When our parents warned us about "stranger danger," they were talking about our personal safety. But strangers can be dangerous for many reasons. They might be murderers or predators. Or they might be perfectly nice people who happen to be involved in a painfully awkward or embarrassing moment. We've all experienced a moment like this with or in front of a total stranger. And sure, these moments don't actually put us in danger, but the shame may follow us for the rest of our lives.
Today, I went to the bathroom on my office building's floor, and proceeded to push open a stall door. Turns out, the guy taking a sh*t there had forgotten to lock the door. We both just kind of froze, terrified and shocked, and made eye contact for a split second. I nope'd the f**k out of there and went to the floor below's bathroom. Oh god, why?