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60. Realizing that they were not waving at you

Me: Hello! Hi!

Me: *Waves hand*

Me: *Jumps up and down waving both hands*

You: (You wave back)

Me: *Gives you a weird expression*

You: (Feels awkward)

How many times has that happened to you?! After you realize that they weren’t waving at you, how are you supposed to react?

Easy. Just keep it cool and . . ha! Just kidding. That’s awkward, there’s no one way to deal with it.

1) Pretend it never happened.

2) Give them the stink eye.

3) Pretend like there is someone behind them that YOU are waving at and make them believe that the joke was on them.

You might even want to shout something at the imaginary person some distance behind them. Be like “How’s it going, man?!” Of course, situation number 3 would work out fine if you were in a somewhat crowded area; you don’t want the person to turn around and see nothing but his shadow behind him. At that time, he will assume that you have some issue that requires immediate attention.

Some people try to prevent such an event from happening by doing the whole “Are you talking to me?” expression (the one in which you point at yourself and make a strangely surprised facial expression and make it seem like you’re saying something but instead you let out a mixture of a whisper and a mumble that sounds nothing like “Are you talking to me?”). At that time, the person doing the waving might shake their head and let you know that they are not talking to you, and everything goes back to normal.

I like the “talking to an imaginary person” idea better though.

[Thanks The Girlfriend]

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  1. TBM #

    I hate when this happens. Make them think you are crazy and they will pretend that they don’t see you and then you have the upper hand since they are scared of you.

    July 15, 2011
    • ahaahahahaha!! This comment is hilarious!! That would actually work!

      July 16, 2011
  2. Rule: never wave back! It’s always better to make the waiv(or) feel worse than the waiv(ee). You can always deny that you did not see the waive!

    July 15, 2011
    • Oh, the things we do to avoid awkward moments.. haha

      July 16, 2011
  3. Omg, I’m surprised this hasn’t been posted up before. I can’t say how many times I’ve been embarassed by this. In the past I used to pretend it never happened. I have been always hesitant to wave back, so now I just do as founditonapostednote and leave it be. If it was meant to be for me than I’m hoping for at least another sign of recognition that that wave was in fact for me.

    July 15, 2011
    • Seriously! The idea was just sitting there on the page. . it is extremely common and i still can’t get used to this situation. And I feel ya, I hesitate all the time when I see someone waving at me

      July 16, 2011
  4. This has happened with me so many times that I don’t look even if somebody goes ‘ahoy! wait up!’. Or sometimes even says my name. I think ‘they don’t mean me. There are too many Sarah’s in this world’ 😛

    July 16, 2011
    • Because its a pretty name! Hahah which reminds me of that situation when someone might say “Hey Sarah!” and two people turn around at the same time and say “what?”. awkward..

      July 16, 2011
      • Its happened SOOO many times with me…!!
        Something else happened to me a few days back. I hugged the wrong person. God alone knows how that happened but well in my defense I was really really sleepy. 😛

        July 22, 2011
        • You HUGGED the wrong person? Hahaha I can see that happening, I got hugged once by mistake and it was super awkward..


          July 22, 2011
  5. Dian Wijayanti #

    I really hate this scene! Learning from experience, I usually try to make sure that they really are waving at me, so I usually wait for the second wave, and then I point myself and give the perplexed expression asking, “Who? Me, right?” and then I wave back, but still, it’s awkward. And my reaction might actually make the other person feel awkward as well. In conclusion: I hate this scene.

    July 16, 2011
    • Yeah! Its one of those awkward moments where both parties feel embarrassed.. sucks, but its funny afterwards lol

      July 16, 2011
  6. The Girlfriend #

    Yay, you posted this! Actually, I am a really blur person and don’t tend to recognise other people in public (not even when they’re waving at me!), so I hardly get into situations like these. But when I do, I just run or walk briskly away from the scene hoping that nobody noticed!

    July 17, 2011
  7. A bit improvised version of 3
    Keep waving
    now just wave one arm and clench the fist, bring it down
    now jump and clench the fist and bring it down.
    slip the hand in pocket
    release the hand in pocket
    mumble “phew ”
    By chance if the other dude is looking at you ,he has two things in mind
    or what’s in his pocket.

    Now just stare at him and raise an eyebrow after 10 seconds and give him the ” what are you looking at ,dont you have anything else to do “look .

    Now he will have an awkward moment and just go away silently .

    Doesnt work the second time though .

    July 24, 2011
  8. How about the Awkward moment when your bluff is caught?

    July 28, 2011
  9. I’ve blundered on this situation so many times in the past, I’ve actually learned to look at the direction that’s being waved before giving the impression that I think I’m the center of the world. It’s weird how compelling it is to wave back even if you have no idea who it is that’s waving at you (or rather the person behind you).

    August 26, 2011

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