Friendly hug 'turned a bit creepy'

A HUG became creepy after going on too long with an element of hair-touching, it has emerged.

The embrace occurred when middle-aged divorcee Norman Steele met attractive, younger ex-colleague Mary Fisher in a cafe.

Onlooker Nikki Hollis said: “It was fine at first but then he clearly didn’t want to let go, and started doing that ‘very slight circular rubbing of the other’s person’s lower back’ thing.

“Meanwhile his other hand sort of patted her hair, which was just a bit weird.

“He was like a koala but not cute. Then he turned around and said ‘Mary, meet my wife Susan’.”

Researchers at the Institute for Studies believe the maximum acceptable length of a social embrace is eight seconds.

Professor Henry Brubaker said: “Up to 60 per cent of hugs have a weird, emotionally desperate subtext.

“Probably a handshake is better, unless it’s a long-lost family reunion or one of you is going off on some dangerous war mission.”

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