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The Weirdos In My City

Updated on March 14, 2012
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Over the course of the past few years sometimes I have wondered why certain people I encounter in my home city are the way they are. I have run into some very strange and unusual characters over time and sometimes makes me think, "why do I live here?" But in retrospect I suppose there are all kinds of people no matter where you live. But I felt it necessary to note some of the stranger or at least silly instances of some people I have seen and heard.

So one day I was walking to the bus station when I happened to cross the street at the same time as a rather tall burly man with a full beard. He politely asked me how I was doing and I I said fine. As I progressed to the bus station he walked beside me and launched into a big conversation about his walkman which incidentally was a cassette walkman. He kept talking to me about it until finally feeling rather uncomfortable I asked him what he was listening to, to which he tore open his walkman and quickly flashed the tape in my face. "Spice Girls!" he yelled with a little too much enthusiasm, "I love those ladies!" Our converstation, him mostly talking about how all the bus drivers were his best friends progressed until we reached the station where thankfully I boarded my bus.

Another time a lady came up to me in the food court of a mall and sat down with my daughter and I. She said hi and started a conversation with me about her ex and how she just left him and to check out her ring, that she was keeping...Suffice to say she went on and on, and in front of my daughter. She acted as though I knew her and finally I asked her who she was she acted surprised saying, "It's me, finona!" She looked annoyed and got up saying, "Screw you then, your just like my ex!" To this day I have no idea who she was and have never seen her since but it baffles me how someone can carry talk to someone for a half hour as a joke. So I'm really not sure what that was.

One time I was waiting for my food in Mcdonalds when a rather cranky lady was having her order taken. She advised the cashier that she had to watch her cholesterol and weight. Which of course means you should come and eat at Mcdonalds. She wanted them to give her fries with no salt. Now as anyone who eats there knows all of Mcdonalds fries have salt on them and the vat they cook them in is filled with salt. So the lady wanted to clean out the vat completely and just make her fries with no salt. All while a huge lineup of people were waiting to be served. But the manager who was called advised her that wasn't happening. I couldn't help but laugh when she stormed out. She was a perfect example of the product businesses create when they constantly bend to complainers. It was great to see one of them get told something they didn't want to hear.

Another such experience was when I was at the mall and had gotten a free fabric bag at a store. Which were free. A lady saw the bag and randomly asked me about it. I advised her they were free and that she could get one at the store. After going to the store and not finding anymore bags she encountered me and let me know they didn't have anymore bags and acted like I should give her mine. I simply said, "Oh that's too bad." But for months afterward I saw her around and she kept asking me where her bad was, very weird.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      This is an interesting hub. I have had strange things happen to me also. People talk to me as if they have know me for a long time. One time, a man let me in front of him in line at a grocery store. When I pushed my cart in front of his, he bowed. I don't know why he did that, he just did. That was one of the weird things that happened to me. Hmm, guess I am not the only one. Thumbs up for you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      They are everywhere my friend. I am grateful to know they aren't just in Olympia where I live. I had fun with this one in a very sick, twisted way. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      The world is filled with strange people. We had a local "clown" back back home in the midwest who traveled by bus transit throughout the town. He wore a clown suit as well. You never knew where he was going to show up. People would say, "I saw the clown today.", as if he were a celebrity. He never hurt anyone and kept to himself but, he was a little scary. Enjoyed the hub and keep safe out there!

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Michele Travis - hehe that is pretty funny, bowing, maybe it was a chivalry thing. Thanks for commenting and the thumbs up :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      billybuc - :) a sick twisted way?

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      Steve 5 years ago from Brockport, NY

      Very good article. Weird people are found everywhere. I have many such encounters myself. I think you and I and other people like us simply attract them.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow it sounds like my city.. weird people here too. an maybe they think I am weird.

      Love you hub

      voted up

      be blessed

      Debbie

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      Drtruthman 5 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Great Hub. So true, there are strange folks everywhere....I mean have you read some of the comments people sometimes leave on Hub...LOL

      Enjoyed the Hub. Great job. Voted UP all across. Lee

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      KatrineDalMonte 5 years ago

      It's a great article. It's interesting though, people who appear 'strange' to us, may not to others, and vice versa. What is 'strange' and what is not anyway? I suppose something that doesn't fall into the 'norm'? But I think we are talking more about someone's appearance or behaviour that leaves us 'puzzled' as being 'unusual' or 'uncommon'. I remember 1 guy who would always be seen on his bicycle, and wearing a 'strange' brown hat that resembles a rooster's head. Or, I used to have a colleague who every single day, as soon as she got to the office, would drink the whole 2L bottle of Coca-Cola. Well I thought that was 'weird' too. So, examples may be endless, depending on how we perceive it. Weird, strange, unusual, awkward...?

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      Coming from New York City sort of makes me immune to weirdos. They are everywhere!

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Wow, you did have some unusual experiences, but at the end of the day, they make for good hubs!!Enjoyed reading it and am still smiling....and confused as you seemed to be!Vote up

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      And here I thought I was sending some weird vibes that made me a magnet for the odd, strange or paranoid. When I first moved into my city digs after my divorce, my neighbor noticed how I smiled and greeted everyone when I was out with my dog. He claimed he could tell I was not a "city" girl because "they all put their heads down and keep walking". One of my first and last trips to the library, I was followed through the building by a big, lonely man who talked at me loudly. When I was ready to leave, he grabbed my hand and with tears in his eyes told me it was serendipity that we met. Seriously? Initially I felt bad, as I was itching to leave and did, hoping he wouldn't remember my Miata as I got in my car. He must have lived closeby since he walked to the library. I quit parking on the street and found a spot behind my building down the one-way alley. I am ashamed to say I ran into my apartment and quickly washed my hands, as I couldn't shake the icky feeling of thinking of his sweaty hand grabbing mine. Once I shook off the unnecessary guilt from my emotional reaction, I felt angry that he felt his rights outweighed mine and had felt no qualms about violating my personal space. Yes, terrektwo, there are all kinds everywhere. I am much more aware and self-protective now and have gotten over the idea that its a bad thing to purposely avoid strangers. Living alone now, I am the only one who can protect myself. I am respectful of everyone and, likewise, I expect it from others.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      teaches12345 - that is pretty interesting that he would patrol the town. I guess he wanted people to see him :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      steveso - I suppose your right :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Deborah Brooks - I guess it is true that weird is a relative term, but I guess it depends on who is deciding what weird is, thanks for the vote up.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Drtruthman - hehe, yes I sometimes get some weird ones, thanks for the votes :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      KatrineDalMonte - for sure, would depend on perception I guess.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      breakfastpop - I suppose when your around so many people it is impossible to escape.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      picklesandrufus - true, I guess if not for the weirdos I wouldn't he been able to write this :)

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Amy Becherer - wow, that experience could have been a little dangerous had it not been in a public place. You are right, no one has the right to harass or put there hands on you. You should be able to feel safe at the library. Things are a little different for me as I am male and it seems unlikely the ladies will be hounding me. Plus most guys (not me as I am married) seem to like attention from women. I hope you don't have any more run ins with that guy though.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 5 years ago from Mason City

      There are a lot of strange people in this world who do strange things for sure. I wouldn't want some strange lady sitting at a table I was at, if I didn't know her. Serial killers sure are strange people who do really strange things and worse.

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      gail641 - I understand, it bothers me too when strangers act like they know you, it is pretty weird.

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      Ana Teixeira 5 years ago from Oporto, Porto, Portugal

      well... I guess they are everywhere! The best we can do is smile about it... at least they give you an opportunity to laugh a bit! xD

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      Ana Teixeira - that is true some of the weirdos do make me laugh upon occasion :)

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      StellaSee 5 years ago from California

      My family and I went on vacation to Florida when we stopped by a McDonalds to get some food. I was standing in the back of the line looking at the menu when this man my dad's age comes up to me and asked me where I was from, if I needed help reading the menu and he offered me to sit with him. In my head I was thinking 'I don't need help, this is the perfect time to utilize my English degree and no I'm not sitting with you because I'm here with family.' Even weirder was that after we left the McDonalds, we stopped by a Starbucks down the street and not even 5 min after we stepped in the store, the same guy from McDonalds showed up! Creepy~~ Nice article terrektwo :D

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      Candle Hour 5 years ago from North America

      StellaSee - that is particularly unusual, that is stalking for sure!

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