I joke of course, but last night I had a somewhat alarming encounter at work.
As some of you know, I work as a barista when I'm not whining about people not giving me freelance work. It's a relatively new job, and I've been in it for about five months now. I get along with most of the people there and I feel quite at home.
I also work as the only male on staff. This is an interesting position to be in, but one I'm comfortable with because I've been the only maleon staff before, and I was raised in a family of women.
Here's the thing though, some of them find me attractive. I've lovingly been given the name of 'spunky' and I've overheard conversation saying that I'm quite alright looking. That's fine, it's just looking, that's not going to harm anyone.
But what happens when that escalates?
Last night I was closing with one of my coworkers when the banter between us somehow turned to what I find attractive in a woman and some of my pick-up lines. She instigated the questions such as 'what do you find attractive?'.
My inner alarm bells started to go off at this point, but they weren't blaring. I answered her questions saying that I'm looking for intelligence etc., but then she started to ask about how I picked up women. So I started to joke around saying things like "Nice shoes, wanna root?" and "I sincerely want to listen to you talk about your problems...really".
Then, I'm not sure if this was out of exasperation about my answers, but she asked "What would you say to me?"
ALERT! ALERT! ALERT!
Again, I kept it on the surface saying things like "Uhh....you're tall" and such things. She kept on pushing the point though, and luckily I was able to divert her attention with something that needed cleaning.
Don't look at me like that.
This could just be me being paranoid though, as the girl in question is 18 and Christian. I'm sure Christians go out on dates and such, but she knows I'm not into religion. I don't hate it, but I don't believe in it.
She's pretty cute though, and this episode has me scanning everything she says for hidden intention.
So, the question I pose to readers is this. How do you work with a workplace infatuation? Do you try to bury it,or do you try and bring things to a head?