“complimenting”

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Sadly, this is the second harassment story I’m posting to this site.

I went to Five Guys for a burger and fries on my lunch break in the middle of a week day. I was starving and just wanted to stuff my face with delicious food, but I had an interaction with an employee there that creeped me out.

When I walked up to the restaurant, an employee of the burger joint was standing outside on a break or something, I assume. He looked me up and down a couple times as I was walking toward the door, then mumbled something at me as I was entering the building. I wasn’t quite sure what he said, but I thought it was something like, “you have pretty eyes.” Harmless enough? Whatever, I was on a mission for that burger.

I went in to place my order. While I was doing that, the same guy that had been looking me up and down came back in to work and came behind the counter. For some reason he took over the transaction from the other person that was helping me, and was just kind of staring at me. It was really creepy. Then he started making comments to me, “complimenting” me on my looks. “Hey, pretty eyes” started to sound a lot weirder in that context. I paid for my food and waited for it on the other side of the room, away from the counter. Five minutes feels like a long time when you know someone is staring at you.

Finally the food came up, and I went on my way. The guy followed me out the door and shouted more “compliments” at me as I walked down the street, concluding with “Bye, pretty eyes! Come back and see me, I’ll be here waitin’ for ya.”

Ummmmmm… No.

Next time I’ll be talking to your manager(s). I wish I had that day.

Submitted by A on 11/24/2010

Location: 1645 Connecticut Ave NW

Time of Harassment: Time (9:30A-3:30P)

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3 responses to ““complimenting”

  1. Sorry for your creepy experience! It’s not too late to call his manager.

  2. Next time I’ll be talking to your manager(s).

    There doesn’t need to be a “next time” to report this guy. You’ve got the time, date, location and a description of the harasser, so you can call that Five Guys and let the manager know when you’re ready. It doesn’t matter if it’s after the fact—that guy should be held accountable for his actions. What he did was unprofessional.

  3. I agree with Golden Silence–if you feel like you want to do something, you should call that Five Guys and talk to the manager.

    Or if you would rather send an email or call the Five Guys Corporate’s feedback line, the information is available here: http://contact.fiveguys.com/

    I’m sorry this happened to you!

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