A polite local woman has nodded vigorously and pretended to take note of her friend’s podcast recommendation despite having absolutely no intention of ever looking it up, let alone actually listening to it. Jennifer Williamson performed the two-faced act at a dinner with friends last night, claiming that she’s way too polite and socially awkward to point blank tell her friend that the podcast sounds like it would be totally crap.

Reflecting on the experience while talking to The Watsonia Bugle this morning, Williamson said, “Look, it’s not that I didn’t like the subject matter, I just hate it when people try to jam podcasts down your throat. Becky was just going on and on about it, but I don’t like being preached to like that, so I just nodded politely and then asked her the correct spelling of it. Then she even looked it up on her phone and shoved her screen into my face. I’m like, what do you want me to do now Becky, start listening right here at the table while we’re out for dinner?”

While Williamson remained unrepentant for her deceitful interaction with Becky, she did acknowledge that her behaviour was most-likely endemic of a broader level of social awkwardness. She said, “There’s just something about someone thrusting their phone into my face. I can’t stand it. Even if I want the information that they are aggressively presenting to me, why don’t they just text it to me, or send me the link? I don’t want them to be there while I look at it. My facial expressions are just too contrived when they’re there glaring at me and trying to gauge my reaction. It’s too much for me.”