Common Sense Is Playing Truant Today

| Working | February 6, 2017

(At college, some friends and I decide to go off-campus for lunch. We all have a long break between classes, so we drive to a restaurant a good distance away. There’s four of us, three girls and a guy, and when the guy leaves the table to go to the bathroom, we’re approached by a strange man, who stands blocking the exit of our booth and starts talking to us.)

Man: “Hi, how are y’all doing?”

Us: *looking at each other uncertainly* “Fine…”

Man: “Getting some lunch between classes, I take it?”

Me: “Yeah… Look, what do you want?”

Man: “Nothing, nothing… Just wondering, how old are you? Are you all freshmen?”

Friend: “We’re juniors and seniors. Please leave now.”

Man: “Oh, so you go to [High School]?”

Me: “No. We’re in college. Leave us alone.”

(The man seems to take the hint and returns to his own table where another man is sitting. He starts talking to the other man but keeps looking over at us. Finally, our male friend returns from the bathroom, and we tell him what happened. As we leave, the guy stops at the strange man’s table and leans over him. The rest of us go and wait in the car. When he comes out, we ask him what happened.)

Male Friend: “So, it turns out he’s a truant officer who works at [High School] and he thought you were students there. I suggested to him that maybe the best way to go about confirming that would be to show a badge, not to wait until the one guy in the group is gone and then ask random girls how old they are.”

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