to wonder if anyone gets the weirdo at the bus stop/doctors waiting room? (tongue in cheek before i get flamed!)

(65 Posts)
mymiraclebubba Thu 27-Feb-14 21:22:51

or is it just me that has the magnet??

Sat in the doctors waiting room tonight - it was empty so plenty of places to sit and yet this woman i have never seen before in my life sits next to me and proceeds to inform me that she has a great cure for men who rape and explains it, then goes on to discuss her experience of thrush and effective positions to sit/stand in so as not to have the need to itch in public - i was mortified!!

I was so relieved when the doctor called me in

AgentZigzag Thu 27-Feb-14 21:29:42

Aww, she was probably lonely.

Not that I like anyone invading my space like.

You should have just coughed on her while looking like you had the plague grin

VivaLeBeaver Thu 27-Feb-14 21:31:05

I get this. On public transport, in the gym, out shopping.

I had someone quiz me about control pants in Primark for ten minutes the other week. Asking me which I thought would be best and telling me about a party she was off to.

mymiraclebubba Thu 27-Feb-14 21:34:29

i know agent but crumbs could she not have picked a more appropriate topic to try and have a conversation about?! i am new to the area so didn't want to be rude but i am definitely wondering about the town we have moved to!! its like something out of League of Gentlemen!

Viva thank god its not just me! I rang DP to offload as i was mortified, and he nearly fell off his chair laughing at me!

AgentZigzag Thu 27-Feb-14 21:35:31

I've always been told I look arsey when I'm out, maybe that's why no-one dares to approaches me?

mymiraclebubba Thu 27-Feb-14 21:37:26

i may have to practice my f**k off and leave me alone face!

AgentZigzag Thu 27-Feb-14 21:37:51

Now I wouldn't mind if Pauline sat next to me to chat about her pens mymiracle, I love my pens too grin

Piffyonarock Thu 27-Feb-14 21:38:17

I am also a magnet for lonely people, my DH laughs his head off at me when we're out and it happens. Mind you, I think there is a rule that there is at least one nutter per bus in my city :-) .

I've been kissed on the bus (eugh), followed onto a bus, had various singers and storytellers bend my ear, and one particularly memorable occaision had a lady spend the duration of an hour and half train journey regaling me with some tale of being abandoned by her husband enroute to bedford and then falling asleep holding my hand. I eventually realised she was drunk. I had the devil's own job explaining to the ticket guy that she wasn't with me. I'm convinced she got off the train with someone elses suitcase too.

mymiraclebubba Thu 27-Feb-14 21:38:19


Financeprincess Thu 27-Feb-14 21:39:10

Oh yes! I get them on long distance trains. I'm always nice, though, because people can't help having special needs. I have a schizophrenic cousin and I always hope that people will be kind to him.

The drunks are a different matter.

sonlypuppyfat Thu 27-Feb-14 21:40:53

Was in the doctors once and a woman came in with various blue sandwich bags she was using as a handbag!

Yes, me! My extended family includes several people with mental illness and social difficulties, so I must be giving out approachability and tolerance vibes or something. I used to live very close to the Maudsley (big psychiatric hospital) and was never short of interesting people wanting to come & have a chat every time I left the house.

KurriKurri Thu 27-Feb-14 21:44:10

I cannot go anywhere without picking up a stranger who wants a strange with me.

Today it was an old lady of about 80 in a charity shop. I was looking at the books, and she came over to recommend the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy to me. 'It's a porn you know, the first one is the worst, the things people do with a riding crop! the others aren't quite as filthy, but they're still porns. I hope the film comes out soon, I'd like to see it, it'll be a porn film you know, I hope they get a dishy man to play Christian .......' and so on while I nodded and smiled grin

<actually she referred to Christian grey as 'Christine' grin>

shakinstevenslovechild Thu 27-Feb-14 21:44:40

I'm so glad it isn't just me.

If there is someone with a weird/rude/sexist/racist/ridiculous opinion about something they seem to migrate towards me.

Just yesterday some woman stopped me, told me my hair was lovely, then proceeded to tell me that she loves her children too much to have long hair like mine because she prefers to devote her time to them shock

The last concert I went to was Lionel Ritchie, the guy sitting beside me got chatting a bit, them launched into a racist tirade of nastiness (that were allegedly jokes) I had to ask for him to be removed.

Even at the cinema I get them, some bloke decided to tell me exactly who he would and wouldn't 'do' throughout one film he just kept leaning over saying 'I'd do her' every 5 minutes. When I went to see a horror film once the scariest looking bloke in the world sat beside me and started telling me ways he would kill people and laughing in a terrifying manner.

Don't even get me started on the random and bizarre people I have met in pub/club toilets grin

fluffyraggies Thu 27-Feb-14 21:44:44

Yep, lonely and/or odd magnet here too. Ever since i was a teen. Way too polite and accommodating for my own good. My own safety even!

My best mate used to openly howl with laughter next to me as i would once again get helplessly trapped in a rambling convo with an odd stranger for the umpteenth time that day on the London Underground. Too polite to turn my back.

ScarletStar Thu 27-Feb-14 21:47:31

I had an obese woman tell me about the sweat rash on her thighs and fanny once. Bleeee!

mymiraclebubba Thu 27-Feb-14 21:48:44

kurri Oh my life i would have died!!

finance & Threebee god i couldn't bring myself to be rude but i also find it very difficult to extricate myself from these situations! and normally i have no issue with the ones who tell you their life stories etc but really - discussing the intimate itches of your vagina etc takes the biscuit!

WorraLiberty Thu 27-Feb-14 21:51:47

I'm definitely a lonely person/odd person magnet grin

I don't mind though. I like chatting to strangers as it helps pass the time.

Although I felt a little uncomfortable when a drunk guy started shouting at me in Asda last week, in the fruit and veg section blush

He picked up some large potatoes, looked over at me and shouted


I looked down and tried to ignore him. Then...



He didn't stop until I nodded in agreement that they were in fact very big.

Then I managed to scuttle off while everyone else looked on in amusement blush

HoneyDragon Thu 27-Feb-14 21:53:33

On behalf of my fellow weirdos and myself.... May I thank you for your time and personal space thanks

MoominMammasHandbag Thu 27-Feb-14 21:53:58

Yes, I attract the strange ones wherever I go. I have been ranted at by random strange men in French, Italian and German. My family normally stand a little way away from me laughing.

Only1scoop Thu 27-Feb-14 21:54:54

Always.... I'm a magnet....I think they search for me infact....anywhere and everywhere blush

Cleorapter Thu 27-Feb-14 22:03:59

Yes! All the time. On public transport mainly. I don't mind too much, I take it as a compliment smile

cafecito Thu 27-Feb-14 22:06:21

yes I get this

you need to perfect your angry busy face

not your approachable polite face

frogslegs35 Thu 27-Feb-14 22:09:03

Me too, everywhere and in different countries.
I've been told I've got 'one of those faces' smile
I can only assume that means a friendly, inviting one.

OTOH - I can and often do start conversations with strangers, nothing too deep or personal though. So maybe some look at me as a weirdo.

mymiraclebubba Thu 27-Feb-14 22:12:19

in principal i don't have an issue with the common passing the time of day and the lovely old dears who insist on filling me on lost loves etc but vaginal discharge, itching and treatments are really conversations i would rather they kept to themselves

ScarletStar Thu 27-Feb-14 22:16:24

Yes the same woman stopped me in town months later (it was a very hot day so you can imagine the horror I felt in wondering what she'd say this time!) She said that she'd been worried about not having a job but that it was so hard for her to get one due to the pains in her body and how difficult it was for her to walk. Extreme biting of tongue moment but I just cheerily said I was on my lunch break and walked off. I did feel really sorry for her actually!

stayanotherday Thu 27-Feb-14 23:09:00

Yes. Stopped going to the gym, socialising, talking to neighbours and shopping because of it. Hate it on the train. I get nagged everywhere I go. I don't want contact with anybody now.

If you are reading this thread, and thinking 'this never happens to me' - maybe you are the weird person! winkgrin

Onesleeptillwembley Thu 27-Feb-14 23:13:29

Jasper Carrot. Nutter on the bus. Says it all.

mymiraclebubba Thu 27-Feb-14 23:14:39

ladies (and gents?) you have thoroughly cheered up my evening!! thanks for being lovely and sharing your random nutter stories! i am so glad i am not the only weirdo magnet around and that some of you have had far worse sharing instances than me. grin

Funnyfoot Thu 27-Feb-14 23:14:42

This doesn't happen to me.

Which makes me think that I am the annoying weirdo! confused

HoneyDragon Thu 27-Feb-14 23:39:32

Years ago I had one of the best train rides of my life when a chap ignored all the empty tables and sat down next to me. He started empty his bag, and had a selection of pens. Hd then got out his copy of the TV times and a Radio times, handed me an orange highlighter and asked if it help organise his TV scedule for that week.

<<easily pleased>>

HoneyDragon Thu 27-Feb-14 23:40:06

If *I would help

I seem to attract people too. I tend to wear earphones on the bus because I just want to be left alone, but out and about if someone speaks to me I'll obviously be nice. I am just a very introverted person and find small talk hard.

I was sat right in the corner of the doctors waiting room the other week, when an elderly lady came and sat next to me (we were the only people in there so plenty of seats). She was very large, so was squashed up against my leg, and the smell... She seriously smelt like she'd wet herself several months ago and not got around to changing yet sad I politely got up and went to the loo, then stood browsing the books and magazines until I was called, as I couldn't stand the ammonia smell or the encroachment on my space, but didn't want to offend her by sitting elsewhere.

ScarletStar Thu 27-Feb-14 23:52:12

honeyDragon I'd love that to happen to me!

maddening Thu 27-Feb-14 23:54:17

I have had a few in my time including a one eyed man with a bristol accent from London who amongst all kept trying to force cigarettes on us.

and a man in the park when I was de who after some polite small talk started the that about his ex-wife - he was with his son hence us standing while the dc played and making small talk.

I think it stems from being unable to be rude and ignore so I end up engaging politely

maddening Fri 28-Feb-14 00:08:12

and on a train in n empty smoking carriage back in uni days this Italian guy kept coming and sitting at my table from another carriage to smoke - so again small talk until he lent forward one time and said "my penis is hard" then kept trying to ask me out to dinner.

and a homeless man that kept trying to give my friends oh mini cheddars

and a friend that was chased with his friend through the park when they were walking home in the early hours by naked men pretending to be gorillas (Running stooped down like a gorilla running and making ale sounds) who then threw mud on them as they tried to escape over a wall

a taxi driver playing guitar and steering with his feet

or a man I met who had gone to the shops after taking LSD in his boxers having drawn all over himself in felt tip pen

and so many more - they are out there seeking out us weirdo magnets but long live them as they make it all a little more colourful!

I get it all the time because I am too nice, although I did once literally run from a guy outside a nightclub in the. 90's.

He sidled up to my friends and I and said "I've got a worm in my stomach that tells me to do things, wrong things. I can run really fast too, want to see?" As he demonstrated his sprinting skills to the next lamp post we jumped in a passing cab, quickly.

TheFarSide Fri 28-Feb-14 00:48:19

Reminds me of that Gary Larson cartoon ...

AgentZigzag Fri 28-Feb-14 00:51:14

grin Love Gary Larson my favorite grin

WolfMoon Fri 28-Feb-14 01:07:24

Absolutely. You know they say that people in London don't talk to strangers? That's because they're all talking to me. I once got drawn into conversation with a lady on the tube, who then proceeded to have friends get on at the next three consecutive stops (apparently a coincidence!) and join in the conversation. By the time the sixth friend of hers had come and joined in, I was looking for the hidden camera.

Chottie Fri 28-Feb-14 03:48:24

As a slight variation I always, always get people who ask me for directions and then money!!! It happens when I am abroad too. And no I do not look minted. DP always says it is because I look like an easy touch sad

Back to original post... does anyone else think it is genetic? my dad was always accosted by people too. Women on the bus would tell him TMI about all sorts of personal stuff.

Marylou2 Fri 28-Feb-14 04:27:01

I'm glad this isn't just me!!! DH says it's my nursey face that makes them do it. I think that's supposed to be a compliment. People from work call me with all their problems too, medical and otherwise. I can feel myself going into counselling mode but can't stop it. I really must practise a disinterested look in the mirror....

LiberalLibertine Fri 28-Feb-14 05:15:22

worra grin

LiberalLibertine Fri 28-Feb-14 05:16:52

I've always been a tramp magnet myself.

Remember one chatting to me on the tube of all places, he then proceeded to piss himself, didn't even break his conversation to notice hmm

CrohnicallyFarting Fri 28-Feb-14 07:01:35

Ah yes chottie both me and my mum get asked for directions, even in foreign countries. And we both attract weirdos and little old ladies. On one occasion I was literally unable to escape as I was in a hospital bed and one of the other patients came and sat on mine asking 'so what's wrong with you then?' before giving me a detailed list of why she was in (diabetic and needed a colonoscopy in case anyone's wondering).

There is a fine line though between 'stranger making polite conversation' and 'weirdo'!

Jollyb Fri 28-Feb-14 08:46:14

I bet none of you have been accosted by a guide dog though. Was on a train and a guide dog leapt on the seat next to me and started nuzzling. His owner declared rather loudly ' you must be attractive to Labradors!'.

Pawprint Fri 28-Feb-14 09:35:58

There was a little old guy I used to see on the London Underground. He would start talking about how cheap it used to be to go to the pictures and then start ranting on about Asians and black people.

Hoppinggreen Fri 28-Feb-14 09:43:02

Nope, never happens to me ( don't think I'm the weirdo???)
Apparently at rest I have a bit of a " fuck off" face, although I am actually quite nice honest!!
I do have a weirdo attracting friend though

chandlerbing Fri 28-Feb-14 09:47:43

Yep, I attract weirdos too.

And women that want to be-friend me and be my best buddy but then turn out to be total frenemies. Some have stooped pretty low and turned out to be totally evil.

starfishmummy Fri 28-Feb-14 09:49:57

I get them too.

I also have a ds who will sit and chat interrogate everyone in the waiting room/suoermarket queue etc.
I stay in a lot!!

I'd love to be accosted by a guide dog. Mind you, I am a sucker for any labrador.

LessMissAbs Fri 28-Feb-14 11:39:31

My speciality in wierdos is the ones that stop and berate me in public for doing perfectly legal activities. Like running on a pavement, riding my horse on a horse path, stopping my car at a pedestrian crossing, walking along a path, etc..

They always come singly, can be men or women and have obviously been waiting all day to find a "victim" to launch into a tirade about their own personal crusade.

I now have a standard response to the effect that if they continue to harass me, I will phone the police.

Lancashiregirl Fri 28-Feb-14 12:15:14

LOVE a harmless weirdo!

So much more life enhancing than a miserable normo.

They are probably the only thing I miss since I got a car and don't go on public transport so much.

gotthemoononastick Fri 28-Feb-14 12:27:17

Thank you to those lovely Mums who tell me how old their babies are and look at toddler clothes with me and smile and give me my one contact with a living human for the day.

I do look a bit strange and am old,but think I have a lovely open smile and interest in the world.

Some may think me an old nutter...I could not give a fig!

Marylou2 Fri 28-Feb-14 14:56:17

Aw gotthemoon I don't think people who chat about clothes and kids are the people in question. Everyone likes a nattet with a fellow friendly soul, a stranger or not. It's people who talk about aliens or voting lib/dem you have to watch..wink .

Marylou2 Fri 28-Feb-14 14:57:40

nattet....a new word for a small natter. Silly, tiny keyboard.

gabcat Fri 28-Feb-14 19:17:17

there is an overweight man who skateboards around manchester city centre topless carrying a white rabbit . he once cornered me on a bus asking if I 'fancied pets'

Fluffyears Fri 28-Feb-14 19:20:56

Oh yes all the time. I even had a tramp try and kiss me once. The weirdest was when I was crossing a road and a lady a bit older than me wandered up and said 'I love your bag!' I said thanks and said it was actually a primark one (big silver sequinned job). As I crossed the road I thought conversation finished but oh no she was only getting started 'you know who would love that bag? My aunt would but then she only likes gold. She'll be going out and has on gold top, gold trousers, gold shoes, gold bag and I say 'oi what you wearing all that gold for?' and she says 'I'm the goldmember. Do you know who she loves?robbie William that's who'

Oh my god she didn't draw breath and was following me down the street. I stopped dead and said 'oh dear I've walked right past the shop I wanted I'll need to go back' had to practically run away as she was offering to come with me!

MoominsYonisAreScary Fri 28-Feb-14 19:22:29

Yes always have done, I dont mind. Lots of them seem lonely, some seem to have mh problems (trained as a mh nurse) and probably dont have much interaction with others.

Its only 20 mins or so out of my life and doesnt hurt me

stayanotherday Fri 28-Feb-14 21:07:30

Had another one today. Coming out of the train station this morning and walked passed a man having a cig who started having a go and swearing at me. I told him off. I can't go anywhere and now ignore people who start conversation. Anybody who justs wants a victim gets a surprise when I stand up to them. People wonder then why I don't bother.

ToughSpuds Fri 28-Feb-14 21:19:22

Ha! I attract the weirdos too (I'm pleased it's not just me!)
Some people who stop and talk are lovely. Like the man on the bus today. He was from Africa but moved here years ago, has 7 grandchildren and said he was a retired engineer who worked for BP for 45yrs?
It's nice what you can learn from the elderly. Even my 3yo DD sat in utter silence, watching to the "laughing man"

YouTheCat Fri 28-Feb-14 21:23:11

I don't tend to get weird people (because maybe I am one grin ) but, in my youth, I did get a lot of attention from much older gentlemen. The first time was in McDs on a school trip to Cambridge when I was 14. I was sat with my friends, eating a Bigmac and these two blokes kept offering me cigarettes and asking to buy me coffee. They completely ignored my (much slimmer and prettier friends). It was most odd.

Then there was the time in the smoking carriage of a train when I was a student. He kept offering me gum and asking me if I wanted to go to London with him.

On another school trip to London (think I was about 17/18) I got asked to a party by a group of 60 year old Americans.

These days I just get random old ladies. I'm a bit shy and not likely to start up a conversation but will happily chat to anyone if they start it.

At least I'm too old for the randy old men these days. grin

carlywurly Fri 28-Feb-14 21:55:47

I get this. Mostly I don't mind it. It was significantly worse when I used to wear an orange top back at uni. It was like a neon magnet for quirky types.

I regularly get into conversation with strangers nowadays but I don't think I'm weird smile

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