I often forgot all sense of situational awkwardness and was instead intensely amused even while it was happening. I’m generally tolerant and considerably more prone to finding the entertainment value. I don’t laugh at or treat others poorly (unless of course they become too pushy or aggressive, which rarely happened), so this was frequently a gentle and silly exchange. There are times that in retrospect I think, “huh, I guess that was REALLY CREEPY,” but this is followed with a smirk and stifled chuckle. Whoops?
The first instance I’ll mention is that of Poet Guy. I don’t remember what the man’s name actually was (and even if I did I wouldn’t post it), but he approached me one evening and said, “Pardon me, I wanted to tell you that I think you’re very beautiful and I’d like to write a poem about you. Here’s my card.” This in and of itself was a little different than the norm, but was still flattering and polite. He then persisted in talking to me for a good fifteen minutes and asked me to call him so he could “find inspiration," watching me as I worked for another several minutes before he moved on. Even with my broken "creepometer" I found that entirely too much.
When the store was shut down I mentioned this to a coworker, who instantly knew who was I talking about because this man apparently approached EVERY female employee in the exact same manner. He continued to show up several nights each week. He didn’t ever accost anyone a second time other than saying hello and offering a compliment here or there, so I may have just been hyper-conscious of his presence due to my particular experience as we had plenty of regular customers. I was switched to an overnight schedule after that for several months, so I don’t know what ever became of him.