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Verbal abuse from a complete stranger in the street

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Today, I was shocked to see a young man hanging around the aisles in my local supermarket.  As women in the forties and fifties walked by, he made snide comments about their figure or clothes.  Naturally, this prince among men targeted female shoppers who were on their own.

A few of the women ignored his comments about their figures, one answered back, saying she wondered what HE would look like in 20 or 30 years from now.  Two or three of the women he insulted just laughed at him.

I was actually quite shocked that it has become ok to taunt strangers in the supermarket.  I suppose in one respect we we're lucky that at least he didn't have a knife on him.

A stranger in the street Not just men - I've been sworn at by a woman in her twenties just for being in her way...

Come to think of it, it's not just men who are rude either.  I've been sworn at by a woman in her twenties just for being in her way.  The same thing happens on trains, in train stations and other public places.  When did it suddenly become okay to ridicule somebody you don't even know - someone who isn't doing anyone any harm?

I know that these name callers are cowards.  I know that it may seem like a harmless bit of fun to them.  The truth is though, that it is actually a form of bullying which is becoming all too prevalent in today's society.

Just as I hate hearing loud swearing on trains when there are elderly people around, I deplore the trend of 'happy slapping', but this is a new one - picking on middle aged women for not being in such good shape anymore!  I am ashamed of the way our society has become and think the only way out is to move overseas.

By: Phil "I will have vengeance in this life or the next"


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Lisa

Lisa

I had this done to me many times especially by men I'm usually mortified by their behaviour no need to shout abuse to people I remember walking home one day few years ago and a group of young lads thought it was clever to yell and shout abuse from their car at me I was alone walking home. Group of 3 or 4 young men embarrassing and completely out of order I'm sick of people saying it could be their mental health conditions well I suffer from panic attacks anxiety ocd clusterphobia paranoia I have never use swear words at any stranger or shout abuse at anyone at all no excuse for it at all. To many people with to much time on their hands who thinks its clever to do this kind of thing I feel unsafe walking alone in the street. I do think that the government needs to be much more tougher on street harrassment people who do this should have £1000 fine if they do it again it should increase to £3000 if they do it again give them 6 months prison hard labour stop their money for 6 months and give them either community service unpaid work or make them do hard labour of some sort. I'm sick of this county being too soft on criminals. People these days just dont have no respect for anyone respect and consideration have gone out of the window. We used to have the berch bring it back
27/01 Lisa
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Lil

Lil

I regularly get this where I live in shops and public transport and at bus stations it's horrible rude disrespectful behaviour all you can do is shug it off and move away from the abuse I had some one complete stranger verbally abuse me in my local co op shop yesterday it was reported to the co op staff immediately. It's horrible and I feel sorry for anyone caught up receiving end of abuse verbal or physical its bang out of order. It's not just young people it can be anyone abusing others more then likely older men three times now i been on the receiving end of verbal abuse by men in their 60s 70s
11/08 Lil
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Openureyes

Openureyes

The pathetic ending: 'the only way out is moving overseas'. What? So you think this only happens in your country?
Come on!
24/05/17 Openureyes
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Badade

Badade

This really has become a very common behaviour of the younger crowd. The other day one fellow came up to me and started wanted to see my baby and was asking questions about her. When i asked why he wants to know he bad mouthed me and started walking off...i also gave him a piece of my mind. But this got me into thinking that this is the norm now. People are used to get stuff so easily that they have no idea how to be civilized anymore..
19/10/15 Badade
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dandelion0709

dandelion0709

I've never come across people being rude to strangers, or strangers being rude to me for no reason, except once, some kids were fishing on the river bank, and I was crossing a bridge, and one hurled a stone at me, which would have given me a decent injury had it hit me, but it hit the railings on the bridge instead.
I would be really fearful if people started abusing me in the supermarket or in another public place, or if a stranger insulted another stranger.
I must admit, I try to keep clear of crowded places or busy places though, and I am glad I do, as I would hate it if this became more common for me.
04/08/15 dandelion0709
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Smart lady

Smart lady

No Phil (below comment)
He was probably a yob or chav to be honest.
Get you're facts right.
10/06/14 Smart lady
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Phil -not that one

Phil -not that one

The guy in the supermarket was probably an immigrant. He feels like a fish out of water and has taken to alcohol abuse. This makes him lash out at women who remind him of his mother and the life he left behind in Poland - probably.
The remedy is to stop all immigration. You don't need swathes of unskilled immigrants when there are two and a half million unemployed in this country. Problem solved. Happy shopping!
05/05/14 Phil -not that one
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Just Awful

Just Awful

I've witnessed this type of thing before and the shocking thing is that some adult bystanders think it's funny. No wonder these kind of people think it's OK to act this way!

Nasty little bullies they are.
08/02/14 Just Awful
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Dave Plant

Dave Plant

But the same is true of this web site. People express an opinion often with facts and they are then insulted because somebody doesn't share the same view, but doesn't back it up with counter evidence.

My point is if your going to insult someone then clearly you have suffered from a poor education. If you disagree with someones statements then rationaly produce counter evidence is a polite way. Who knows you may change options.
05/02/14 Dave Plant
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got my ticket

got my ticket

I think the real problem is that all the power in Britain has been handed over to 3 groups: firstly, the EU with all its 'human rights' nonsense; secondly, the upper stratum of politicians, bankers and the like - all enjoying their expenses and bonuses. The third group is the Jeremy Kyle candidates who have got the free time and dole money to cause problems for their neighbours and people in supermarkets and on buses. That leaves the middle class, educated, tax-paying grafters who end up paying for everything and have been squeezed out.
05/02/14 got my ticket
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hairyfairy

hairyfairy

What can we expect when they closed all the mental hospitals, for what`s laughingly called "care in the community", just a euphamism for dumping all the lunatics onto the streets!
26/01/14 hairyfairy
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The Singing Nun

The Singing Nun

A swift punch in the gob usually does the trick...
20/01/14 The Singing Nun
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witsend

witsend

Was he just being a prat or could he be suffering with tourettes. Some people have mild forms of the illness.

Doesn't excuse him but might give a reason as to his behaviour.

Normally I would respond with 'and you're ugly, I can change my dress or weight but what can you do. I feel so sorry for you'
06/01/14 witsend
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Partridge

Partridge

Ah, fantasy gripe time again. Stick with real events please.
04/01/14 Partridge
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Anon

Anon

I was in M&S trying on a blue jacket and a middle aged woman walked right up to me and said in a tone of utmost sincerity in a professional tone of voice: "that jacket does your awful figure no favours at all." She looked like a middle class middle manager type and it just seemed so odd that someone like that would say something so rude and cutting in a tone that would suggest she was trying to be helpful. I felt so annoyed, as she swept past me, I ended up making a complaint. If I had spotted her again I would have been very tempted to wallop her one. If some loud mouth chav had shouted it out I would have felt far less offended.
04/01/14 Anon
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