Life gets boring when you don’t have some randomness thrown in there. Sometimes, having a random conversation with a stranger can be exactly what you need to spice things up a bit!
These Redditors responded to the AskReddit thread, “What is the most random thing a stranger has said to you?” These answers are all over the place, and so hilarious!
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“I was once minding my own business at a bus stop, when an unusual gentleman in a long trench-coat wandered up to me, looked me firmly in the eyes and said, ‘Brownian motion.'”
If he was trying to give me a secret code, I definitely didn’t receive it.”
“I was waiting for a bus when a homeless man pushing a shopping cart walked by. He said, ‘Alright! How about a race around the block? Ready, set, go!’ then he walked away.
He didn’t come back, so I’m pretty sure we tied.”
“When I was a kid I was walking to the store by myself, and a group of teenagers started laughing and approached me. I got a little nervous since I was alone. One of the teenagers said, ‘Here kid, you can have this.’
It was a dollar. He gave it to me and his group just kept walking. No idea why it happened. It didn’t seem to be tainted in any way, it was just a regular old dollar. Then I went to the store and got candy.”
(1/2) “In college, I was checking out at the convenience store, making small talk with the clerk. The exchange went like this:
Me: Hey, how’s it going?
Clerk: Not bad, how about you?
Me: Doing good.
Clerk: Yeah, I can’t wait to get home and lick my favorite spoon.
Me: …Haha yeah, well see you later!”
(2/2) “He said it completely deadpan. I was audibly laughing as I left the store.
Months later, I ran into the guy at a mutual friend’s house party. I reminded him of the exchange and he remembered it. He said, ‘Yeah, I like to say random stuff to customers to break up the monotony of the day.'”
“Once when I was a little kid, I held the door open for this elderly guy. As he was going through, he looks at me and says, ‘Someday when I’m young and you’re old, I’ll hold the door open for you.’ I randomly think about it all the time.”
(1/2) “I was working as the food stand manager at a movie theatre during college. This was by far one of the most bizarre experiences I’ve ever had with a customer.
A man came up to an employee of mine and asked if he could purchase a hot dog. Nothing out of the ordinary, but this guy seemed… off. The cashier seemed nervous and asked one of the girls behind the counter to get a hot dog ready.
Girl: Can you do it, I have to fill the popcorn machine?
Customer (to the cashier): Are you afraid? It’s ok, you don’t have to be afraid.
The cashier goes and makes the hot dog. At this point, the customer looks at me.
Customer (to me): Do you think hot dogs are useless?
Me: Well, you can eat them, so I guess not.”
(2/2) “Customer: Well I think they’re useless.
The cashier hands the customer his hot dog.
Customer (to hot dog): You think I’m useless!? You’re useless!
The customer consumes 3/4 of the hotdog in a single bite and says to the girl, ‘There, I have scolded the hot dog. Next time you make a hot dog, you will not fear.’
Then he walks off towards his movie eating the remainder of the hot dog.”
“I was at a supermarket picking up a bunch of fruit juice for a party. A guy carrying a toddler stops me and starts lecturing me about how one of the ingredients is poison. I’m like, ‘I’m gonna be mixing it with other stuff,’ and walked away.”
“When I was 21 I worked overnights at a gas station, and this guy came in to pay for his gas. He looks at me and says, ‘You have small ears.’
I was like, ‘oh… thanks..?’ He said, ‘yeah.’ Then he left.”
“I was helping someone at work get set up on a new amplifier only to have his kid walk up, stare blankly at me, and ask, ‘What if none of this is real?’ before walking away.
The existential crisis that followed certainly was real.”
“I was walking around Montreal one day minding my own business and not saying anything, and someone passing me smiled and said, ‘Welcome to Canada!’
How do they always know I’m not from here?!”
“A man in a three-piece suit, carrying a brown leather suitcase–he looked like a banker–stopped in his tracks in front of me in the middle of a busy sidewalk. He looked shocked and screamed looking at my denim shorts, ‘Bermuda trousers! How brilliant!'”
“I’ve been growing out my hair lately. A few days ago, a homeless guy saw me walking by and said I had ‘the golden mane of a thousand lions.’ It caught me by surprise, but wow, it made me feel awesome.”
“When I worked at a coffee shop after college, I was setting up the outdoor cafe. I was putting together the fence at like 6 am, and this guy walks up to me. (I’m a guy too, for context.)
He said, ‘It’s nice to know if I need my electrical work done, I can come to this coffeeshop.’ He winked at me, then kept walking.
I felt bamboozled and after a few seconds it dawned on me that he was flirting with me.”
“I was waking in the mall one time, minding my own business, and this kid walks up to me and says, ‘The way you swing your arms when you walk makes you look like a gorilla.’ Then he just walked away. It was bizarre.”
“My wife and I were leaving an AirBnB in Memphis after a long weekend. The only parking was a couple of blocks away in a parking deck. When we were right across from it, a guy in a jumpsuit carrying a boombox on his arm, blaring the song ‘Private Eyes’ by Hall & Oates stopped, quickly snapped a look at us, and just screamed at the top of his lungs.
It was like, 5 straight seconds of screaming, and then he pointed at me, gave me a nod, and boogied his way down the street.”
“After he and his buddies unexpectedly jumped into my car, this guy says:
‘You’re the Uber, right?’
I was not the Uber.
They were cute and very nice about it and we had a good laugh.”
“I was a tourist on a train in Seattle, and this woman opens up to me about her entire life and her 20 years in prison. She had just been released hours ago and I was the first person on the outside she had really spoken to in 25 years.”
“On the bus, a guy sitting next to me began to complain about something that just happened. Nothing major, just annoying. Then he looked over to me and said, ‘Sorry to parachute into your awareness.'”
“While I was on vacation in Glasgow, a man walking in the opposite direction stopped me and asked something that sounded like, ‘Ye haired guy stee?’
I said, ‘Guy stee?’
‘Yeh, guy stee.’
I shrugged, he shook his head and walked on.
Much of my stay in Glasgow was spent making people repeat themselves slowly, but I didn’t figure out until years later what this guy was saying. He was asking me where we were staying.”
“I was walking through a parking lot of a state fair and obviously looking for my car. I was holding up car keys trying to press the ‘lock’ button to try and hear a beep out of my car.
Some guy walks past me and says, “Hold the key up under your chin, it projects the radio waves better!’
So I did it and pressed the button a few times while looking in different directions.
He turns back and looks and me and laughs: ‘Wow, so gullible!!’ He got me good.”
“I was out shopping for groceries when a college-age kid in a giraffe suit runs up to me and smugly asks, ‘what sound does a giraffe make?’
I look him dead in the eyes and say, ‘Giraffes dont make a sound, they dont have vocal chords.’ I turn around and walk away as he dejectedly yells, ‘CRAP, really?!'”
“There is a very small Moroccan restaurant in Cambridge, Mass, that is run by a family. One brother is the chef, the other is the waiter/host/everything else. One day I went and I guess their sister was helping out, but she spent the whole time talking on her cell phone.
When she brought the food to our table she dropped the plates down and said, with disgust in her voice, ‘Remember, the opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s apathy,’ and then continued her conversation on the phone. My friend and I just looked at each other stunned.
My theory is she was trying to get revenge on her brothers about some family issue, by being the worst waitress ever.”
“I was around 10 when I was visiting my aunt. She had a new neighbor that had moved in a week before I visited. My aunt described her as a ‘bit weird’ and told me to just stay away from her.
So I am in my aunt’s garden, playing around when I hear someone whistling at me. I turn around and I am immediately greeted by the sight of my aunt’s neighbor, looking at me while whistling. I stare at her in shock… because she wasn’t wearing any clothing. We stand in a stalemate for a moment before the neighbor, without breaking eye contact, says ‘My life is incomplete,’ turns around and slowly walks back to her house.”
“I was once stopped by three international students who told me I looked ‘more handsome than Sheldon Cooper,’ like the guy from The Big Bang Theory. I don’t look anything like him.”
These comments have been edited for clarity.