Agamemnons said, "I would just chill in the bathroom during lunch all throughout like eighth grade." Although this probably qualifies as one of the least-awkward things someone has ever done in the eighth grade.
Jinjinsfreckles said, "We had to replace the air vents in my house so my parents hired a few guys...the men had to go room to room so naturally, I thought I could avoid them by literally camping out in the closet which had no air vent...I grabbed my pillow, 3DS, and a snack, and was ready to brave the long day in there...I think I was in there for about an hour when I suddenly heard footsteps nearby and yep, they were opening the door...So what did my panicked dumba** do to make it even more awkward? I started PUSHING back on the door to shut it and I can just imagine what this poor guy must have been thinking. He finally stopped pushing, knocked politely on a freaking closet door, and asked if there were any air vents in there. I could only squeak out a mortified 'no.'"
But was it as mortifying as watching every single part of R. Kelly's "Trapped In A Closet?" We're guessing not quite.
TellAPhony said, "I used one of those Grocery Delivery services, and texted the driver saying I wasn't home at the moment and to just leave the stuff on the porch. When I heard her drive up I literally stood in my hallway where I couldn't be seen from any windows and listened carefully. I heard her come up to the door, knock, knock again, drop the bags and drive off. She sent a text that she had dropped the stuff off and I should hurry because some of it is perishable. I opened the door and got my groceries. That might be one of the lowest moments in my life."
Tamati_nz said, "Friend's husband pulled a 'Homer disappearing backwards into the hedge gif' move when he was trimming the hedge and people came to visit. Doubly awkward cause they saw him do it and he just stayed in the hedge."
So maybe Homer actually had severe social anxiety this whole time and none of us realized it.
Pizy1 said, "I had this office job for about 6 months where I didn't really like anyone I worked with, so every day for lunch I would go out to my car to pretend I was going out to get lunch, and instead drive to a nearby mall parking garage, park, and eat the lunch I'd packed for myself. I could've saved gas and time by just sitting by myself at one of the tables at work. But then someone might've tried to talk to me."
And yet, no one at work noticed that they put a lunch in the fridge and then was never seen eating it.
Logicbeans said, "My roommates decided to have a random study party, with like 20 people in our apartment that is only 800 sq feet. Because of the unexpected intrusion, I got into the router settings and throttled the internet to dial up era speeds. When my roommates were trying to figure out what was happening, I told them we simply had too many people splitting the bandwidth and in annoyance they all left for the library. Best eight hours of silence ever."
So, it turns out, dial-up speed is good for something after all.
Livelaughloaft said, "If someone is browsing a section of a shelf at a grocery where I need something from, I pretend to look at other stuff until they go away. I swear though today I think I was waiting for someone to leave the canned soup section while they were waiting for me to leave the salsa section diagonally behind them."
When two introverts have a stand-off like this, they can sometimes end up staying in the grocery store for days, weeks, or even years.
Ohaiyogozaimasu said, "I was driving up to the store, saw someone I knew walk in, I didn’t even stop. I just kept driving to another store. I didn’t want to do small talk with them. And I knew it’d be a lot of small talk because something new just happened in their life that they’d bring up and want to talk about."
And if there's someone you know at that new store too, you just have to keep driving to another store, even if you end up in Nova Scotia.