Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bus Report #405

For years I've taken the 22 Fillmore with an older man, a 60+, starting to bald, pale white guy with John Lennon glasses. He always has an overstuffed messenger style bag and a blue zip up coat, no matter the weather.
I used to think he was friends with a few of the older ladies on the bus, but recently I've noticed a slightly disturbing pattern with this guy.
He will always go out of his way to sit next to, chat up, and ogle any black girl or woman on the bus. There could be rows and rows of empty seats but he always manages to sit next to women or girls who are by themselves. I've seen him do this to girls as young as 14 or 15, up to ladies who have got at least a decade on him.
He's not even a good conversationalist: mostly he comments on something obvious and waits for a reply. There are a couple of older ladies that tolerate him and his advances, but it just doesn't seem right to me.
It bothers me, because for the most part these girls and women are just minding their own business and getting ready for school or work, and here comes this creepy guy who sits right next to them and tries to start a conversation.
Or worse: yesterday he sat in the seat in front of me but sat sideways so he was facing a 20-something woman who sat across the aisle from me. He sat perfectly still, staring right at her for the better part of 15 minutes. He obviously wanted her to say something, but she was smart: she started reading her book and had headphones on so she could tune him out if he talked to her.
It was uncomfortable, and I was not the one getting ogled.


Anonymous Kathryn said...

Creepy! Isn't it weird how we have these people in our lives that we know by sight and start to notice things about because we travel the same routes as them but we don't actually know them?

3:42 PM  

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