Prison EtiquettePosted: July 14, 2009
So I was outside for a meeting today and just as I was about to walk back to work this guy asks us where the medical building is. Since I work right next to it I told him to follow me and I showed him. It was about a 4 minutes walk and we made some random chit chat and in that time he TWICE mentioned that he had been in prison for 15 years and I TWICE sort of ignored it.
What are you supposed to say to that?
Are you supposed to ask what they were in for?
Are you supposed to ask if they were actually innocent?
I didn’t want to pry but I also didn’t want to come off as thinking less of him because of it so I just picked up on something else he said to move the conversation forward.
I also was afraid to ask what he was in for in case the answer was something like "Murdering friendly red heads! And YOUR next mwah hah hah!" So I figured it was safer, and more polite, not to.
What would you have done?
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