I'm generally vaguely amused by the things people say on mobile phones in public places but the girl sitting behind me on the bus today had me spitting feathers within 3 minutes of taking my seat.
"I'm on a hunger strike until you say what you know I want to hear," she wailed down the line in all seriousness.
"I'll starve - I'll probably die - but I won't eat until you've said it."
If I'd had a lighter on me I would have set fire to my (expensive) bra then and there. I looked around at her in disbelief.
Was I really listening to a twentysomething, 21st century city girl? Surely we ladies have a little more up our sleeves than emotional blackmail and the threat of self-harm to get what we want?
I'm not about to launch into the history of feminism (although I would have liked to have given this particular female a few URLs to browse) and I'm not of course suggesting that she was genuinely serious. But it angered me that she even thought this particular tactic worth saying out loud.
Maybe I've been out of the dating game for too long but "go out with me otherwise I'll kill myself" doesn't seem a particularly romantic or empowering proposition.
I know she was talking to her boyfriend by the way because in the next breath she told him that her mum believed him to be "the son she never had".
"She's so glad that I'm going out with you," she trilled. I bet she is darling. Probably takes the heat off her for a bit.
Something tells me that relationship is doomed.