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Aussie Willy
07-10-2011, 11:29 PM
As I raced to get a lift at a shopping centre, some guy who was already in there made a comment about how I looked like a woman on mission to spend up big on my credit card. I was actually in a rush because I was grabbing a bite to eat before I had to go somewhere else.

Anyway my response was reply quite indignantly "Sorry but I am not your stereotypical woman". He was kind of taken aback because he thought he was being funny and made some comment about his assumption which I said was pretty bad one.

Would you react the same way? Should I have taken it with good humour or and give him the benefit of the doubt? Or should he be called to account for making a statement that is not true of all people of a certain gender?

PrincessLeppard
07-10-2011, 11:38 PM
I would've laughed it off, though to be fair, if there was a good sale, I may have been in rush to buy something. :shuffle:

You could've just said something like, "Not all women are like that, you know," without getting indignant.

genevieve
07-10-2011, 11:50 PM
I hate people who make asinine comments because they think they're being funny. I probably would have said something far more rude to him.

Tinami Amori
07-11-2011, 12:06 AM
It depends on few other factors…..

I would make a mental note that he is stereotyping. Although when there are big sales at Malls or Department stores, as we see it on TV, it is mostly women who rush the doors…

Depending on his age, appearance, facial expression, tone of voice and perhaps body language, I might have also thought he is either flirting or just being a wise arse…

If a guy in a shopping centre would say to me that I looked like a woman on a mission to spend up big on my credit card, I would say “yes, very much in a hurry to buy a new tie and cufflinks for my new handsome secretary”.

milanessa
07-11-2011, 12:13 AM
Wouldn't have bothered me at all - I probably would have just given him a genuinely quizzical smile.

smurfy
07-11-2011, 12:31 AM
I like your response. Clever. I always wonder why people say stuff like he did. So strange, makes an odd first impression.

Capella
07-11-2011, 12:47 AM
I would probably be instantly paranoid (I hate elevators, and being in one with some strange man wouldn't help) and say something about not having any money to spend, just meeting a friend who's treating for lunch. And hope he doesn't rob or kill me.

Aceon6
07-11-2011, 12:57 AM
I'm one to respond, although my on the spot ones very rarely match the one liners I come up with later. With benefit of thought "No, just racing to get the jaws of life to extricate your foot from your mouth."

Tinami Amori
07-11-2011, 12:57 AM
Wouldn't have bothered me at all - I probably would have just given him a genuinely quizzical smile.

What if he is cute and will be good for an hour of entertainment and flirting?... never hurts to say "I'll start spending now by buying you lunch... "...

orbitz
07-11-2011, 12:59 AM
You can generally tell by a person's demeanor and tone of voice if he was joking or not. If the guy was clearly going for a light-hearted moment then I think it's unnecessary to "put him in his place", so to speak, with some smart-alecky reply; It just make you look like you need to take a chill pill :lol: But again, it depends also on what mood the recipient of the intended joke was in at the moment. Everyone has his/her moment.

MacMadame
07-11-2011, 12:59 AM
I would have ignored him. I don't talk to crazy people.

danceronice
07-11-2011, 01:01 AM
I'd have probably just laughed.

Badams
07-11-2011, 01:13 AM
I would have said "yes! There's a huge sale at the porn shop and today is grandma's birthday!"

Garden Kitty
07-11-2011, 01:20 AM
I'd probably have just said thanks for holding the elevator and otherwise ignored him. If he were trying to make a joke, no matter how lame, I'd probably have just smiled. Generally I try not to get too worked up over what strangers think when it will have no impact on my life.

orbitz
07-11-2011, 01:33 AM
What if he is cute and will be good for an hour of entertainment and flirting?... never hurts to say "I'll start spending now by buying you lunch... "...

Better make sure first that he either (1) isn't married or (2) that his girlfriend/boyfriend isn't standing a few inches behind him :lol: