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What's your stance on shaking stranger's hands?

My cousin and I went into US Cellular so she could pay her bill and an employee was right there and opened the store and stuck her hand in ours and asked us what she could do for us. I automatically shook back,but then was kinda grossed out thinking about how many times she had already done this,and had she washed her hands! I put some Purell on,and avoided her like the plague on the way out when she wanted to shake again.


Asked by butterflyblue19 at 4:21 PM on May. 6, 2011 in Just for Fun

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Answers (16)
  • I do it but I'm not comfortable doing it.

    Answer by meooma at 4:28 PM on May. 6, 2011

  • I shake hands with strangers then when I'm alone I lick my hand to taste their sweet sweet germs lol I don't have a problem with it I think more people should be friendly like that. But always wash your hand after

    Answer by myownhappiness at 4:23 PM on May. 6, 2011

  • That was a bit of an overreaction to her polite overture. Clean your hands often and you will be fine.


    Answer by ochsamom at 4:23 PM on May. 6, 2011

  • As long as the strangers don't have clammy hands, I don't care. And since I can't find that out ahead of time...

    Answer by SWasson at 4:25 PM on May. 6, 2011

  • I think hand-shaking is a nice custom. More personal and genuine than just a verbal greeting. Sure, keep hand sanitizer on you if you're a germaphobe, but I think it's nice.

    Answer by judimary at 4:24 PM on May. 6, 2011

  • I do it...but I also sit on public toilet seats too. I'm not a germaphobe at all.

    Answer by keisha613 at 4:24 PM on May. 6, 2011

  • I don't see the big deal. I think its a little sad that we have become so germophobic as a society that we no longer like to touch or be touched by others.

    Answer by hootie826 at 4:24 PM on May. 6, 2011

  • In terms of germs, how is it any worse than touching a bannister or doorknob?

    Answer by judimary at 4:27 PM on May. 6, 2011

  • My hubby keeps Purell on hand like it's the cure for cancer so I don't mind, I shake hands then discretelty (sp) Purell...not a really big deal for me

    Answer by Lucky209 at 4:22 PM on May. 6, 2011

  • I shake hands or bow depends how it works out but I am not above hand shaking.

    Answer by pinkdragon36 at 4:24 PM on May. 6, 2011