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“Is spitting harassment worth calling the cops?”

by Prince Of Petworth March 6, 2017 at 1:15 pm 20 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

There’s a whiteish skinned man with freckles on 18th Street near California almost every day that I walk by to work around 10am. He loiters in that area wearing a white cap (looks religious), big black coat and backpack, carrying a large trashbag in each hand.

He tries to spit on me, at least in my direction, every time I walk by. When I try to cross the steet before reaching him, if he spots me, he actually will pursue and cross the street as well.

I really don’t know what to do. Is spitting harassment worth calling cops? I noticed he doesn’t spit on men, and I have never seen other women around to know if he spits on other women or not. I’m female in my early thirties. What can I do?”

Ed. Note: You may wish to connect with the DC Mental Health Mobile Response Team.


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