Most of you have probably experienced this type of person already: those that refuse to pass you on a footpath or alleyway and end up jumping into the road or behind a bush to avoid crossing too close. How are you all dealing with the pleasantries?
I first witnessed it walking down my local high street when a man, I'd say in his 60s, sensed the presence of somebody else closing behind him. As he turned and saw that second person he literally leapt off the footpath into the road, like he'd been electrocuted. Such was the fear instilled in him of 'getting too close'.
My own experience involves a lady who had evidently waited behind a bush as my eldest, about 100 yards ahead of me, cycled along the footpath towards a crossing. The first I knew of her was when her head protruded from behind the bush, saw me in the distance, and proceeded to go back into hiding. I gave her no more thought until I reached the crossing when behind me came the most sarcastic "thank you", with her storming down the path, head shaking and hands gesturing. It was then I realised that in her world I'd put her out by 'forcing' her to wait and not even thanked her for it.
The funniest part of the whole episode was that she ended up passing within a metre of me as she set off down the footpath. The road was lightly trafficked and I'd have gladly stepped onto the road had she been coming towards me. I know she was probably just 'trying to do the right thing' but I'm getting so hacked off with all the moronic behaviour out there that saying 'thank you' seems to be validating their behaviour and I'm not in the mood for it!
Anybody else feeling the same?!