buying Anything

Leaving A Store Without Buying Anything

Okay, so it's not as awkward as leaving the yard sale empty handed but it's still a bit weird at times. Not so much in the big stores where you're like "Yeah, well you should have better shit fro me to buy!" but the smaller places where they're part of the community. Especially when the only way to leave is past the cash register.

Saying No

Saying No

Unless you're an actual psychopath, you want your fellow man to feel good about themselves. Which is probably why it's never been easy to say "no", nor is it ever likely to be easy in the future.

Making New Friends When You're An Adult

Making New Friends When You're An Adult

Your friend-making days are supposed to be in the past, but when circumstances change and you might want a new friend or two, putting yourself out there once you're set in your ways is quite the awkward experience. I mean, the dating game is enough of a challenge and now you've got to put up with this?!

When You Pass Somebody In The Grocery Store...

When You Pass Somebody In The Grocery Store...

...and you already say "hi" to them and went through the motions of quick small talk when you first saw them three aisles over. What is required from you in this situation? It's often very difficult to tell!