“OMG. Is that her book?”
“Yep,” (reads title plastered across rear car window) “That’s it.”
A few other remarks and off they trot. Two colleagues who are probably going to gossip about me some more. They didn’t see me, then…sitting in the front seat of my own car – the one with the very same “weird” advertisement on the back – just minding my business and reading a book, not bothering anyone. I heard every word they said.
Zoom. Another colleague rushes into the underground car park, on the phone, excitable and irate, mouthing off to someone else for a good twenty minutes about personal things – stuff I don’t want to hear. Unfortunately, he doesn’t see me either and chooses to stand directly behind my vehicle to talk. I’ve already heard too much and I can’t get out of the car now without embarrassing him and myself.
Lessons learned (as if you didn’t already know):
1) Advertise on your car – it draws people like a magnet.
2) gossip is hurtful and harmful. Don’t do it. Someone might be listening to every word, and if it isn’t the subject of your conversation tuning in, what you said will likely get back to them.
3) Do not spend lunchtime in your car, no matter how darn hot it is outside.