“I really appreciated their kindness and looking out.”

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A reader wishes to convey this public thank you to two riders on the Red Line Friday night:

“I really appreciated their kindness and looking out. Hope to run into them again sometime.”

“To the two ladies on the Redline train Friday night who were kind enough to chat with me when the older gentleman was too (uncomfortably) talkative, thank you. I really appreciate your approach and apologize for not being more responsive. Exhausted after a week of work travel but will not forget your kindness and will be sure to pay it forward.

–The girl who got off at Woodley Park Station”

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  • That’s very awesome. Part of me always wants to tell these dudes to back off but when it happens, it’s usually when I’m tired or don’t feel like dealing. I wish society could have a collective word that you can say when dudes are street harassing. Cause stop and ignoring and being cold don’t work. Like a societal safe word so we don’t have to be constantly on our guard cause #notallmenlol, right?

    • Ha, that would work if more people cared enough to help. This happened to me during morning rush on a crowded green/yellow platform at Gallery Place, and while many people (men and women) were giving the guy the side eye and I made panicked eye contact with several of them, no one helped me out. Even when the guy grabbed my arm and I shouted, “don’t touch me!” no one intervened. Luckily for me, an MTPD officer happened to have been on the platform, and when I backed away from the guy and he took a step towards me, before I knew what was happening, the officer had pushed the guy away from me. I would have stepped in if I saw that happening to someone. People, please, watch out for this and do something! Most of the time, all it takes is for someone else to approach for these guys to back off.

    • F*ck politeness in these situations. No, we don’t have to smile. No, we don’t have to be appreciative that you’re talking to us or paid us a compliment. Get up and walk away.

  • That’s something that this old lady tries to be aware of – when young women near me are being made uncomfortable, or even threatened. Nice thing about being an old lady is that people expect you to add oddly, so when I have gone and sat between a young woman and seemingly menacing guy, it’s not seen as overtly threatening. Guys in both cases I’ve done this have moved on, and women in both cases thankful.

    I know I run the risk of getting in the middle of nothing bad (or worse, odd flirting). But again, being an old lady I figure people can move along together & have a fun meeting story, or even ask me to move away. But I think it’s on all of us to help out if we see people in potential trouble situations.

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