Smile? I just don't feel like it.
November 7, 2006 7:38 PM Subscribe
Help me get people to leave me and my pearly whites alone!
posted by sephira to Human Relations (41 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
At my workplace, people are constantly coming up to me and telling me to smile. I don't want to smile. I'm just not that person. It's usually the same ten or so people every day, and it's beginning to grate on my nerves. These guys don't realize that I will smile when I have reason to, not when they want me to. I do not work closely with them or know them well at all, aside from first name/department.
Perhaps they're just being nice; I don't know. I do know that I'm tired of it, and sometimes there are just times when you don't want to smile and no response is going to be a good one. "Smile! It's not like anyone died!" "Uh, actually..."
Anyone have any good comebacks to the "Smile!" command? Extra points if it conveys that they should not say the same thing tomorrow or the day after that. Simply saying "I don't feel like it" opens up a can of worms I just don't want to go into with them, and these people know fake smiles (or I'm bad at them) so that's out. Bonuses for witty verbal bitchslaps of sorts as it will probably make me geniunely smile when I say it.