Things People Say If You Mention Walking Home from Work

1 Jul
  1. “You do what?”
  2. “At night?”
  3. “By yourself?”
  4. “Aren’t you scared?”
  5. “In the heat/cold?”
  6. “Are you crazy/serious/kidding?”
  7. “All the way home?”
  8. “How far is that?”
  9. “It takes how long?”
  10. “Thirty-five minutes is a long time”
  11. “Do you have mace/pepper spray/a gun?”
  12. Why?”
  13. “You live down here?”

5 Responses to “Things People Say If You Mention Walking Home from Work”

  1. Shantae M. Robinson 07/02/2012 at 12:10 am #

    Exactly! I’ve had (and continue to have) similar experiences. Who knew walking home, to work, or taking care of errands would be unorthodox?!

    My favorite of the list is: #12 “WHY”. That one is typically followed by a look of disapproval, bewilderment or a combination of the two.

    Amazing how auto-centric we are.

    • Cheryl Burnette 07/02/2012 at 10:28 am #

      Or they like to offer you a ride. Gee, if I wanted a ride I would have driven!

      • OO 07/02/2012 at 12:34 pm #

        I can’t believe I left out “Do you need a ride?”

      • Darin (ATLurbanist) (@atlurbanist) 07/02/2012 at 10:31 pm #

        Ha! That “do you need a ride” question is the reason that, when I take the bus home from my office, I duck out quietly and corner myself in the bus shelter. I don’t want to give a co-worker the chance to ask.

  2. JC 07/02/2012 at 12:16 pm #

    These kind of responses represent the attitude that makes me loathe Atlanta sometimes…

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