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decided that I needed to smile

A man saw me sitting on the bus and decided that I needed to smile.

He stood directly in front of me (my seat faced in towards the middle of the bus) and started lecturing me on being happy and smiling instead of sitting there being sad.

At no point did I engage with him at all, I never even looked at him.

Instead I looked everywhere else and turned up the volume of my headphones.

The man continued to lecture me, despite me not acknowledging him at all, for over two full minutes until I finally got up and took another seat in the front of the bus.

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I don’t have to be friendly to him

Starbucks line, 8am, thinking about whether I want a protein box or oatmeal.

The tall, large male customer in front of me is trying to catch my eye.

Him – “What kind of coffee are you getting?”

Me – “I’m not getting coffee”, and I look away.

Him - “What are you getting?”

Me – “Something else”

He flips out! Starts going off about what a friendly person he is, how miserable a human I am..etc.

I say he’s a stranger and I don’t have to be friendly to him.

He keeps going and then bizarrely ends with “Well, god bless you”. WTF was that?!

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They both leer and their greeting isn’t innocent

Two men in a light blue truck are parked on Piedmont Ave. every Monday through Friday, from approximately 6:25 a.m. to 6:50 a.m.

For the past year, the younger man in the passenger side has said “Hola” EVERY. SINGLE. DAMN. MORNING.

They both leer and their greeting isn’t innocent.

One morning they called me “creida”.

Yesterday morning, the older driver met me across the street and began to pull his penis out of his pants to either pisa, ejaculate and/or flash me.

I told him to fuck off.

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It was super creepy and made me feel uncomfortable in my own workplace.

A man in his thirties walked up behind me in the office cafeteria and started hissing like a snake.

When I turned around he said, “Did I scare you?”

I didn’t realize what was happening, so I just pretended to laugh and walked away.

It was super creepy and made me feel uncomfortable in my own workplace.

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quit harassing women

Douchebros told lady sitting next to me to smile.

She was brave enough to yell at them to quit harassing women.

I decided I wanted a little more satsfaction.

So I walked over to the corner and told THEM to smile.

Happy coincidence that he was stupid enough to do it.

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I was so freaked out

I’m originally from Europe and I grew up walking or taking public transportation in the city.

When I moved to LA I was lucky enough to find a job within 10 min. drive from my apartment so I decided to walk to the office. The office was on San Vicente/Wilshire Blvd, and I had to walk on San Vicente for about 30 min to get to it.

There wasn’t a single day I wouldn’t get cat calls.

I found that to be rude and annoying but I ignored it.

Then one day a car stopped behind me and started to follow me slowly (at 8am in the morning). I got alarmed and the guy drove off only to wait for me on the next intersection and then followed me slowly again. I had my phone out and started to dial 911. He saw that I was about to make a call and drove off. I was freaked out for the rest of the day.

I continued to walk to work after this incident for couple of weeks but then another one happened…

One of the residential homes had some kind of construction going on and I passed the same workers every morning. Again, there was more catcalling.

One day, one of the guys tried to approach me and talk to me. I tried to politely ignore him as I continued walking. The next day his truck pulls up by my apartment (which was not even close to where they were working), and he shouts out of his window “so, this is where you live?”.

Let’s say that that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. I was so freaked out and I haven’t been walking to the office since. This happened in 2010.

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Exposing himself

Man exposing himself to females walking on the street.

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it’s very annoying and super unpleasant

walking home there’s always cat calling, unnecessary remarks, following cars. it’s very annoying and super unpleasant

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