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Bikes Versus Yikes

, | NJ, USA | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids, Popular, Strangers

(I’m about six in the story, in the food court at our local mall. My parents go to pay and I wander off. A biker finds me.)

Biker: “Now, son, where are your parents?”

Me: “I don’t know!” *sniffle*

Biker: “We’ll find ’em! What do they look—”

(Suddenly, he is cut off by an abrupt shriek.)

Woman #1: “That gangster is taking that kid!”

Biker: “No, this kid just—”

Woman #1: “I don’t care! You were going to kidnap him! HELP!”

(Security wanders over and my parents see the ruckus from the food court.)

Security: “What’s going on here?”

Biker: “I’m trying to help—”

Woman #1: “This guy is taking this kid!”

My Mom: “[My Name], are you okay?”

Woman #1: “Obviously not! This gangster was going to take this kid!” *points at biker* “Arrest him!”

Woman #2: “Actually, I watched the whole thing. This man was just trying to help the kid find his parents, when you started shrieking.”

(Woman #2 was thanked and the shrieking one went home embarrassed! That biker is a friend of my family now, and is in fact very sweet!)

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A Black Mark Against That Friend

| USA | Bigotry, Movies & TV

(My friend is white but I’m Asian. We’re discussing a TV series that originated from comics. I didn’t know the comics at all then.)

Me: “I ship [Female Black Character] and [Male White Character].”

Friend: “I don’t like her; why the h*** is she even black?”

Me: “What’s wrong with being black?”

Friend: “She’s not supposed to be black. It’s just wrong.”

Me: “What do you mean? A black person is a person. Just like Asians. You even defended me when [Bully] said he didn’t like my colour.”

Friend: “What? No! I’m not racist.”

Me: “I’ve had experience with people who were fine with one race not their own, but still be racist to another race. Looks like you are. So are Asians okay just because I’m your friend?”

Friend: “I mean she, and [Black Character’s Black Father] should not have been made black. It’s not the dating part. That’s perfect, but they aren’t black!”

Me: “Still, you are not liking them because they’re black.”

Friend: “They aren’t supposed to be. They are only black because the actors are.”

Me: “Wait, what?”

Friend: “The TV changed it; they were white in the comics for 50 years. Why the stupid change?”

(Not the best way of initially expressing her dislike of deviation, but she has never mentioned any other dislike due to deviation. This was during the first season. It’s now third season and she’s still never mention any dislike of deviation again, which were plenty. I don’t get it…)

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Oh (Tom)Boy!

| VIC, Australia | Bad Behavior, Popular, Strangers

(I am nine. My mother and I are at the shopping centre on the weekend. I am a huge tomboy, and often wear boyish clothing, as well as having relatively short hair. I walk into the women’s bathroom.)

Random Lady: “Excuse me, this is the women’s bathroom!”

Me: “Yes, I’m quite aware. I am female.”

Random Lady: “Well… you are against god’s will! You dress like a boy! You should be ashamed of yourself!”

Me: “I’m sorry, but I didn’t ask for your opinion.”

(As I’m walking away.)

Random Lady: *gasp* “You are a rude and disrespectful child!”

(Someone who was standing near us and heard the whole conversation intervenes.)

Woman: “No, ma’am. You are rude and disrespectful. You need to learn to respect other people’s choices.”

(The lady gasped and walked away as if she has been slapped. I told my mum about it later and we both laughed at people’s ignorance.)

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Trick Or Tipsy

| Australia | Holidays, Neighbours, Popular

(I overhear the following conversation of a good looking, early- to mid-20s-year-old girl as she is talking on the phone. It is also a few days after Halloween.)

Girl: “Did I tell you the wild Halloween that I had?”

(She pauses for a few seconds as the person replies.)

Girl: “Yeah, so, get this. I’m at home and there’s a knock at the door. So I go and open it and there are two boys standing there in costume, pretty s*** costumes, too, and they do the whole ‘trick or treat’ thing. I didn’t want to be a b**** but I also had nearly nothing in the house and the only thing I could spare was some cans of [Cheap Beer] that were left-over from that party a month ago, so I gave them that.”

(Pauses again.)

Girl: “So, yeah, their parents found out and f****** dobbed me in, so I got fined.”

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Invading Personal Space Requires A Personal Response

| Germany | Family & Kids, Popular, Strangers

(I am shopping at an outlet mall with my friends and their two-year-old daughter. It’s very crowded due to the time of year and some customers are getting a bit pushy.)

Friend #1: *after several close encounter of an awkward kind* “I hate it when people stand way too close in line behind you.”

(We went to a coffee shop for lunch. Friend #2 and I went to stake out a table while Friend #1 got in line with his toddler on his shoulders. A man got in line behind them, standing weirdly close despite there being plenty of room. My friend didn’t notice this but his daughter did. She twisted around, reared back, and WHACKED the guy on his head. Friend #1 didn’t even see this while Friend #2 and I were dying in a fit of laughter. We had to tell him afterward. I guess the toddler had had enough as well.)

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