There’s a great comedian named Brian Regan who several years back had a routine that I still think about constantly.

The gist of it was that he could never say the correct thing when interacting with a stranger. An airport teller tells him to enjoy his flight? “You too.” Comes the response. Of course, she’s not getting on a plane, but yanno…later, if she ever does, I guess.

In another incident he describes getting caught on the horns of “take care” and “good luck,” spitting out an awkward “take luck!” instead, which sends him spiraling into a pit of self-doubt from which he never recovers.

It’s honestly incredibly relatable, as these tweets will confirm.

10. The hamster dance

Lord grant me the free time of people who run social media pages for their pets.

9. It’s in the bag

And it’s a very very long list of regrets.

8. No interaction, please

Ok come on, how are you supposed to be prepared for that?

7. The pacsun man

Or maybe it was a bluff and this was his backup plan in case you said no.

6. The big delay

Hold up – you’re looking for dating prospects in the area you’re about to *fly away from?*

5. Check, please

How do so many of these end like this…

4. The sporting life

If she had said yes, you’d be legally obligated to make it happen.

3. Face the facts

But you’ve given everyone who was working there that day a story to tell for the rest of their lives.

2. Catch phrase


1. The Tesco incident

Again, I suspect these may be backup plans.

Well, guess that’s all for now. Take luck!

What’s the most awkward encounter you’ve had recently?

Tell us in the comments.