There I was. Produce section of the grocery store. Doing the produce thing when a clean cut, friendly faced hispanic man approached.
"Hola, habla español?", he said.
"Si, un poco", I replied. At this point I figured he didn't speak English and possibly needed some grocery-shopping related assistance. I put on my invisible Spanish-thinking cap and readied for his question.
Instead, I was presented with a Jehovah's Witness pamphlet in Spanish.
What the eff??
He continued to speak to me in Spanish while flipping through the pamphlet with nice illustrations of happy, healthy dark-haired people. I stood there, saying nothing in response because I was too busy wondering why he had targeted me. Was it that (a) I look like an hispanic person who does not speak any English? (b) I look like an hispanic person who does not speak any English and who is on a path to eternal damnation? (c) he was really a dirty old man who is into kinky Spanish spoken things, and this was his way of weeding out the potentials? or (d) something evil was afoot?
Furtherly mystifying was that I had just come from a tutoring session and was in my relatively professional version of myself, rather than a non-English speaking version of myself.
I didn't ponder that for too long, however, because what I REALLY wanted to know was... why was this happening to me in the produce section of a grocery store? I can't remember ever being subjected to that inside a place of business.
Eventually, I was able to basically tell him, "Gracias, but what I really need are some tomatoes", and we parted on good terms.
Later I was thinking, I couldn't do that. Just go up to people and start giving unsolicited advice. It seems such an intrusion. Plus, there are some who just Don't. Like. It. Especially with topics involving religion or politics. It's like asking for a punch in the face.
I'm curious about how others feel about unsolicited advice. Are there some areas where it's welcome, but others where it's not? What about giving it? Comfortable? Uncomfortable? Un poco?