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Date While You Wait Brings Distraction, and Smiles, to Frazzled Subway Riders

July 25, 2015

IdeaWearing a bow tie of Scrabble pieces that spell “GREAT,” a denim shirt, bluejeans and a brimmed hat, Thomas C. Knox waved to subway commuters one night last week while sitting at a table garnished with a sunflower in a Coca-Cola bottle and the game Connect Four.

Some grinned and walked swiftly past. Others paused long enough to lift camera phones. Some approached with trepidation.

“Is it free?” one man asked before sitting down.

Mr. Knox, 28, is the mind behind Date While You Wait, a pop-up booth in which he engages strangers in conversation during a board game.


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