We've all embarrassed ourselves in public at least once.
But in a place of business, that's got a lot of baggage attached to it.
There's a lot going on with the employees, the owners...are you going to put yourself back through the embarrassment?
Here were some of those answers.
A Different Kind Of DealGiphy
While at the till at the convenience store paying for my lunch the girl behind the counter asked if I wanted to go for a drink. Being married I made my apologies hastily pointing to the ring on my fingers, to which she replied, that my lunch was a meal deal and would be cheaper with the drink...
First Date--Last Date
Went on a first date with this girl to a new restaurant in town. She proceeded to get sloppy drunk and made a huge scene. From the classic could not control the volume of her voice to insisting on trying to show me and some other gentleman nearby what kind of underwear she had on while loudly insisting that's she's a "good girl" though. The server we had seemed to get that I was not a willing part of this but I was so mortified there's no way I'd ever go back.
A Combo Platter
Oh god, I finally have a reason to share this story. One of the first jobs I had, I approached my boss in his office to discuss a report. As I was standing near him (he was sitting in his chair reading the file on his desk), I felt a sneeze come on. Knowing that I didn't have time to grab a tissue, I just turned away from him. However, the sneeze held off but the gas in my stomach did not. I crop dusted the poor man. Embarrassed, I whipped my body back around to face him and the centripetal force of my motion must have knocked my sinuses loose. I sneezed upon completing the spin but was in too much shock to cover my face. I gave my boss both an aura of noxious odor and mucus spewed across his face.
At The Fountain
When I was a kid, my family went to a Pizzeria Uno and before the food came I went to inspect the plumbing.
They had those sinks where you press down on the knob and the water would flow, with the knob slowly raising back up before it would turn off after 20 seconds.
I used my fist and hit the top of the knob and the thing just popped off and a huge geyser of water was erupting nonstop. Me and another kid were in there, we looked at each other and just bolted from the bathroom.
I got back to my seat and just sat there silent. Then my mom went to use the bathroom, and when she came back she told us this story of how there was a pool in the bathroom hallway and the manager and an employee were in the men's room slipping and sliding trying to shutoff the water.
My whole family was laughing at the story, but I just sat there silent. They asked me what's wrong and I told them it was me that did it.
They never fail to mention it every time we drive past a Pizzeria Uno, even now 20 years later. I've never stepped foot in one since then.
I'm at a coffee shop, have a glass of coffee in front of me, filled to the top. It is almost over flowing. I raise my hand to get the waitress' attention because I want to order something else. I accidentally wack the heck out of the glass, this sends it flying across the room where it hits the waitress on the thigh and gets coffee everywhere. Felt bad, so I left and never went back.
This Close, Honey
You know how in department stores when they have one of those display bathrooms they have that piece of plexiglass that goes across the toilet that says something along the lines of "Not a real toilet. Don't be an idiot and pee in this"?
Those barriers didn't exist in the 80's when I was a young kid. Mom looked up and saw me with my panties off, holding my dress above my waist and sprinting for the toilet. She did not catch me in time.
Forever On Our Doors
I was with a group of friends in a very quiet store. We were slowly leaving one by one through the double glass doors. One of it was closed and the other stayed opened. I somehow thought the closed door was opened and vice versa, so I walked smack into the middle of the closed glass door. My face was imprinted on it. (I guess my face was very oily.) My friends and the shop keeper came rushing to see if I was ok. Then all marvelled at my squashed face imprint. I left quickly...
Every time I walk past that shop I make sure I am looking down or at the other side in case the staff recognise my face.
I went to buy groceries almost daily, always in the same store. Most of the time only one checkout lane was open and there was always this really friendly older Lady there. She would always make small talk with me and compare me to her son. After a few years of this I moved a bit farther away, but never told her. So I just didn't show up anymore. Now I won't ever go back there because I feel ashamed I didn't tell her and just abandoned her.
Out Of Time
I was in a souvenir shop in London England, with all these knicknacks and whatnot. I bumped a shelf that had a bunch of models of Big Ben, and like 6 or 7 of them fell off the shelf and broke. I offered to pay for them, but the employees blew it off. I guess minimum wage workers don't care enough about their actual company policy, thankfully. I was grateful, and now I will never return to that particular store.
My Biceps And Calves Thank YouGiphy
I got a gym membership for the first time recently. A lot of the machines are pretty self explanatory, but I've never used a lot of them so I have no idea what I'm doing. So a few weeks ago I'm trying out the endless stair machine and in front of me is a guy on a machine working his arms, like making circular pedaling motions. I thought, huh, I could do my arms too. So I take the machine next to his, set the timer for 10 minutes, just circling away. I finish my 10 minutes and look down by the seat to see handles.
It was a leg machine. I sat there for 10 minutes in front of the entire gym, god and everybody circling my arms like a lunatic.
I mean, I'm still going back because I paid for it, but I'm not going to look anyone in the eye there ever again.