I had dinner the other day with two of my priest friends. Just at a local tavern/grill. We had just left a diocese meeting and they were both wearing clerics. It took us almost four hours to finish our sandwiches and a (one each) glass of beer.
At least 15 people came over to “talk”. Most wanted to ask for us to pray for someone they knew, several requested a blessing, and at one point, I and the one priest got up and left for a few minutes so the other priest could have the booth to hear a confession.
When priests are in public, and recognizable, the requests are not just occasional or “every now and then”; they are constant.
. . . and we just wanted a quick bite to eat, a beer and little casual conversation. Even priests are entitled to some “downtime” every now and then.
You have no idea what the life of a priest is like.