“I Just Wanted to Be Able to Walk Into a Store Without Being Hollered At!”

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“I Just Wanted to Be Able to Walk Into a Store Without Being Hollered At!”

Location: Peets Coffee & Tea at 17th & L NW (Farragut North)
 Daytime (9:30am-3:30pm)

I feel terrible. I just walked into Peets and let the manager know about the homeless man sitting outside. He’s not disturbing anyone, just reading a book at the table. This man has, in the past, harassed me on several occasions. He’s called me a selfish fat bitch for refusing to give him money when I had a Starbucks cup in my hand. He’s called me a jealous fat bitch when I questioned him for catcalling another woman. Still, the idea that I just further stigmatized homeless by asking management to make him leave..I feel terrible. Is there something else I could have done?

Submitted 7/21/14 by Anonymous.

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