Office worker, Simon Williams is today recovering from an encounter with a work colleague, after he mistakenly thought a cursory greeting would be responded to with an equally limited response.
Speaking from his home in Wiltshire, Simon said, “The way it escalated was a nightmare, and totally out of my control.
“I had been working solidly for a couple of hours, when I decided I wanted to stretch my legs and maybe get a cup of overpriced rancid coffee. You know, just to shake it up a bit.
“When I approached the vending machine I saw Lucy there. I don’t really know her, but I did know she was pregnant because I was guilt tripped into contributing to a collection for her.
“As I got closer I innocently nodded and said ‘Hey, how you doing?’, expecting a response like ‘Yeah good, you?’, the sort of thing any normal person would say.
“That was the last thing Lucy was going to do, however. For the next 20 minutes, I was subjected to a list of pregnancy-related ailments, none of which I was even remotely interested in, or understood.
“Even though I pointed my feet away from her, and started edging back, to the point of opening the door, she still continued to talk at me. I was a prisoner, stunned, deprived of my freedom, and weighed down by biological information that confused and distressed me.
“From now on I’m going to take a flask to work with me, I can’t go through something like that again.”