Workplace colleagues John Dobie and Scott Carlson, who have worked together at Syntech Electronics for 3 years, yesterday walked toward each other for an extended period whilst being extremely careful to maintain jovial eye contact.
"I don't know Scott at all well really," said Dobie, a systems analyst, "but I have spoke to him a couple of times. When I saw him coming towards me and we caught each others eye I thought 'uh-oh'."
"As soon as I saw John had seen me recognise him I cringed inside," said Support Manager Carlson, "we're going to have to see this thing through to the bitter end. I'd better get my grin on."
Their walk towards each other, post initial recognition, was along a long, straight corridor where they would have had to maintain eye contact for more them 27 seconds which accordingly to both men was beyond unbearable.
"Oh man," said Carlson, "I had to maintain this rictus grin for like 20 seconds and for what, a nod! And maybe a brief 'hi'. It ruined my day and I'm under threat of redundancy."
Dobie agreed, "I sure Scott a great fella and all but I barely know him and I've spilled coffee on my hand whilst staring at him. It burns man! We didn't even high five. I don't think I blinked. I'm still furious now."
Dobie has vowed to keep his heads down whilst faking to read a blank piece of paper or his smartphone in future and Carlson has now applied for voluntary redundancy.