What Is Awkward but Really Shouldn’t Be? Here’s What Folks Had to Say.

Why is asking someone who owes you money to fork over the cash awkward?

It shouldn’t be, right?

It should be perfectly acceptable to say, “John, I lent you $200 back in 2010 and I’m here to collect. And since I’m such a nice guy, I’m not even charging you any interest!”

But…it’s just awkward for some reason.

AskReddit users shared what they think is awkward but really shouldn’t be.

1. Cringeworthy.

“Listening to people sing you Happy Birthday…”

2. Back away slowly.

“Leaving someone’s yard sale without buying anything…and you were the only one there.”

3. Get it together!

“Asking my roommate to do basic household chores.

General clean up, dishes, don’t put out a grease fire with water.”

4. Here we go again.

“When you say bye to someone, then inexplicably run into them again a few minutes later.

I find it awkwardest in the grocery store because after you say goodbye you are most likely to meet in every single aisle until the checkout.

Cue awkward smiles every 5 minutes.”

5. Now it’s a race.

“Walking the same speed as someone else.”

6. This is weird.

“When you arrange a meet up with someone and you spot each other from far away.

Then have to walk towards each other not really sure if you should just stare at them or just ignore them until you get within greeting range.”

7. Thank you so much!

“Opening presents in front of someone.

Pretending you are not disappointed when there’s no money in the card.”

8. Let’s just get this over with.

“Trying to park while the person next to you is getting into/out of their vehicle.

Or when you and the car next to you both need to back out…

So you wait for them to start, but they take forever, so you take the right of way at the exact moment they decide to start going.”

9. Right?

“Asking someone for the money they owe you.”

10. Now what do I do?

“Receiving a compliment.

Are you supposed to return the favor, just say thank you and move on, downplay it to appear modest, etc…?”

11. Doh!

“Accidentally touching your friend’s hand while walking together.”

12. Isn’t this your job?

“Calling to make an appointment.

The people on the other end of the phone always seem confused or flustered.

Like they’re being bothered. Maybe I just get bad doctor offices.”

13. What are we doing here?

“That situation where you don’t know whether you should hug a girl or shake her hand.

What the f**k is the protocol here?!”

14. Being judged.

“Meeting your SO’s family for the first time.

As long as you treat your SO well, things should go fine right?

But there they are…watching…judging…”

What situations do you think are awkward but really shouldn’t be?

Tell us what you think in the comments.

Thanks a lot!