I don't even know, L., I just don't know. What the...!?
S, the only thing that kept me from actually trying to explode his head was that one of the other guys caught my eye, grinned at me and rolled his eyes. Then he started talking quietly in Mandarin to his friend. It was beautiful.
Setting such people on fire works wonders.
Actually, so does saying something like 'So sorry, my English is not so good. Could you say again clearer and louder please?' and keep doing that until, by increments, they are yelling at the top of their lungs and the entire carriage is watching them in horror. They'll get self-conscious eventually. That or stomp off muttering Daily Mail-ite opinions (foreign languages give you cancer, you know).
It was mind-boggling. I'd somehow managed to convince myself that this sort of thing just didn't happen any more.
Unfortunately... I saw people doing that at government offices in Hong Kong. I also saw British people literally get hopping mad that Hong Kong Chinese bureaucrats couldn't speak English. It was amazing. And yes they would also yell at people for directions on the train. I know this is different since he assumed from appearance in a predominantly English speaking country that you didn't speak English, but that's what it reminded me of.
It's just bizarre. I thought everyone had heard the stereotypical jokes about English-speaking tourists and that no one behaved this way any more. Clearly I was wrong.
I'm walking on the subway platform and moved to the left in order to avoid some people who stopped randomly and got in the way of another woman behind me and she said"WATCH WHERE YOURE GOING" and I apologized and she replied " IDIOT!" to which I simply said Jesus! because I was so flabbergasted. Who does that? I followed her down the platform and just stared at her but didn't get up the nerve to confront her. It really hurt my feelings.
Oh, commuter rage. It's inexplicable and very sad. I'm sorry you were a victim of it.
Even nice people get it sometimes. There's a fair chance she'd have shamefacedly apologised if you'd confronted her.
You're a good soul, I'd have said, "I wish I could say the same."
Among Asshats, this man is a god. What the hell made him think speaking loudly to you would magically make you speak English if you did not?
I'm storing up all these retorts for future use. This man can't be the last Asshat I'll ever meet, much as I wish it!
I would have said, "Yes, and so do you"!
wow. i would have been tempted to reply with something like "i think you meant to say that i speak English really well," but that might be excessive nitpicking on my part.
AHAHA. It's pointedly pedantic. I love it. I'm saving that one up.
Wait, I'm confused... I'm looking at photos of you and trying to work out what ethnicity he thought you were. And now I'm realising that *I* don't know what ethnicity you are hahaaaa. It never occurred to me to ask because it's not that important to me other than curiosity about culture and so forth.
I'm half Filipino and half white. I find that people often assume I'm whatever it is that they want me to be - there are very few nationalities that people haven't guessed. I think the RA assumed I was Chinese because I was sitting with two Chinese men. He seemed surprised when he worked out that we weren't together.
I keep watching this. It's not getting old.
wow. I love you keeping cool. The world does have idiots and we all have our stupid people stories.
This is why it's worth remembering the retorts that you (and your friends) come up with after the fact. You'll almost certainly get to use them in future. :/
Maybe he meant you spoke it better than he did, ha ha.
"You speak really well" or "you sound smart" sound complimentary, but I've been slighted enough that I'm pretty sure they're cutting off right before they finish with, "for one of you people".
Sorry you had to deal with that. It's fucked.
The only time I tell people they speak English well is during my conversations with people who are trying to improve their English. I think that's about the only time it's appropriate!
Now I'm wishing I'd asked those two guys how to say "You are a twat" in Mandarin after the Racist Assface left the train.
Yeah, that seemed to be how everyone around us who saw the exchange felt as well!
Unbelievable, sh*t like him are what makes the world a dark place and he ain't alone. Good for you of keeping sane and smiling back at them is the best one can do to such person.
It's really the only option to preserve your own sanity!