This is a continuation of a continuation – Bewildered thread.
Only this time I wasn’t bewildered, I was totally prepared.
I saw my “friend” again today for the tenth (give or take) time over a course of the past several weeks. The same, now infamous, guy who poses as a donation-collector for the Boys & Girls Club, even though they do not have street recruiters, (I have called twice to ensure this).
I’ve learned a few lessons from this guy –
Experience 1 – Don’t always trust street recruiters – he sexually harassed me the first time around.
Experience 2 – Calling him out in front of someone he is trying to solicit for a donation will not deter him from coming back. He will just cuss at you and go on about his business.
Experience 3 & 4 – Calling the police (twice, on two different occasions) will not work.
So this time I decided to get crafty and I was ready for him…
Today I saw him talking to a guy in the same spot outside of the Dupont Metro. I’ve wanted to take a picture of him for a while now and at first I thought I would be discreet about it but I could not seem to get close enough for a good shot. I assumed he would recognize me since I’ve seen him SEVERAL times now. However, I got a few feet away and pretended to play with my phone with my camera ready to go and he turned and asked if I wanted to help kids. I looked up at him and looked for a sign that he recognized me. He didn’t.
I raised my phone to take a picture and said “sorry, what’s that?” with as much nonchalance as I could muster and took a picture.
He proceeded to give me the same story, completely unfazed by my taking him picture. “Have you donated to the Boys & Girls Club?” he asked.
“Oh yeah, I’ve worked with them before, what address do you work at?” I asked.
“Over at P and 31st, oh you’ve donated before?” he opened his arms to hug me.
No thanks,” I said and put my hands up.
He stepped back, “Respect, respect,” he spoke quickly and mentioned that it looked like rain and handed over the sheet he always has with him.
I took it willingly and took a picture of it, too. All the while he was talking quickly both to me and I soon realized to someone he had on the phone through a headset.
I handed the paper back, said thanks and left. I turned around when I got to the escalator and saw him talking to another guy.
Does anybody have some ideas on what I can do to advise the DC area about this guy? Hollaback community unite!
Submitted by Jenna on 7/21/2010
Location: outside the Dupont Circle Metro
Time of Harassment: Evening Rush Hour (3:30P-7:30P)
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