I tend to get nervous to say hello to people I don’t know, but when someone just stares at me without smiling or saying anything, I can’t help but say hello. This lady just stared at me non stop by my son’s school. I think that’s rude. But instead of getting upset, I smiled and said “hello!” She gave me a shy smile and said hi.
Sometimes people are just as nervous to say hello and smile. Them staring may be their defense mechanism. Not sure but it’s so much easier to be kind then mean.
So next time someone is staring at you, maybe they are too timid to speak to you. Maybe it’s their way of asking you to start the conversation. Doesn’t hurt to try!