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Not Always Friendly: Friends and Strangers

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 16, 2014, 3:07 PM
Convenience Store | Somerset, NJ, USA | Family & Kids, Liars/Scammers, Strangers

(My four-year-old niece has earned a dollar for helping out at home. She is quite excited, and has been carrying this bill with her all day. Her father stops at a local convenience store, and she brings her dollar bill inside with them. They are going to the register, when she realizes she has dropped her bill in the candy aisle. As she goes to retrieve it, a man with a female companion grabs it off the ground.)

Man: “Here’s my dollar! I must have dropped it!”

(My niece looks to her dad, shocked.)

Niece: “Daddy? That’s my dollar.”

Man: “Nope. I dropped a dollar bill right here. This one is mine. Right, honey?”

Female Companion: “Oh, it’s definitely yours. Shame on you, little girl.”

(My niece is tragically disappointed and confused. Her face is crumpled in defeat and she is near tears.)

Niece’s Father: “Humor me for a second. Hand that bill over to the cashier.”

Man: “Why? It’s mine!”

Niece’s Father: “Then you’ll get it back in just a second. Just humor me, okay?”

(The man reluctantly hands the bill over to the cashier.)

Niece’s Father: “[Niece], tell the man what numbers are on that bill.”

(My niece proudly repeats a string of numbers.)

Niece’s Father: “Sir? What is the serial number on that dollar?”

Cashier: *reads off the same numbers my niece just said from memory*

(My niece is ecstatic. As her father looks at the man and woman, they can’t even look him in the eye, and they rush out without a word. The best part? My niece bought her candy and the cashier was so impressed that he gave it to her for free so she could keep the dollar!)

School | UK | LGBTQ

(My friend is asexual. We are discussing the idea of a nightclub catering mostly to asexual people.)

Friend: “Woah!”

Me: “What?”

Friend: “It could have strippers who go on stage and get dressed!”

Me: “Woah…”

home | TX, USA | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids, Holidays

(Every year at Christmas, my family makes large batches of treats: peanut brittle, cheeseballs, fudge, brownies, and that’s just a beginning list of the goodies we tend to make. Because my budget is tight, I’ve made my best friend and her family a huge basket with a large amount of all these treats I’ve made from scratch and carried it over the night before Christmas.)

Friend’s Daughter: “Ooh, yay, goodies! I love your goodies.”

Me: *laughing* “Well, feel free to dig in. Just remember you have to share. I wish I could have given you guys more, but my bank account is really tight, so this is all the Christmas I could give.”

Friend: “I understand that.” *goes into a tangent of all the expensive things she bought her three kids: smartphones, new game systems, new expensive shoes…*

Me: “Ah, yeah, I didn’t even have money to get my car repaired. I’m scared it’s going to break on me soon.”

Friend: “Oh, I’m sorry.” *doesn’t sound sorry at all* “I just got a brand new car myself. I’m so excited. [Husband] surprised me with it, but the payments are so high on it.”

Friend’s Daughter: “There’s only food in here. Where’s the presents?”

Me: “Those are the presents. I made all of those for you guys to enjoy for Christmas.”

Friend’s Daughter: “That’s just sweets. Why didn’t you get me presents?”

Me: *really hurt* “You know, I don’t remember you buying me a present, young lady. I remember I bought you that really nice jewelry kit for your birthday two months ago and your brother got that full collection of movies from me.”

Friend: “That was their birthday, though. I can’t believe you didn’t buy any presents! That’s rude, [My Name)!”

Me: *smiles and picks up the basket of sweets* “You’re right. It totally was. I also noticed that you didn’t bother to buy me anything this year, either. Or the year before. Or the year before that. I’ll just remember how rude I was to bring you this large basket of food for Christmas.”

Friend’s Daughter: “No! Bring the fudge back!”

(I left with everything and haven’t talked to her or her family in over a year. Apparently, she’s mad at me for ruining her children’s Christmas.)

home | Bay Area, CA, USA | Extra Stupid, Geography, Transportation

(I am talking on the phone with a friend. We both live in California, but I am planning on going to university on Oahu. Previously, I have been to Oahu once, on vacation. I have just gotten a new skateboard and am learning how to ride it.)

Friend: “So, what did you do today?”

Me: “Practiced my skateboard a little. I still don’t really know how to turn it, but at least I didn’t fall.”

Friend: “How are you gonna skateboard in Hawaii?”

Me: “Oh, I’m just going to bring my skateboard in my luggage. It’s small enough to fit.”

Friend: “No, I mean how are you going to actually ride it? Hawaii is all sand!”

Me: “… What?”

Friend: *entirely serious* “It’s an island! It’s all sand!”

Drugstore | Austin, TX, USA | Bizarre/Silly, Strangers

(I’m shopping when I see a stranger looking really down.)

Me: “How are you doing today?”

Stranger: “Well, you know, some days are okay, and some days you want to jump off a cliff?”

Me: “Oh, honey, don’t do that. Push someone over first, so you have something to land on when you fall.”

Stranger: *grins*

Mall | Gold Coast, QLD, Australia | Health & Body, Rude & Risque, Strangers

(I’m in a shopping centre. I have bandages on one of my knees from my kitten scratching me. I’m minding my own business, and overhear two women gossiping about the people around them, quite loudly. I’m standing right near them, and notice them pointing directly at me.)

Woman: “Bandages on the knees? You know what that means!”

(I turn around and smile.)

Me: “That I have a better social life than you?”

(They both looked mortified, and I got a high-five from a guy who had overheard.)

Mall | Orlando, FL, USA | Bigotry, Family & Kids, Religion, Strangers

(I have blue hair and dress kind of gothic. I overhear this when passing a lady.)

Child: “Mommy, why are you crying?”

Mother: *gestures to me* “Because that lady is going to Hell, and that makes Mommy sad.”

home | Edmonton, AB, Canada | Bizarre/Silly, Religion

(My roommate and I are at home, and he is annoyed at an ongoing situation at work. He’s pacing the living room while I’m playing a game on the computer.)

Roommate: *turning his head upwards* “Lord, why hast thou forsaken me?!”

Me: “Probably the sins.”

Roommate: “Oh, right. The sins.”

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