This is the absolute worst way to get my attention! I went and had a couple drinks with some ex-collegues this evening. As I was using the urinal a guy entered and took the urinal next to me. As is my policy, I stared straight ahead, at an imperfection in the tile on the wall.
The guy says, "I heard you talking about Internet stuff. I have a business that sells [XYZ] to Web-based businesses".
Now, this did freak me out a bit. I mean, it’s not the first time someone decided to have a conversation with me at a urinal. Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson’s old sidekick once started a conversation with me at the urinals at SFO. The fact that he was a good 18 inches taller than me didn’t make the conversation any more comfortable. But urinal conversations are just wrong – more wrong than talking in elevators.
I finished my business, and had just washed my hands. This guys steps away from the urinal and pulls a business card out of his shirt pocket and tries to hand it to me.
I was rude to him, and I apologize now. But I had just washed my hands, and he had not.
Please, no urinal pitches.