I was walking home from the Potomac Ave metro when a car coming towards me slowed down in the middle of the street. The guy rolled down his window and said “excuse me”, but I continued to walk on and figured if he was asking for directions he’d follow up with a question. Instead, he said, “I’ve got to tell you, you are gorgeous”.
I continued to walk on, and he yelled out “Aren’t you going to thank me?” When I still didn’t respond, he got angry and said “Fine, f*ck you, bitch”. Since when were women expected to be thankful of unsolicited compliments from people they don’t even know or want to know and are trying to ignore?! This isn’t the first time I was expected to thank a stranger for their supposed compliment. A DC street cleaner also got angry that I didn’t thank him in that same neighborhood a few months back.
Submitted by anonymous on 3/15/2009
Location: 14th & D SE
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