Listeners spill the tea and share stories on eavesdropping

Eavesdropping is a serious skill.

The sense of 'healthy' curiosity often feeds creativity and story-telling, some have argued.

Presenter Eusebius McKaiser asked listeners to share their tales and tips when it comes to listening in on people's conversations.

If I hear or see nearby commotion when I'm in a car, I will recline my chair and take my phone and use it in selfie mode to see and hear what's happening outside.

Ayanda, caller

Normally I don't like eavesdropping. Okay, I'm lying...

Siya, caller

I go to this coffee shop and buy the newspaper and sit there "buried in it", but I don't read a thing. I sit there and listen to the crooks. I just love it! I can't concentrate of crosswords at the coffee shop.

Trish, caller

I don't mind eavesdropping, I do it myself. But what I don't like is when people hear you and want to come and talk to you about what you said... I find it so intrusive.

Tumi, caller

One of my favourite things is eavesdropping. It's a skill I developed when I was a teacher and I had to hear what was happening at the back of the classroom... I like to sit in a restaurant and listen and I love to fill in the blanks.

Michelle, caller

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