Category Archives: Thomas Circle

“You Look Just FINE to me!”

On Sunday, I finished up my run a few blocks from my apartment and began to walk home to cool down. About a block from home, I passed three men sitting on a curb. They smiled at me, and as I passed, sweaty and exhausted, one yelled out, “I don’t think you need to lose weight, baby! You look just FINE to me!”

As if running is just about losing weight, and as if anything I do is about looking good to stupid strangers on the street.

Submitted by Salem Pearce on 6/15/2010

Location: Massachusetts Ave NW between 13th and Thomas Circle

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“At least I cost him a soda.”

Photo by b0r0da via flickr

This morning on my way to work, at Logan Circle, which is already a touch and
go circle where cars just cut across the bike lane without looking, some
guy on the curb makes grabby hands at me and makes a slurping
sound.
I. have. had. it.
I turned around and chased him up the street and I said “excuse me. Did you
have something to say to me?”
He smirks and says “I was just drinking my soda.”
I smacked it our of his hands and said “well quit it, because a lot
of people find that offensive.”
He was like “little girl, you better watch youself.”
I said “why? because you’re going to hit me? I could take your skinny ass
down like a bag of flour, you smarmy piece of . I EVER see you harass
anyone else and you lose an eyeball, I’m not kidding.”

Then he kept making like he was going to hit me, so I stood there arms out
and said, “cool, you totally get the first punch, let’s go.”

He says “turn around.”
Seriously. I was like “you’re too wussy to hit me when I can hit back? I
figured. You’re lucky I am late for work.”

And I got on my bike and left. At least I cost him a soda.

Submitted by AtMyStreetHarassmentBreakingPoint on 5/21/2010

Location: Thomas Circle

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Why I No Longer Say Hello

I know this does not compare to other stories you have published, but this is a great annoyance of mine. I am not a fan of talking to people I don’t know on the streets, but the insistence that I should respond to any random guy who tries to talk to me is a pain in the butt.

Photo by takomabibelot via flickr

Photo by takomabibelot via flickr

Earlier this morning I walked to the train station, and these rowdy teenage boys were walking on the other side of the street and in the opposite direction.

“HOWYA DOIN’?” they yell at me. I ignore them.
“WE SAID, ‘HOWYA DOIN’?” they said again, even louder than the first time.

The fact that I wasn’t interested in giving them a reply didn’t stop them. They then start yelling “WOO! WOO!” at me. Finally I said something.

“Stop yelling at me from across the street!” I said. “That is tacky!” After that they left me alone.

Location: NE DC

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