I like to flirt. I don’t ever expect anything from it. I’m surprised if there is a benefit beyond just fun.
This week I had an experience that cemented my belief in harmless flirting. Not that I needed any encouragement!
I’m in London this week and my travel pal and I decided to see a play. We were keen on seeing “The Children’s Hour” but were loath to pay full price. The half-off ticket stands didn’t have any tickets for this play since it was wildly popular so the theater didn’t have trouble filling the house.
We traipsed off to the theater’s box office an hour before curtain time. A young man greeted us cheerfully behind the plexiglass so I returned his broad smile.
“Hi. We’re interested in the best seats for the cheapest price for tonight’s performance.”
He playfully responded, “Cheap is in the eye of the beholder. Let me tell you what seats we have available.”
He looked at his list. “Fifty-one pounds for side orchestra. Sixty-five pounds for center balcony.”
I smiled. “My dear, I think we have different definitions of ‘cheap.’ We’d love the center balcony. But sixty-five pounds is too much. Are they really good seats?”
“They’re great seats. I haven’t seen the play, but I hear they have good sight lines.”
“You haven’t seen the play? Really?”
“No, we have to buy tickets, too.”
“Well, that’s not right. You can come with us and sit on our laps.”
He shrieked with delight, nearly falling off his chair laughing.
“Listen, you have absolutely made my day. Is there anyone behind you?” I turned and looked, then shook my head ‘no.’ “I’m going to give you these center balcony seats for 25 lbs. Just don’t tell anyone!”
I promised I wouldn’t. No one at all — except all my blog readers.
So flirting has untold benefits. If it is done appropriately, especially with strangers, both parties will have a fun experience. And you never know what hidden benefits will come of it.
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