I run the Sydney Julia meetup, and my company sponsors the pizzas and drinks which are provided for free to the attendees. At the last meetup, I saw two new attendees chatting with each other. I walked towards them to greet them. As I approached, one of the pair bolted out the door with a pizza dangling precariously from his mouth before I could say “hi”. I was perplexed by the behaviour. I quickly followed him out the door, but he was nowhere to be seen!
Running out of the room with half a slice of pizza in his mouth came to be how I remember that attendee. For ease of writing, I shall refer to him as “pizza guy”. And you guessed it! He was nowhere to be seen for the rest of the meetup. By the end of the meetup, I started to think that, maybe the “pizza guy” wasn’t there to attend the meetup, he just wanted a piece of pizza.
This reminded me of a meetup that I ran a few months ago and in that meetup, someone just came up to us and said “I am not part of this meetup, but do you mind if I a take a piece” and I said “Sure”. It wasn’t a big deal.
About a week later, I saw “pizza guy”'s profile picture on LinkedIn and I instantly recognised him as the guy! At that moment, I couldn’t stop thinking about how funny the situation is!