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Starting tomorrow (today fellow posters may change my mind) every time I go out and see a white guy/girl I'm gonna greet them with "hello fellow expat".    Do you think I will get the same b

No, it would be awkward and embarrassing and I would walk away without acknowledging you , why not stand in the town center and offer people free hugs instead ?

I'd think you're insane.

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I live in a tourist place so do get some acknowledgements by someone like you but not that many thankfully. 

Not so much now because of covid pandemic.

I would nod at you or say hello back but make my excuses and leave.

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Will you be dressed-up accordingly ?

 

Maybe a Roman soldier, a British chap in a bowler hat and full three-piece, an Aussie with a cork rimmed hat ?

 

If so you should be fine and greeted with open arms.. 

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3 minutes ago, it is what it is said:

why the assumptive characterisation? just smile and say hi

That's what I do and if there's a "can I buy you a beer" I  might find the time. 😂

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If I knew it was directed to me I'd just smile, nod, with a Howdy & keep movin' on at 2 meters or more....

I wouldn't be unfriendly, but I wouldn't be engaging either....

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1 hour ago, Pravda said:

Do you think I will get the same back, no reply or something different?

What's the purpose of your intended action?

If you used those words with me, I would immediately assume you're selling expat insurance or a property agent looking for a sale for example, taking your attire into account that is............................................................. If you didn't appear as a threat, I would reluctantly engage with you, with a 'go on what do you want' attitude..............but if you changed your intro to just 'hello/hi' with a smile and open demeanor, I think you would get a much better engagement with most......................

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What do you think the result would be in Houston, Texas or New York City or Moscow Russia or Istanbul, Turkey?

Theres probably no interest in conversing with someone who’s behaving differently than those around him!

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4 minutes ago, tingtongfarang said:

yes... most only reply to hookers who say hello handsome man

No interest in hookers either but that’s just me….fill your boots🤣

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People who randomly go up to a stranger and ‘say Hi’ (or any variation of) without readily understandable reason or in a situation conducive to social interaction is going to viewed upon as somewhat ‘whacky’... 

 

 

In such a situation, in the street, supermarket etc I’d return the welcome with ‘Hi’ but not want to develop the conversation any further than that.

 

 

99.9% of people are perfectly sane, perfectly normal etc... but the only time a stranger wants to ‘open’ a conversation with me is to sell me something or impart a load of unwelcomed advice !

 

 

When passing and if the eyes make contact a nod is more than enough, I do the same with Thai’s or anyone else. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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42 minutes ago, tingtongfarang said:

Forget the idea, expats living here are just an outright unfriendly bunch, most anyway look the other way for fear of contact

 

I think this response from a poster who refers to himself as tingtongfarang more than explains why others may look the other way and avoid social interaction !!! 🤣

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14 minutes ago, Doctor Tom said:

I would say hello, but move on quickly, just in case it turned into a conversation. 

I think this would be the most ‘normal’ response. 

 

I’ve actually entered into conversations with plenty of strangers and have no issue talking with strangers whatsoever, but only when there is some common ground as a natural ‘ice breaker’... 

 

i.e. In the queue when returning to Thailand on one of the first repatriation flights, five of us Westerners were conversing about how we’d jumped through the CoE process. 

 

In the pool with my Son, chatting with another father who is also in the pool with his son etc.

 

Some stranger coming up to me is just that, a stranger coming up to me, its strange !

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