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Been asked this question today. I actually do say hello to people. I think it’s all To do with the location. I’ve lived in other towns where no one wants to interact

LenoirLenoir
6 months ago
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billygomez123
billygomez1236 months ago

I do, generally to older people though for some reason.

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hspexy
hspexy6 months ago

Yes, but it depends on if eye contact is made or not. If our eyes accidentally meet, and then a smile follows, the word ‘hello’ might pop out, or recently I’ve been saying ‘have a good day’ to people, though usually that happens most of all when I end up petting other people’s dogs. In heavily congested areas, like the city, I’m on autopilot and probably wouldn’t say anything to anyone, as all I want to do is get away from the crowds

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Lynibis
Lynibis6 months ago

Yes, I often do if they seem friendly and make eye contact. In my town it is not very friendly but when I stay with my sister in a countryfied area of Wiltshire, everyone greets you.

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RegularComper90
RegularComper906 months ago

I love Wiltshire. Lots of beautiful towns and countryside.

I don't at all like cities.

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chelseaturpin
chelseaturpin6 months ago

Yes i would say hello or good morning to anyone

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Pjran
Pjran6 months ago

No I’m afraid to admit I wouldn’t say hello to a stranger. surely you don’t go round the supermarket saying hello to everyone.

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RegularComper90
RegularComper906 months ago

Same here. Once you say hello to one you then feel as if you have to say hello to every single person you come across. However, if someone was to say hello to me I would smile at them and happily say hello back.

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gaelle0501
gaelle05016 months ago

RegularComper90 same. Where i live, if i went around saying hello they'll probably think I'm dodgy

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jigsawx3x
jigsawx3x6 months ago

Yeh I also give a smile as that person may be feeling low that day and it could just stop them doing something bad

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jigsawx3x
jigsawx3x6 months ago

Think it's what ur brought up to do

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SuzJ
SuzJ6 months ago

Nope. I say thank-you though if someone steps to one side for me with the pram; that's just basic manners. I'll return hellos and good mornings too; just don't volunteer them!

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KirstyWhit29673
KirstyWhit296736 months ago

In the street probably not however stood at the bus stop or in a cafe queue or something like that then I would and have done. I'm usually open to chatting to strangers

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LenoirLenoir
LenoirLenoir
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6 months ago

Some interesting replies. I think because I walk with the buggy and previously had a dog I have the opportunity to go on walks around the area. I don’t think I’d be as chatty in the town centre as there would be too many people to greet. I generally think if you happen to catch peoples eye then it’s Polite to smile or say hello. I wouldn’t have the energy to say hi to everyone lol

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Mummy18
Mummy186 months ago

I tend to when on holiday 😂

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana6 months ago

I tend to for older people especially elderly women because I'm quite tall and can get some worried looks so try to put them at ease if we are the only two people in the vicinity but don't when there are more people about. I guess I do it when people look a bit nervous or they are making eye contact.

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ACR
ACR6 months ago

Not in the street, but it's fairly common to say hello, good morning, etc to strangers if you go hiking 🚶

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Glitterandgold
Glitterandgold6 months ago

Depends where I am. Where I visit in the highlands everyone says good morning etc, it's not uncommon to stop for a chat. Generally not where I live but I often chat to strangers on the bus, mainly older generation

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JaneWest
JaneWest6 months ago

I walk the dog in the morning and do say good morning to a lot of people a lot don't say it back though, but that's fine

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eyeballkerry
eyeballkerry6 months ago

I do it all the time, but my family think I’m weird anyway.

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LenoirLenoir
LenoirLenoir
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6 months ago

Haha. maybe they’re weird? 🤷‍♀️

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eyeballkerry
eyeballkerry6 months ago

LenoirLenoir No, it’s definitely me but in a nice way. I talk to anyone who will listen.

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Billie
Billie6 months ago

I do alot when I'm on my own but not so much when I'm pushing my friend in her wheelchair. I generally get asked if I want help getting on and off buses from strangers when I'm with her because I'm only small and look alot younger than I am

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Auntielettie
Auntielettie6 months ago

I dog Sat for a friend whilst she went on holiday, saying good morning to people was easy and welcomed, a dog is a good ice breaker. Doing the same dogless in the same village gets a different response. Maybe a dog owner doesn't look dodgy!

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LenoirLenoir
LenoirLenoir
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6 months ago

I had a dog and I think that’s why I know so many people in my area. And exactly why I now say hello to people in the street.

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