Have you ever been minding your own business and look up to find someone just staring at you? Of course, you have, we all have. It’s fucking annoying. Or how about when you are walking or just sitting somewhere, again minding your own business, and a complete stranger blurts out, “You should smile.” These two things annoy the utter shit out of me, so I am here to bitch it out once and for all. It needs to be in writing how much I detest these two things. If you happen to be someone who randomly tells strangers to smile or is someone who stares at people longer than socially acceptable, then I advise you not to read any further as this might offend you. You have been warned.
People Who Stare
I grew up in San Jose, California and I love how it raised me. I learned a lot of valuable life lessons there that I have carried with me over the years. One of my favorite things that I learned was that it is rude as fuck to stare. Where I’m from, people will literally talk shit to you without a second’s hesitation if they catch you staring at them for longer than what they think is acceptable. Unfortunately, not everyone has been taught how rude staring is, and it is somewhat of an epidemic in our society. This shit is happening on a daily basis to people all over the world. These habitual rude ass people with eyeballs that they don’t know how to control..NEED TO BE CHECKED!
Example 1 of 4,756,876
Just yesterday I was having lunch with my husband and mid-bite I look up to find this woman just staring at me. It was awkward, and I looked away and finished my mouthful of food. As if the first incident wasn’t weird enough, it happened AGAIN a few minutes later, and this time, with a mouth full of food, I raised my eyebrows and gave the “what are you looking at “ signal without speaking. She got the message after the 2nd nonverbal exchange, and I didn’t catch her staring again. She was a quick learner. Other people will just keep staring at I don’t understand what the hell is so fucking entertaining. Is there something on my face? Did one of my eyelashes come unglued? Did a bird shit on my hair? Perhaps there’s a booger in my nose? Is my zipper down? Did my shirt come open and I’m flashing people without knowing? Have you never seen an interracial couple before? I mean give me something. If there is a reason for prolonged staring, then there should be a good fucking reason behind it. If one of those things was actually taking place, then have the common courtesy of telling the person that they have shit on their face instead of just staring and making everyone uncomfortable.
How To React To These People
There are many ways to react when someone is staring at you. I personally have many different ways of handling this situation depending on my current circumstance. I don’t want to get ratchet in the wrong place so depending on where I am will usually determine my response. Some of my personal favorites are the following:
– I stare back with a bitchy ass look on my face to let them know that I see them
– I raise my eyebrows, and sometimes give the matching raised arms to communicate, “what the fuck are you staring at?!?”
– The exaggerated and annoyed, “Hiiiiii” and maybe throw in a wave
– My personal favorite. “BOO!!!” My husband even mentioned in his vows that he will always stand beside me even well I yell “Boo” at people who stare too long. THAT’S HOW MUCH I USE THIS! LOL
The Smile Comment
Who the fuck do people think they are to tell me to smile? First of all, I don’t know you. Second of all, if I do know you, then that doesn’t mean I owe you a damn smile. Am I supposed to walk around like a clown and have a big ass smile plastered on my face 24/7? NO. Why do people think this is an acceptable statement to make to someone? My Mother-in-law is the only person who can get away with this, and that’s because she’s my mother in law. Most of the time yes, its men who make this comment and honestly why the hell am I going to give some stranger the satisfaction of me smiling at them because they requested it? It’s just fucking weird. Never mind the awkward ass response I do or do not give after someone tells me to smile. I’m not a puppet, and you can’t just go around telling me to do things. If you don’t like my face the way it is naturally, then I don’t give a shit. My natural look whether it comes across as bitchy or happy is nobody else’s concern, and they need to learn to keep their damn comments to themselves.
It’s not nice to stare or to tell people to smile. It’s rude and to some degree even pervy. And for the record, I don’t want my thoughts on smiling to be taken out of context. I love laughing, and I smile often but its just plain weird when complete strangers or maybe even people you do know, tell you to do something with YOUR face. It’s one thing if my husband tells me smile when he knows I’m having a bad day but Joe Schmo in the Starbucks line has no right to input on the current status of my demeanor. I reserve my smiles for when they count not for just walking around the mall smiling at every Tom, Dick, and Harry that I pass. No thank you. And, I don’t plan on changing how I address people who have staring problems. Some people deserve a solid whap upside the head to get their eyeballs to go in a different direction, but since I typically refrain from physical violence, I will continue to yell “Boo” and give people dirty ass looks who piss me off with their incessant staring.
This was therapeutic as fuck. I’m so glad I bitched this out.
Please feel free to bitch about when YOU find yourself in one of these situations! Let’s help one another with useful tips and advice!