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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Harrassed in 1 hour or less or your money back.

At the end of June I took a trip to Boston from Montreal in order to take a language class for 3 weeks. I had never been to Boston and I was both excited and anxious about the trip as I have never been on a trip out of Canada by myself. I was finding my way around quite well, despite the maze like design of the Boston subway system and I got on to the Red Line with no problem, but unfortunately I didn't know that the line splits and I'd picked the wrong train. To switch directions and go back to get the correct line, I got off the train and stood on the platform. While waiting, I saw a man hugging a woman (his girlfriend, I presume) and at some point he noticed me too. Very shortly the train came and I dragged my luggage on to the train and found a seat. At the same time I noticed the man detangle himself from his girlfriend and start walking toward my car. He got on at the end of the car and started walking toward me, his girlfriend following closely behind. The whole time he was leering at me, walking slowly by trying to get me to notice him. I briefly looked at him, then at his girlfriend thinking to myself why would you do that in front of your girlfriend and then I turned in order to mind my own business and concentrated on figuring out how to get to the proper station. That's when it got weird.

He sat at the other end of the car and started yelling loudly, I thought he was talking to his girlfriend so I looked over quickly and went back to minding my own business; it didn't look like she was in danger. But he kept on yelling so much so that everyone started looking at him. After a while he started describing what I was wearing saying "I hate people like that, think they are all that, with your striped shirt". I thought to myself 'oh sh*t I'm wearing a striped shirt'. At that point I realized that all this time he was talking to me and I got really freaked out. The way he was talking it sounded like he could get violent. He was saying things like he would beat people like me up and we didn't know him, how he stomps on people. I looked over again to see if I was in any immediate danger, and I could have sworn that his girlfriend was trying to restrain him. That was when he started barking at me. Lucky for me the stop finally came and I got off that train in record time. I had been in Boston for about an hour and I had already felt threatened enough to want to leave. I don't think it was my fault, but I cannot help trying to figure out what I did to make him so mad.


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