What Would You Do? (Covid-related)

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Bass Viking, Jun 18, 2020.

  1. So I'm out for a stroll and I happen to walk by the local tennis courts. One of the tennis players is looking outside of the fence and I know exactly what's coming. "Excuse me sir..." A tennis ball had gone over the fence and she wanted me to toss it back to her. I picked it up, threw it over the fence, and continued on my way. I realize this is a very mundane, trivial event but in these fearful times with people on edge about getting sick it made me wonder: What would you folks do? Throw the ball back, politely decline?

    I'm not losing sleep over it, I just went home and washed my hands. :cool:
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  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    If you had no hands or feet and could only throw it back with your mouth or eye socket I'd understand the hesitation. Otherwise it's a bit much.
  3. I would've done the same thing.
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  4. Winslow


    Sep 25, 2011
    Sneeze on the tennis ball, then throw it back. That'll teach 'em to keep their stuff inside the fence! o_O

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  5. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Yeah, I would have done the same thing.
  6. It's one of those things that I suppose you shouldn't do but it's so mundane it kinda breaks down that conscious mental barrier. Just toss the ball and wash your hands.
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  7. Wood and Wire

    Wood and Wire

    Jul 15, 2017
    I've kicked plenty of stray footballs back to people recently, but with a tennis ball over a high fence ; I'd ask them if they're really sure they actually want me to handle the ball, that they've then got to handle, and no doubt wipe sweat from their face.

    I don't know if I'm asymptomatic.

    They don't know if I'm infected.

    I don't particularly want to kill any tennis players.

    Now, when I'm walking round the golf course...
  8. ElectroVibe


    Mar 2, 2013
    Good question. A few weeks ago, I would have thought nothing of picking it up and tossing it back. I felt that way from the beginning of this whole thing.

    Now, I'm starting to feel a little more conscientious. I don't mind being a nerd sometimes. It's just my mood which I can't explain. I'm sure in the coming months I'll start feeling more this way too. Being more careful to follow the guidelines.
  9. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    I threw a bouncy ball back to some kids over their fence the other day. Didn’t lick it or anything.
  10. lyonaudio


    Apr 16, 2019
    I'd point to the mask that I was wearing and say, "Sorry."
  11. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    i'd throw it back.

    that being said, i always carry a couple extra gloves in my pocket and often an alcohol-soaked paper towel in a ziploc, so i could either use a glove to grab the ball or alcohol my hands afterwards.
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  12. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    Keep the tennis ball. I have a dog.
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  13. Kick it down the street, as usual.
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  14. Tennis balls are the dirtiest of all balls.
    That fur collects everything from solids to wicking up liquids and oils.

    :vomit: :vomit: :vomit:
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  15. 48thStreetCustom


    Nov 30, 2005
    I think that, during this pandemic, we can't lose sight of general decency and politeness. I don't leave my house without hand sanitizer anyway, so I'd just clean my hands after I walk away.
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  16. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Damned tennis players acting like they own the world and sending their infected balls out everywhere. I would avoid anywhere with a tennis court nearby. Blight on humanity. :cool:
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  17. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    I always carry a small bottle of sterilizer around with me (also have done so before because I dislike going long periods of time without washing hands... But often you simply can't), toss it back, quick rinse, done. Bonus points if you also rinse before touching the ball to protect THEM, but I'd assume by asking you they're aware of any risks that incurs.
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  18. Next time this happens I’ll tell them I have Covid. :laugh:
  19. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    LOL :laugh:
  20. viribus

    viribus Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Pacific Northwest
    I never actually learned to play very well
    I always carry C-19 release forms for everyone I come in contact with to sign. The form absolves me of any liability, while still giving me the right to sue them if our contact results in me contracting C-19. It’s surprising how quickly people immediately back away.

    I’m kidding.