Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hometown Memories: The Flasher

My friends and I shared some very interesting experiences during our teenage years, but nothing quite compares to what happened at the bus stop in the image below.

I lived just down the street on the right.

We were about 16 or so at the time, heading downtown, chatting away as we waited for the bus to arrive. A man in a trench coat (so cliché) approached, called out to us, and when we turned to look at him, he opened up his coat and flashed us.

And what was our reaction?

Dead silence for a few seconds with this look on our faces:


Followed by this:


We laughed so hard, and made such snarky remarks that the pervert shut his coat and ran away. In hindsight, we should have called the police and reported the incident. But we were young and naïve and not thinking clearly. The whole experience was shocking and gross and weird and funny.

Has anything like this ever happened to you?




24 comments:

  1. Glad you laughed, takes away from his power to shock...never happened to me, mind you I moved from Montreal when I was 5 lol...Love the funnies lol atta girl! Take the assumed power away!!!!

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    1. It sure did take away his power, but it would have been better to report him. I often wonder if he every did anything seriously bad to some girl, or even child. I hope not.

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  2. Ha, ha ha! Glad you can laugh about it. Served that guy right! I don't know what I would've done.

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    1. I'm glad I was with friends, though; it made it much easier.

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  3. Thank GOD nothing like that has ever happened to me! What a creepy pervert. I hope he was arrested by someone eventually.

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    1. Yes, a very creepy pervert! We should have reported him. I hope he never did any serious harm.

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  4. I hope that put an end to the flashers escapades!

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    1. Somehow I doubt it. These creeps are really sick.

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  5. Have never encountered a flasher per se but once some drunk guy at a laundromat was openly masturbating. I wanted to throw a bucket of cold water on him but there was no bucket available. Curse all those air vents in laundry baskets!

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    1. Wow! That's one heck of an experience. A little cold water would have done him some good!

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  6. Yes... glad you laughed ... I was walking down an alleyway .. which San Francisco has a ton of to my little local corner grocery and a guy was sitting out on his stoop totally naked ... we're talking NARROW alleyway here... jeeeeez old man .... felt sorry for the old thing but then I was about 23 or 4 or something or other ... and nothing really shocked and much scared me then...

    come to find out he was quite famous ... hahaaa

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    1. Yes, I can imagine he was quite famous! LOL... I've never encountered such a thing. That makes for a great story!

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  7. Oh gosh, that must have been such a creepy incident.
    I am glad you were not alone and you and your friends laughed at the creep. he deserved much worse though.

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    1. It was very creepy! And I was so thankful that I was with friends. It made it easier to handle.

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  8. I doubt anything would have happened if you reported to police at that time. They tended to pretend things like that never happened.

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    1. You are quite right, Red. Back when I was a teen things were much different.

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  9. Lucky you were in a group Martha! Would have been more traumatic alone I bet. Never happened to me.

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    1. Yes, it was great that we were a group of girls. We were able to get through it much easier.

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  10. I think that was the right method. Getting humiliated is not something they look forward to. If everyone countered them with it, they'd stop as a whole.

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    1. Well, I hope it curbed his perverted behaviour. And I hope he didn't cause any serious harm anywhere.

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  11. Yikes. Never had this happen to me before. Good story though, with a funny ending.

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    1. Thank goodness it ended okay. Being with friends certainly helped.

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