To tell ... or not to tell
So. I'm in this store returning something, and I stop by the makeup counter as part of my neverending quest to find a lipstick to replace my soon-to-be-gone-forever discontinued one. I draw a little bit of lipstick on my hand, look it over and then go on my merry little way. I'm also on the phone, and I use my left hand--the lipstick hand--to reach across my face and grab my phone from my right ear so I can hang up before I get to the counter.
I know that's a lot of detail. I'm telling you all that so you can understand how I could have gotten back to my car, looked in my rearview mirror and seen LIPSTICK on my chin. I wasn't quite a little kid who got into her mom's makeup, but it was still OBVIOUS. I mean, nobody INTENTIONALLY puts lipstick on their chin. Immediately, before I even wiped it off, my mouth dropped open and I was like, "Why didn't the woman at the counter TELL ME???"
And then I thought, OK, would *I* tell someone? I think that I would. But then I started running through different scenarios: What if someone was walking by with toilet paper stuck to their shoe? A big glob of gum on their butt? What if a huge booger was coming out of someone's nose? Or their fly was down? What if a woman had a button undone in the middle of her shirt?
Of course I would say something to a friend of mine. But a total stranger? I would like to think I would, but then I was like, OK, BE HONEST, would you REALLY? Toilet paper, yes. I have done that lots of times, although one time someone in an airport didn't hear me so I just went up behind her and stepped on the toilet paper so it came off as she walked away. Gum? I THINK so ... I mean, it could potentially be a LITTLE bit awkward to admit that you were looking at someone's butt, but I think I would.
The clothing issues ... I would definitely tell a woman her button was undone, but I don't know about a guy whose fly was undone. Once again, you have a potentially awkward situation. ("Excuse me, sir, but were you aware that your barn door is open?" "Excuse me, but I was just admiring your ..." I mean ... AWKWARD!) The big one for me, though, is the booger. If I am being 100 percent, totally honest, I don't know if I would! If I'm in a public bathroom, yes. If I'm looking at the same rack in a clothing store as someone else and not that many people are around, probably. (You know, just in a "Go like this" while rubbing my nose kind of way.) But I don't want to EMBARRASS anyone--and the "someone just told someone else over the age of 10 to wipe a booger off their face" aftermath can be even MORE embarrassing than telling them in the first place! But it's more embarrassing to walk around with a huge booger hanging out of your nose, right? So I would like to think that most of the time I would. But I don't know! A total stranger?! I DON'T KNOW!
I still think the woman at the store should have told me about the lipstick, though. I am JUST saying.