So I'm leaving work on my dinner break this evening, and I held the door for the patron behind me. Mistake!
It is one of our regular patrons who has been coming in for years. I don't think anything of it until he links arms with me.
Um, okay. He's a bit older than me -- like 30 years. I thought maybe he was having trouble walking, lost his balance, something like that. But he doesn't let go of my arm once we get outside.
This is the conversation that follows:
Patron: What is that delicious smell? Is that your perfume?
Me: *looks around, sees no one else in the vicinity* Yes, I guess it is.
Patron: I like it. You smell really good.
Me: Thank you.
Patron: It's different, kind of mysterious.
Patron: Are you married?
*Now, in my head I start worrying a little bit. We are drifting in to territory I do not want to cover with this man. At the same time, I don't want to lie. *
We pause as I, thankfully, was parked on the opposite side of the parking lot.
Patron: Okay, that's good to know. Well, have a nice evening.
Me: You too.
What. The. Hell.
None of the patrons who have asked me out at work are anyone I would consider dating. Let us recount:
-- The dude who learned my schedule, wrote bad love poetry on the internet, was in and out of rehab, and tried to sell his belongings to a coworker.
--Another guy who was older than me, although probably the most normal of the group. He really likes his Sci-Fi movies.
-- A teenager, and after I said no he wanted me to buy him beer.
-- The guy who needed help writing his resume, had a high school diploma, and was living in his car.
Those are the standouts in my memory.