You know what I really don’t enjoy? In many stores, when you are trying to pay, they start asking you for your phone number and address. I’m autistic, so when I’m put on the spot this way, I immediately forget my address and phone number utterly and completely.
So then I start getting nervous, especially when the cashier looks at me expectantly.
And, of course, I start inventing weird phone numbers and addresses just to get the cashier to leave me in peace.
And then the cashier starts telling me that they don’t sound right and if am I sure this is, indeed, my address.
And, of course, I get even more flustered and start cursing the moment when I had the silly idea to go into that store at all.
And the cashier picks up on my nervousness and starts examining my card very closely.
And this makes me feel like I’m some kind of a suspicious individual which always leads me to lose my speaking faculties altogether.
All this, just because I decided to buy a new hair-brush. Seriously, people, I don’t know what I would do if I online shopping didn’t exist.
There had also been a few occasions when I was asked unexpectedly for my first and last name and I blanked completely. I just stood there, staring at the person who was asking me, at a loss as to what my name could possibly be. It usually helps to fake a fit of coughing in these situations.