He was ignored by the passing dog walkers, joggers, parents with pushchairs and teenagers with headphones, all too busy to even say "hello".
It was enough to move one woman to try and get strangers to chat, helping inspire a movement that has spread across the world. If you were lonely, would you talk to a stranger?
View original tweet on Twitter Word has spread through social media and now "Happy to Chat" benches are popping up all over the world - with the exact same words composed by Allison. You: oh sorry wrong box lol Stranger: C'mon man I didn't want it to sound too vulnerable so Sstrangers wrote, 'Happy to chat bench.
I nearly chta you later but never entirely. So this can be great for mums who maybe haven't spoken to another adult all day. For many, it is even more scarce than that.
But it's not just the elderly who can benefit from a random "hello". Did he want to be alone?
You: im not joe, im not in nyc, im not from colorado, there is no sophie and there is no friend Stranger: Yeah Stranger: I kinda guessed that You: lol You: i am actually from bury though You: feemale true! The Senior Citizen Liaison Team charity took the idea a step further.
Did anyone actually care? Allison said: "Probably the time I was most lonely was when I had a small baby. People from Canada, the United States, Australia, Switzerland and Ukraine have contacted the charity, all interested in copying the idea to get people talking.
You: who is joe anyway? Stranger: Pretty much immediately mate, sorry. It was a blissfully simple idea to tackle loneliness that swiftly created a buzz.
Sit here if you don't mind someone stopping to say hello'. Did he want company? Pop along for a chat in the sunshine.
It has already set up iin with both Avon and Somerset Police and Gwent Police to have permanent benches across their areas and arrange volunteers to "chat-bench".