I’m a frequent follower of numerous street harassment blogs (including this one) and I’ve been reading and commenting on the one about the “Boys & Girls Club Scammer.” What will it take to get him caught?
Anyway, I just remembered something that happened back in December. I was volunteering for Christmas, and I took the bus to McPherson Square Station, headed home for the evening. I noticed that there was this guy, with a binder, talking to an older woman about some charity. (It was dark outside, so why is he trying to hustle then?) I tried to scurry to the Metro because I got the feeling he’d try to talk to me or “holla,” but I wasn’t quick enough.
“Excuse me miss, can I talk to you for a moment?” he asks. I curtly respond “No, you may not!”
“Damn, girl, you mean,” he says. My response was, “That’s not mean…it’s called having some place to be!”
“A’ight, that’s cool. I like your dreads, though,” he said. I can’t remember how I responded at that point (or if I responded at all) and I went about my way. I hadn’t thought of it since.
The B&G scam stories started before this December incident, but no clear description was given of him until recently. I’ve noticed there were mentions of him having dreads and carrying a binder. The guy at McPherson also had dreads and was carrying a binder, and it makes me wonder.
Granted, there are a lot of guys in the DC area with dreads and a lot of corner hustlers and scam artists, so he could’ve been a whole different person. Also, this was at McPherson, not at Farragut Square or Dupont like the other stories noted. But if this was the B&G scammer, I’d feel awful if I let him “get away.”
I sometimes am in the Dupont and Farragut Square areas, and I’ve been on the lookout for this guy when I was, but hadn’t seen anyone fitting his description when I was there.
I think getting a photo of this guy is important (not worth risking one’s safety, but only if you feel comfortable doing it), because that photo could be made into flyers to post in the areas he harasses at so more people could be aware of him and be on the lookout for him. Also, maybe seeing himself on those flyers could scare him straight and stop him from doing this.
All said, I am sick of hearing about this guy continuously harassing women and hope it stops soon
Submitted by Golden Silence on 6/24/2010
Location: McPherson Square Metro (14th & I)
Time of Harassment: Evening Rush Hour (3:30-7:30P)
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