I was walking to the metro at the end of the day around 6:00. I had my headphones on as usual and was pretty focused on walking when a guy came up beside me and motioned for me to take my headphones off.
I stopped, thinking he might need something. He was holding a form in his hand and I thought, oh no, it’s one of those non-profit street people trying to get me to sign up or donate something. I work for two non-profits so I know how hard it is to get people to listen so I decided to slow down and let him talk.
He backed up, looking me up and down, and said “damn you’re beautiful.”
I was shocked, not sure what to say other than, “thank you?”
He asked if I like to help give young boys and girls a chance. I said, yes, of course. When I glanced at the paper he was holding I saw “Boys and Girls Club” typed at the top. This is the only way I knew who he was with, he never told me.
He asked if he could get a hug. Still very confused I said yes. He hugged me very tightly and rubbed my back saying “oh man! you’re beautiful!” He withdrew and asked for a kiss. He kissed me on my cheek without my consent and then asked to kiss my other cheek. At this point I got my wits about me and told him if he was going to patronize me he could take the sheet back.
I walked away very bewildered, still hearing him call out behind me, “aw man, come on, but you’re so beautiful!”
Submitted by Jenna on 4/6/2010
Location: Connecticut Avenue near Dupont Metro
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