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Because of my shyness I came out of a chip shop with a portion of fish...

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MysticTed Tue 26-Sep-17 20:33:24

Instead of a cone of chips.

Which is what I asked for but was too embarrassed to correct the woman serving me.

So I ended up eating a massive battered cod on its own for lunch.

Can you please share any silly scenarios you've been in because if your lack of assertiveness to make me feel I'm not alone!

Invisimamma Tue 26-Sep-17 20:37:35

Dp and I ordered fish at fish counter in Tesco once, but when the server wrapped it up it came to £15something, way too much for us to spend on one slice of fish! Instead of politely refusing the fish, we walked round the store a couple
Of times and then discretely left it in the fish refrigerator when the guy want looking blush we have never been back!

iismum Tue 26-Sep-17 20:39:00

I went to a yoga class this morning by mistake - I meant to go to Body Attack and got the wrong room. I realised immediately but the instructor had seen me and pointed me in the directions of the mats. I spent a whole hour in the class fuming with myself for not just leaving at the beginning. I hate yoga.

CaoNiMartacus Tue 26-Sep-17 20:43:07

I once allowed myself to be introduced as "Sophie" (not my name) to every member of a huge organisation, because I was too shy to correct someone blush

karalime Tue 26-Sep-17 20:45:44

I once sat through a lecture on electrical engineering because I was too embarrassed to admit my mistake and leave.

Gwencooper81 Tue 26-Sep-17 20:48:14

Oh god Ted, I work in a chip shop and miss hear all the time cod/cone/scraps/wrapped/peas/beans.
If it was me, I apologize! ( Did you enjoy it?!).
I have at least three customers who call me a completely different names, they have done for years and I'm too polite to correct them!

ImTakingTheEssence Tue 26-Sep-17 20:57:57

Stayed on a bus longer than i had to because i didnt want to press the bell and get up in front of some people i vaguely know.
Someone asked my boyfriends name i told them they repeated it back to me wrong and i just said yeah thats him.
Been called the wrong name by the woman i work with for the past year.

Hassled Tue 26-Sep-17 21:05:33

I'm in a relatively new job and have a name that's a bit challenging to pronounce (but not ridiculously so). I have had so many insane variations - people are throwing in whole extra syllables just for the hell of it - and I'm way too pathetic to just say "actually, my name is X". I just smile and nod and seethe.

itsgoodtobehome Tue 26-Sep-17 21:10:20

I once bought a bag of cherries in M&S. The checkout girl weighed them and then said 'these are £18, is that ok?' I was too embarrassed to say '£18 for a bag of cherries, forget it' so I nodded and said 'yes that's fine' and paid £18 for a bag of fucking cherries!! She had clearly done something wrong on the weighing machine. I often think of that and how ridiculous I was!!

BigSunglasses00 Tue 26-Sep-17 21:10:35

I've bought clothes that I didn't actually want because I couldn't stand up to the super-pushy sales assistants (and cried afterwards because it was a huge waste of money but the shop assistant made me feel like an idiot for being reluctant to follow her advice).

I've read entire books that I didn't really want to just because people have recommended them or offered copies to me.

I've walked out of cafes with chilled rather than hot coffee because of one error or another. I hate chilled coffee.

The other day I ordered coffee and the staff immediately forgot that they'd taken an order. Instead of reminding them (like a normal person probably would), I sat there for five minutes watching the baristas have a laugh with each other, waiting for them to remember that I was there. Eventually I loudly put my keys down on the counter and stared at them hoping that would dry their attention.

That looks bad written down. I should probably work on my assertiveness blush

SnipSnipMrBurgess Tue 26-Sep-17 21:11:20

I really want some chips now.

Smeaton Tue 26-Sep-17 21:14:29

Because of my shyness I spent £45 on a video game I didn't want just because the attractive young woman behind the counter misheard what I asked for... I haven't even got an XBOX One for fuck sake... I took it back next day, luckily she wasn't there... blush it'd be okay if I was a youngun.. I was 35 😭😭

LastNightMyWifeHooveredMyHead Tue 26-Sep-17 21:14:51

I once bought a pair of trousers that looked terrible, because the assistant had spent ages helping me and I was too shy to admit I really didn't want them after all. Even worse, this was overseas, where, unlike the UK, you couldn't later return for a refund blush

notaflyingmonkey Tue 26-Sep-17 21:17:09

The security guard where I used to work mispronounced my name. I spent the first few months gently trying to correct him, then gave up as he clearly couldn't get it, and I felt I was embarressing him. Years later I tried to avoid coming in the door with anyone else I knew otherwise they would do a double take to work out who he was talking to, then take the piss out of my inability to sort it out seven years before...

Civilsoot Tue 26-Sep-17 21:17:24

I had a crown fitted at the dentist. The bite didn't feel right so he fiddled about with it, by the 4th fiddling I was getting self-conscious so said it felt fine when it didn't. I'm also far too embarrassed to go back and get him to refit it so I'll just suffer and hope my mouth gets used to it eventually.

QuackDuckQuack Tue 26-Sep-17 21:20:54

I spent £16 on a chicken at our local (bizarrely expensive) butchers. By the time he'd picked it up and weighed it, I couldn't face saying "£16 for a chicken?" So I paid and have never been back.

5rivers7hills Tue 26-Sep-17 21:23:28

@itsgoodtobehome I don't know... cherries are fucking crazy expensive! A small box in waitrose is like £8 even in the summer so I can easily see how a bag woudl be 16.

gaggiagirl Tue 26-Sep-17 21:25:25

I let colleagues call me Michelle for about 4 years because I was too embarrassed to correct them. My name isn't Michelle.

Stayed on the bus because I was too shy to ring the bell to get off.

I have also bought a bag of cherries for ££££££because I was too embarrassed to correct the store assistant.

becotide Tue 26-Sep-17 21:30:34

I can see a bag of cherries coming to £18 in M&S

Their strawberries are £4.50 a punnet in high strawberry season, cherries are much dearer and the punnets are small - a bag holds more than you think

Walnutwhiplash Tue 26-Sep-17 21:34:25

I once accidentally ordered 20 loaves while supermarket shopping online and instead of saying something when they arrived just nodded and cheerily took possession of my bread mountain.

Serafinaaa Tue 26-Sep-17 21:37:34

When I was a teenager on holiday in a French campsite I once bought a ping pong ball thinking it was a gobstopper. I asked for one from the jar but didn't know the French to say 'put it back it's not what I thought' 😂

TealStar Tue 26-Sep-17 21:39:11

My friend (honest - I'm the most assertive person I know grin) once told me that she shat herself while on the phone to a cold caller because she was too scared to hang up the phone!

AfunaMbatata Tue 26-Sep-17 21:41:09

I recently paid for 64 cheese straws from a bakery, I only wanted 20 but didn't realise how maby theythought I'd asked for untill I saw them putting them fresh into the ovens . Cost over £20!

Whatsforu Tue 26-Sep-17 21:42:46

Walnut gringringrin

hidinginthenightgarden Tue 26-Sep-17 21:42:52

I have been to buy foundation, then been told "this is the brush for it". Bought both and was shocked at the total price so checked my receipt and the brush cost more than the foundation did! I took it back the next day.

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