Power Play

One of a gang of young men with hooded parkas smoking weed called to me from behind, I ignored them and kept walking. He carried on ‘EXCUSE ME?!, EXCUSE ME!?’ I thought maybe I’d dropped something, cos he sounded so urgent. I turned around ‘Yes?’ he said ‘how are you?’ they all laughed. I said ‘fine thanks’. He said ‘I like your knee socks’ I said ‘thanks’ sarcastically. they kept following me til I went through the barriers at Warren Street station. I’m not saying they had any intention of hurting me, I’m fairly sure they didn’t. Their intention was to dominate me, to intimidate me by taking up my time and assessing my outfit and entering my personal space, asserting their power over me. It isn’t nice. Sorry don’t have a photo, couldn’t even see them cos of their hoods. Just thought I’d share.

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  1. Erik K. says:

    Response suggestion:

    The Witless Showoff is playing to the crowd, in this case his friends. The group is bored and looking for entertainment at your expense.

    That being said, the group is just as likely to turn on and laugh at the Witless Showoff if you are able to provide a witty response that emasculates him.

    Sarcasm is passive aggressive. Assertive wit is more effective.

  2. Golden Silence says:

    One of a gang of young men with hooded parkas smoking weed called to me from behind, I ignored them and kept walking. He carried on ‘EXCUSE ME?!, EXCUSE ME!?’ I thought maybe I’d dropped something, cos he sounded so urgent.

    From my experience, guys who continuously yell “Excuse me, excuse me!” don’t want anything important. I just ignore them. I feel if they had anything important to say they’d say it as opposed to continuing to yell “Excuse me!” Those weed-smoking thugs weren’t worthy of your time.

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