I have social anxiety disorder. As a result, the few times I actually go out into public I try and maintain a body width distance between me and everybody else. I live in Florida, and we don’t have huge crowds like in New York, there’s only about 750k people living in the city, a mil if you count the suburbs and outer parts of other counties.
NO EXCUSE to be any closer to me in public. Unless we’re romantically entangled.
So I brave into the outside world for sustenience and I’m really craving Subway. Thankfully I live in a small suburb so the subway is never got more than two or three other customers in it, and lots of room next to the counter.
I enter, get in the back of the line, there are two people ahead of me, and one of them has like a six sandwich order. No big deal. I have a huge amount of space between me and him. Probably two body widths. Another customer enters the building and approachs where I am at the end of the line. I’m not actually at the counter yet, and he stands right behind me. Close enough that I can feel his breath on the back of my neck.
I’m instantly feeling threatened and ready to bolt when the subway guy asks me what I want. I step forward and I can FEEL this guy following. Hes lock step right behind me, If I swayed back just a bit my back would touch his chest. I worst it’s obvious he has some sort of breathing issue as hes breathing out of his mouth and wont close his lips. The subway guy starts my sandwich and throws it down the line, I take a step to follow it and the dude behind me stands right next to me at the counter. With atleast 5 feet between him and the wall and his arm TOUCHING mine.
I freak out and side step a little to the left, trying to keep space between me and the guy ahead of me, but also giving myself space away from this guy. HE STEPS INTO ME AGAIN. I’m starting to really freak out and feel disgusted. Theres plenty of room everywhere else in the fucking store but hes decided to attach himself to my fucking hip. I take another step, HE HASN’T EVEN ORDERED AND STEPS EVEN CLOSER TO ME.
I stumble through the rest of my order and as the subway guy is wrapping it up the dude leans in really fucking close and goes “THAT LOOKS DELICIOUS!” in total “Male attempt at lust” voice which just made me puke in my mouth. I almost threw the fucking sandwich away. I was so disgusted.