I was walking back to my apartment in Manchester (UK), having done some grocery shopping. It was winter time and very cold, so the only flesh showing was my face. I’m usually listening to music as I’m walking about, so I had earphones in, but I suddenly noticed there was a man behind me and that he was trying to talk to me.
I turned round as I caught the end of the sentence: “… I just had to tell you, you look beautiful.”
I said, “Okay, thank you” and carried on walking.
He continued to follow me saying, “I know it’s an inconvenient time and you’re in a rush but I just had to say that.”
I replied, “Yes it is really, but thanks anyway.”
The man seemed shocked and said, “Oh” as if I was going to entertain the idea of a conversation with him.
Of all the situations of harassment I’ve had I probably dealt with this one the best, but it still made me angry and frustrated. I couldn’t understand why he had picked me out from the crowds that were around or why he thought I would be flattered by that.
Location: Manchester, UK