Strangers On A Train

| Gravesend, England, UK | Friendly | March 14, 2014

(I am on the train to work, and have my headphones in. I notice a man opposite me making gestures so I take them out to see if there’s a problem.)

Me: “Hi?”

Stranger: *beams at me*

Me: “… Can I help you?”

Stranger: *silently thrusts a chewing gum pack at me*

Me: “Uh… no, thank you. I have my own, but thanks…”

(The stranger makes a ‘sad clown’ face and continues to stare at me for the rest of the journey. And people wonder why I hate trains.)

Putting A Name To The Face Of Offensiveness

| Australia | Friendly | March 14, 2014

(A friend is moving to the area. She has been out house hunting with my partner for the day. I am at home having a sewing bee with about ten local woman. They walk into the lounge room.)

Me: “Hi, [Friend]. Would you like me to introduce everyone?”

Friend: “Why? Will I need to know their names?”

Me: “… Not anymore.”

Hate Before Hymns

| VA, USA | Friendly | March 14, 2014

(I’m in my late 20s at a Mass largely attended by college students and retirees. Before the first hymn, we’re supposed to stand and greet each other; typically just a hello. The woman beside me looks to be in her 60s.)

Older Woman: *turning to greet me* “My! You have the most beautiful skin.”

Me: “Oh, thank you—”

Older Woman: “If I were younger I’d hate you.”

(Thank goodness the song started, because I had no idea what to say to that!)

A Mother Lode Of Irresponsibility

| NJ, USA | Friendly | March 13, 2014

Me: “Soooooo, I have something to tell you guys!”

Friend #1 & #2: “ARE YOU PREGNANT?!”

Me: “… I am holding a half-drunk glass of wine. So, no.”

Friend #1: “Oh, right.”

Friend #2: “Well, maybe you just weren’t planning on being a very responsible mom!”

Save That Idea For ‘Sharknado 3’…

| Erie, PA, USA | Friendly | March 13, 2014

(I overhear two mid-40s women talking.)

Stranger: “Are there wild cows? Like, can you go into the forests and hunt them like sharks?”

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