Location: Arlington, VA; line of shops
Time: Evening Rush Hour (3:30pm-7:30pm)
This isn’t sexual harrasment. However, a group of four girls with piercings and punk clothing were smoking. There was a really obvious sign (NO SMOKING) and my friend and I decided to do something. We walked past them into the pet store while coughing really loudly and obviously. Beforehand, we had been discussing how bad smoking was for you and how secondhand smoke could kill others. My mother (who was with us, eating dinner) went and casually stood by them as if she didn’t know us and was a bystander. She heard them say, “when those girls come back, let’s blow smoke rings in their faces.” then she stood up tall and put her game face on. We came back and nothing (sic). Also, maybe now is the time to mention that they were all sharing one cigarette. Ew! Isn’t that disgusting?
Submitted on 7/14/12 by “Anonymous”
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