We all have accidents. And I’m not talking about the kinds of accidents where you wake up and the bed is either wet, sticky, or on fire. No, I’m talking about the kinds of accidents where property damage reports are collected and someone is probably going to yell at you for being so clumsy.
I break stuff all the time. Out of all the time that I break stuff, I’d say about 90% of said time is accidental. It’s always an awkward moment. You walk into someone’s home or place of business and the next you know their baby is in the chimney and you can’t find your wallet. We’ve all been there. But how do you get yourself out of such a sticky financial and socially uncomfortable moment?
It may seem counterintuitive or even illegal, but the best thing you can do when you face such times is to make them worse. Did you break your friend’s vase? Up the ante and kick in his bathroom door while his girlfriend is in there. Your wife is angry at you for eating the cookies she made for the neighbors? Call her a Nazi and punch a hole through the microwave.
If you match someone’s anger with your own violent fit of rage, they’ll only have one reaction to fall back on: fear. Nobody goes after the clearly insane person twice. It comes down to this fundamental philosophy: if you break something and looked scared, people will yell at you, but if you break something and look angry, people will run from you.