Friday, 7 August 2015

An Angry Story

This isn't like my usual post but something happened to me today and I needed to get it off my chest. To set the scene: I was walking through town, it was lunch time and I was walking back to my office, it was very busy and there were people everywhere.

Now, I suffer from a serious syndrome called Resting Bitch Face, RBF for short. This affects me in many positive ways, such as people avoiding asking me if I want a Big Issue or if I want a "Mini-makeover" in Debenhams. Then there are days when it can go the opposite way. Today is one of those days.

As I said, I was walking through town and there were people all over offering things like The Big Issue or the newspaper or buskers or charity people. The specific incident in question involved a charity worker. This man was around 40 and was asking for money to "Help the troops", I didn't actually see what charity he worked for. So I was walking past him and he went "Oi Smiler, help the troops". Now my automatic reaction to someone referencing my RBF syndrome instantly puts a grin on my face. Now this grin must have been extra sexy or something because then this charity worker then proceeds to say, "Come on, I won't bite". Now, this phrase is harmless enough. What really made me mad was when he then proceeds to say, "Only if you want me too, sweetheart." and then, "Come on, promise I won't bite hard!"

What on earth would make him think I would then A) Want to go over to him B) Donate to his charity?! I'm 19 and this man must've been double my age! I expect it from a disgusting heckler on the street but from a charity worker! I was disgusted! Why do some men think they can talk to a young girl in this way. There is no excuse for his behaviour at all! I don't know if his way of flirting has bagged him a girl in the past, or donations for that matter, but it definitely wasn't working on me.

I didn't know how to react and I wish I had come up with some witty response but I just walked off. This sort of incident is what makes me not want to walk the streets on my own. There are so many dodgy folk about and the fact that he thought it was ok to speak to me in that way was not acceptable. I know it could've been worse but it really made me mad!

Apologies for the little outburst and I promise normal posts will be back soon. What are your thoughts on this sort of thing? Has anything like this happened to you before?

Til' next time! XOXO


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