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Yelled at from a passing car when walking on the street.
A guy (in a group of guys my friend and I had to squeeze through on the sidewalk) got right in my face and threatened, “I bet I can run faster than you.” I told him to “get the fuck away from me” and we kept walking. He shouted things like “racist white bitch” and “fucking dykes” until we were a block away.
One night, me and my girlfriend were headed downtown to SoHo to a dance club by taxi. The ride was going well, or so we thought. When we reached our destination, and it was time to pay, the fare was about $12.00. My girlfriend got out of the cab, and I handed the driver a twenty dollar bill. He took my money, and I was waiting for my change. Suddenly, he said “you only gave me a ten dollar bill.” I said “no, I gave you a twenty dollar bill.” I was positive that I gave him a twenty! Suddenly, he became extremely angry and started driving down the street with the door open!! As soon as the car stopped, I got out and stood behind his car, shocked. Then, he ran over to me, slapped me in the face, which knocked my glasses off and called me a bitch! I was startled by the sudden assault and instinctively put my glasses back on. Before he sped away like a maniac, I looked at his license plate. I saw the numbers and letters, and started to memorize them! I grabbed a pen out of my pocketbook and a scrap of paper and managed to write the numbers and letters down! Then, I quickly called 911.
The police arrived fast, and I explained to them what happened. They made a police report, and gave me a copy. They seemed pleased with me that I had acted so fast. Later, I called TLC, and told them what happened (the next day). Next thing I knew, we were both in TLC court with a judge. The cab driver was behaving very strangely, and kept threatening me and interrupting the judge! I won the case, and he got in serious trouble! They took his license away because it turned out that he had prior violations! I was so happy that this crazy, violent bastard would be taken off of the road so he couldn’t hurt other people! I was traumatized by this incident, and was afraid to ride alone in taxis for a long time.
This happened many years ago, but still to this day, I still have gotten sexually harassed by drivers. I’m a much bolder person, so if it happens, I tell the sexist jerks to pull over and let me out! I also tell them off, and threaten to call the police! I am very proud of myself for quickly taking action and reporting these horrible men. Its a crying shame that these degenerates harass us women who are PAYING CUSTOMERS! I urge all women to not put up with the slightest bit of ABUSE from these drivers!
Every now and then when boarding the 65 bus I get a bus driver who normally wears black sunglasses (that day he wasn’t) He usually likes to leer at young women, such as myself and drives kind of recklessly. Prior to boarding I felt his eyes burn into me through the front bus windows but didn’t think anything would happen. Anyways, I stepped on, routinely emptied my change and patiently awaited for him to give me a pass. He then rips the pass off and I firmly say “Thank you.” as I tried to pull it out of his hand. I keep pulling at the bus pass within his grip over and over and over and over and over while he sits there trying to get a good look at me. While Im trying to get the pass I keep saying “Thank you.” Suddenly the buss pass rips and I move to the side near the passenger seats to let others walk past me and to store the broken pass in my purse. Upon moving away I could have sworn I heard him call me a “Crazy something” while laughing.
I marched back over to him and said “IF I GIVE YOU MONEY THEN YOU ARENT SUPPOSED TO WITHOLD THAT FROM ME.” I even said it again, just in case he hadn’t heard me the first time. Everyone sitting in the front heard me. And the bus driver just pretended like I hadn’t said anything, staring off into traffic. He never apologized for his behavior nor went out of his way to give me a new pass. While awaiting to get off at my stop I felt pretty nauseated by watching him be overly friendly with the especially young women that boarded the bus. Helping with their bags, making small talk, and touching them when saying goodbye like he had been friends with them for years.
After they got off at their stops he would give them all a creepy stare down until they crossed the street. Checking out their butts and boobs like an animal in heat. When I got off he was super quiet. I wanted to yell “Thanks, Asshole.”
Caught this creep taking pictures of a girl’s legs. He realized I caught him and hopped out of the train.
Told I was “f-d up” by a man who has been yelling countless insults at passers by for the past month or so.
(Both incidents occurred on the same day)
I was walking to dinner around 10 PM on a Friday night in Midtown when a male passerby said: “You’re the kind of girl I’m looking for to fuck”.
Earlier in the day: I had been shopping for hours because I was leaving for India the next day to see family. So, I was exhausted and lugging massive Macys bags. A man followed me for almost 5 mins repeating, “Miss you’re so pretty, can I have your number”. Even though I told him that I was not interested and yelled at him to leave me alone, he persisted. I had to eventually duck into a store and leave through their 2nd entrance.
There have also been countless incidents when men have yelled out “fucking foreigners” to my mom and I. We are South Asian and my mom usually wears South Asian clothes. I cannot tell you how infuriating and helpless it feels when racist shit is yelled at my parents.
I was running with my headphones on, and I passed by a man a few blocks before I had to stop at an intersection and wait for the light to change. He caught up to me at the intersection and asked me, “can’t you go any faster, you passed me three blocks ago.” I should mention that this man was definitely not a fellow runner. He told me how hot I looked in my shorts. I tried to ignore him and pretend like a I couldn’t hear him. When the light changed, he started to run after me through the intersection and to the other side. I said “leave me alone” and he shouted and cursed at me, and said he’d seen better train wrecks. He couldn’t follow me because I run too fast, but the route was an “out and back” run and I had to pass through the same intersection on the way back – I was so nervous the whole time that he would be waiting for me when I came back. Ugh.
This man was upset that I made “zero fucking eye contact” & proceeded to say he didn’t want my nasty ass camel toe anyways. When I walked back & said, Just please have some respect,” he got very upset saying he could fuck me up and threatening to hit me. (So I snapped a photo.) When I got upset, he whipped out his phone & proceeded to record me and kept saying, let’s see them tears, fuck you I don’t care, I don’t need to respect you, cunt. STFU, bitch. Etc. etc. Continued to threaten me.
I was waiting to cross the road when this man walking in my direction tried to get my attention by shouting at me “excuse me, miss” three times, increasingly getting louder as he approaches me and sees I’m trying to walk away. I bolt for it across the street and he laughs at me saying “I just wanted to say you look beautiful”. Ummmm it’s dark out and you were too far away to see my face. Wtf