Long version: Recently I've been to a family member's workplace. It's a facility where they do data-entry - basically processing what's on paper to the computer. I wanted to take a look at the old tech that they are throwing out (386s, etc.). Since I'm looking for a job, today he has informed me that his workplace is hiring for something else than data-entry. When we conversed about the position, he's told me that his coworkers perceived me as very arrogant and not caring what others think. The interesting thing is that I didn't speak to any of the coworkers for more than 2 words, "How are you doing?", "Okay." for the most part. All I did was walked around with having my hands in my pockets (I was extra bored because to get to the old parts, I had to go through the "say hi to everyone" nonsense of my family member...), no facial expressions except fake happy face when they ask me how I am (hell, half of them don't even know my name!). He's also said that I was perceived as such when I was sitting still with my head down at a funeral (had my reasons to not say "it's a waste of time," they paid off
). I was sitting just like anyone else, some of them were looking around, and I know that my head was down during the "sitting at the casket" process (is it called mourning in English?), as I don't remember his co-workers.
Since he likes to complain and exaggerate things (or even make them up) about his family members, my theory is that it is not, what he highlighted - hands in my pockets. He put the "you had your hands in your pockets" as something very influential and meaningful, something that made them think so. So I've started to wonder, how exactly do people perceive people with hands in their pockets? Usually I don't do that, only when I'm as bored as I was then or when I'm cold...
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