Last week one morning on my way to work, I saw a real life pedophile...in action. Now I'm no prude, and I'm definitely not naiive...you see it all in this city. Especially when exposed to the throngs of people on public transit everyday in a city of three million. You see everything....people having sex at 3:00 in the morning, smoking pot, eating sushi, ugly people, beautiful people, fancy people, poor people, and rich people. You hear people having arguments on the phone, talking to one another about very private details, hitting on one another, laughing at someone across the aisle, et cetera, et cetera. However, nothing has ever turned my stomach like it did at 8:00 when I was on the subway. This 50ish guy, who got on at my same stop, and sat across from me (so we were facing each other over the aisle) was acting very strangely...he had a tick, and he kept staring very intensely at other people...I mean really gazing. Everyone was taking notice. Then every few seconds he would let out a very sharp cough, causing nearly everyone around him to jump; myself included. Everytime he would let this out, I'd look up at him from my paper because he was not covering his mouth. When he coughed, he looked like a cat choking on a hairball the way his tongue flapped out of his mouth. He instantly gave me the creeps in this way. When a teenaged girl got on a few stops later, she sat right next to him....I wanted to warn her but there was no way!
Eventually, it started getting much more crowded, and I could no longer see the man sitting right across from me. I did, however, catch a glimpse of him moving his hand onto the girl's leg! My eyes were probably huge, and then before I knew it, the girl got up and got off the train at the next stop...very abruptly, and there was a slight commotion caused by the people standing. I can only imagine what might have occured; people kept blocking my view, but when it was all over, I noticed the man staring at me again, through a small gap in the people standing between us. Ayyorrrannnghghhh.....it gave me major chills, so I got of the train a few stops early and walked the rest of the way to the office. People like this make me want to vomit! A lot! What is wrong with you??!!
Then on my way home that evening, I thought I spied this old man taking a picture of me with his camera phone...although I'm pretty sure I was just being paranoid.
Compassionate Resistance for 5/29/17
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