Last night I was having dinner with a few guy friends when the subject of flirting came up.
And in relation to food.
Here’s the story: one of my friends goes to a little sushi shop and flirts with the owner who, in turn, gives him extra spicy ahi and salad. The other day he even got avocado on his spicy tuna roll.
“I ask, ‘How’s business?’ and tell her her sushi is the best,” my friend said, smiling. “I’m not lying.”
We had been talking about female students flirting with male teachers to get better grades when this story came up. He was making the point that guys can flirt to — and they should when it comes to food.
I supposed we’ve all been a little, well, friendly to get better service or price. In fact, studies have shown — one out of the University of California, Berkeley last year — that being flirtatious gets us further faster, particularly in the office.
Flirting can be fun, let’s be honest, but I don’t know if I’d feel good about feigning niceness just to get something out of it. (In the case of my friend, however, he really IS nice, so he wasn’t pretending. He was just pouring it on a little thick.) Have I done it? I’m sure, especially if you count the nights during my post-college years when my girlfriends and I would close down bars. But I don’t think I could do it — and get away with it — anymore.
So I ask you: what would you flirt for? An extra scoop of rice?