The only vaguely comforting thing about being rejected is you – hopefully – never have to see the person who shunned your affection ever again.
You can lick your wounds and carry on as normal, unless you’re the sort of brave person who has a penchant for dating colleagues, neighbours or close friends.
Or if you happen to get the same train as them each and every day.
In the sort of nightmarish scenario which would have a lesser person up sticks and move towns, one woman told her incredibly awkward ghosting story to Elite Daily .
In case you’re unfamiliar with the concept of ghosting, it’s the cruel dating practise of ignoring someone to fade them out completely.
It starts off as promisingly as a rom-com.
The woman – who goes by the name of Pam – explains that she takes the same train from her home in Massapequa to her work in New York.
She noticed she caught the same train at the same time as a man who “had AWESOME style, so I began to call him ‘Cool Shirt Guy’ in my head.”
As luck would have it, while scrolling through Tinder, Pam later matched with the man. He then got in touch first, asking if she got the same train as him, meaning he’d noticed her too – hurrah!
The messages continued with Pam and the man getting along really well. The next day when they both showed up at the station, he even came over and sat with her on the train so they could talk.
For the next week they spoke every morning at the station,
A few days later, however, the man told Pam his Tinder profile had been discovered by his colleagues and it made him feel awkward, so he was deleting it.
This may seem a little suspect, but Pam agreed with him, and they exchanged numbers.
That was the last time they ever spoke.
The messages stopped, and the man just stopped talking to her at the station.
Now they both have still take the same train to work – even using the same entrance to the station.
“It’s honestly so awkward that neither of us is willing to say anything to each other,” Pam adds.
“It’s even crazier that he’d go out of his way to message me after matching with me on Tinder, KNOWING we saw each other every single day.”
Whatever the man’s reasons for the ghosting, Pam’s morning commute just got a little bit worse.