I walk to work. It makes sense that I also walk home. During this twice-daily routine, I have become the Jane Goodall of the teenage ape, observing the behavior they display while in cars.
The standard scenarios
One teenager (driver) = no response. Too busy texting.
Two teenagers (driver and friend) = no response. Too busy “car dancing” to loud music.
Three or more teenagers (driver and friends) = propensity to act like an ass and yell stupid things at pedestrians they pass.
Verbal abuse I have received
“Merry Christmas!” Presumably the first thing that came to the young girl’s mind as she no doubt felt pressured by friends to roll down her window and yell something at me. It set me in a fine mood. I like Christmas, and felt jolly the remaining three blocks home. I am especially looking forward to this Christmas because I no longer work in retail, or a bakery.
“You F**king B***h!” I don’t see how the four teenage boys could possibly determine any of that about me as they drove by. At no time, during the three seconds I was on their radar, did I do anything which suggested this might be an accurate description.
“Kiss My Ass!” Even at 25 mph, which is not that high of a rate of a speed, I just don’t think this is something to offer up to a pedestrian from a car. I can’t possibly see this working.
“Glrbrqrb!” This young genius actually forgot to roll down his window, and so I could not make out what it was he was trying to yell at me as the carload of hooligans drove by, his face pressed up against the window. It was probably the most astute thing he’d said all week, frankly, and his face no doubt left a grease smear on the glass.
“I Love Hamburgers!” I have no idea. I, too, like hamburgers.
“Get A Car!” I have a car. I just don’t carry one on me all the time.
“Hey, Fatass!” Thanks. Hope you feel better about your horrible acne now that you’ve insulted my appearance.
It takes a great deal of courage to yell something random and insulting to one person walking down the sidewalk completely minding her own business going to and from work, helping out the economy and paying the taxes so these little jerk weeds can go to school for free.