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Man's surprise visit to girlfriend's work causes hilarious workplace panic

Just a few characteristics of the man triggered comedy of errors at his girlfriend's work.

Man's surprise visit to girlfriend's work causes hilarious workplace panic
Representative Cover Image Source: Pexels | Luiz Woellner Fotografia, Reddit | elegantshoshon

Psychologists and personality development coaches often emphasize the importance of facial expressions, body language, and dressing for making a good first impression. But what happens when someone's resting face and regular outfit cause confusion and trouble for others? A man on Reddit, u/elegantshoshon, shared a post about how he unintentionally created chaos at his girlfriend's workplace when he arrived to surprise her.

Representative Image Source:  Pexels |  Los Muertos Crew
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Los Muertos Crew

The man, standing 5’11" tall, wore a pink and black striped polo shirt, a grey pea coat, and matching grey jeans. It was a Friday, and with a day off from work, he decided to surprise his girlfriend at her workplace by taking her out for lunch during her break. His girlfriend worked at a large and popular wholesale store known for its hotdogs. She had assured him that he could visit anytime without causing any issues.

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | RDNE Stock project

When he arrived, the receptionist called the manager, and other employees began to think he was an important official there to fire some of them. “I walked in the front door and walked past the card-checker girl. She did a double-take and asked if I work there. I replied, 'No, I do not. I am here to see an employee, however'." He told her the name and department of his girlfriend. “She sheepishly got her radio and said, 'Management to front entrance; non-emergency'."

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Mikael Blomkvist
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Mikael Blomkvist

A manager walked towards him with a tablet and he explained again why he was there. She then made a call to his girlfriend on the radio. But the girlfriend was nowhere near the radio. Meanwhile, the employees had started to chatter about him, “I apparently kicked the hornet’s nest and I could hear chatter on other employee’s radios,” he described. The employees wondered who he was. Some of them thought he was an auditor and muttered amongst themselves, “Guys, look busy!” The employees were glancing up at him from every corner, making him feel nervous and embarrassed.

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | jep gambardella

At that point, his girlfriend appeared on the scene and heard the commotion happening around. She wrapped up her work and then, they went out to lunch. During lunch, he asked her, "Why there was such a ruckus?” She said that "I dress nicely and I’m very polite which are characteristics of a corporate rep who comes in to fire people.” His girlfriend also told him that his resting face gave the wrong impression to the employees. “I guess I need to smile more,” he wondered.

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Representative Image Source: Pexels | pixabay

People came with their different takes on this situation, most of which were super-hilarious. @homewra commented, “Now I'm curious how to dress as nicely to trigger that behavior on random workers... lol!” Another user wrote, “I'm sure all the other employees are going to ask your GF who you are if they saw you two leave together. She should make up a good story for the next time you show up.”

Image Source: Reddit | u/PlatonicOrb
Image Source: Reddit | u/PlatonicOrb

@royal-scale772 recalled an experience, “That's hilarious. I've had similar experiences for the same reasons of my outfit + resting sour face. Externally I look like an authority figure, internally I'm as stern as a golden retriever.” @rickard0 also added his own story, “I drive a silver Crown Vic. The first time I used it to pick up my mom from work, they all thought a police officer came to get her. I am not a police officer.”

Image Source: Pexels| u/SleepyOwl420
Image Source: Pexels|u/SleepyOwl420

Another Redditor, @cdwellsMCMXCVI, shared a similar instance by writing that once his boss was showing him around their new store and the employees mistook him for district manager or higher official. “I was in jeans and a plain blue oxford untucked and sleeves rolled. Looking back I was dressed nicer than some of the district managers I’ve had in the past so I guess I saw her point lol!”

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