Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I Speak Spanish

Thanks to the response I received on my last post, I decides I'd post the only other creepy thing to happen to me.

About a year ago in my final semester in college I worked at a department store in the mall. I didn't have a car yet so I asked for day shifts because it was a 2 hour bus ride back home. So basically if I had a closing shift, I'd get done at 11 but not get home until 1 am. But sometimes I'd be given closing shifts much to my annoyance since I had a 6 45 am class & my mothers worry because who wants their kid on public transport that late? (Sometimes she could come & get me but it'd be too much of a hassle to get my younger sisters out that late & such so I never asked her).

My managers being the jerks that they were gave me a week of closing shifts, knowing my situation. I was pissed but whatever. One night I had just finished my shift, got on the bus (I sat in the back)& was minding my business when my iPod died. I was annoyed but I just kept my ear buds in & occupied myself by playing a crossword on my phone.

About 2 seats behind me I hear these guys speaking Spanish. Now, my stepmother is Puerto Rican so while I understand a fair bit of Spanish, I don't speak it. So i hear them talking but I don't pay attention because it's rude to eavesdrop & all until they say "that black girl up there" then my ears perk up. I keep my ear buds in so that they think I can't hear them & I continue listening. What they're saying is horrific. To paraphrase, they knew my stop (second to last one before the bus gets back to the terminal & while my stop is at the front of my neighborhood, it's got no street lights & at this time of night, empty.) & to put it simply were planning on "snatching that piece of ass up"
I was about 20 mins away from home so I knew I had to act quickly. Since I knew they could see me (they were 2 seats behind me but like across if that makes sense) i pretended to play on my phone, oblivious while I was actually texting my mom.

"Mom, can you please meet me at the bus stop" 5 minutes go by, no answer. We're getting closer to my stop so I decide to call her cell. No answer. I call the house phone & she finally answers. Its about 1230 am so she was asleep. I try to talk as cheerily & calmly as I can. This was our convo. "Hey mom, did you get my text?" "Uh no...what's up?" "Oh I sent you a picture of these jeans I'm going to order online when I get home. I REALLY need your opinion so I REALLY need you to look since the sale ends at 1 am." She gets the hint that I need her to look at her cell so I say goodbye & hope for the best. We get to my stop & I see my mom's car. I snatch my shit up & hightail it off the bus. I don't even look behind me to see if they're following me. I jump in the car & tell my mom to just GO.
I look in the rearview & I see the guys staring at the car.

The next morning I called my job & told them I quit. No more public transport for me. Thanks to my stepmom for teaching me Spanish. Thanks to mom for getting the hint. Weird Spanish speaking guys, let's not meet again.


Anonymous said...

That is why I always warn my younger brother about blasting his iPod while he's out walking alone. I always prefer to keep the volume at a moderate level so that I am aware of my surroundings. Lucky for you that your iPod died at that moment. This is truly one of the scariest stories I've read on here because it is so relatable. I had a friend who was robbed because she didn't hear the guy creeping up on her since she was playing her music so loud. Good lesson for all of us to heed!

Anonymous said...

Not to mention that as a bicycle rider, I nearly run over people walking/jogging with their headphones too loud all the time. I always either yell out, "On your left." or ring my bike bell to let them know I'm coming behind them, but people with their headphones in never hear me, and occasionaly wonder right into my path just moments before I reach them. Then I have to either hit my breaks heard, or dodge them. Either way, you don't NEED your headphones in whenever you're going for a walk/run.

Jesus, people, can't we ever just enjoy the natural sounds around us, and our own thoughts? Why do we always have to be bombarded by outside stimuli?


Luna said...

Good thinking with how you were able to contact your mom while not tipping off those guys. I used to walk around outside while listening to my MP3 player all the time, and I never had any incidents, but after a while, I just realized it wasn't the safest thing to do. Reading stories like yours make me glad I stopped doing that long ago.