Blue Line Harasser

Last night I was riding the blue line home. I was reading so I missed my stop and jumped on the train heading back toward downtown. I had to wait a few minutes, and a guy came up to me and asked me a few questions about the book I was reading. I briefly answered making it pretty clear that reading was my number one priority. I get on the train and the same guy sits behind me. Now, he isn’t engaging me in conversation, but mumbling to himself about red hair and violent actions. I jumped off at the next stop, but was pretty freaked out one the walk home.

Submitted by Kari on 9/14/2010

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3 responses to “Blue Line Harasser

  1. How exactly is this harassment? How do you know that he was talking to you, or for that matter remotely aware of you? For all you know, he was schizophtrenic.

  2. Um, she’s got red hair, and he sat right behind her on the train and was mumbling about red hair and violent acts. I had the same thing happen enough to me when I used to ride the Shame Train (the Santa Clara County Transit bus system) to know that, whether or not he’s schizophrenic, he was aiming the behavior at her in order to command her attention. I know how this works. When I would move to a different part of the bus, the man would follow. It was pointedly directed at ME. Same with Kari’s harasser.

    And by the way, I don’t think that “That’s not harassment, won’t someone please think about the poor MEN already” comments are truly welcome here. Just sayin’…

  3. Also, even if he was schizophrenic, this is still about her experience. If genuine harassment were not so rampant she might not be so quick to perceive mental illness as threatening to her safety. But it was pretty clear he was more than “remotely aware” of her since he had bugged her about her book and she rejected him–the jump from rejection to muttering threatening, perhaps incoherent comments is not big.

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