I was traveling in Germany alone.
I encountered the most blatant act of provocation in a nightclub.
It was so blatant that I thought I was on a hidden camera television program or something.
There’s a blonde-haired blued-eyed guy who was also a guest in the club.
He looked like a non-local himself, I couldn’t make sure his real nationality because the club has various International clientele.
I did not know him, never saw him before, we were absolutely strangers to each other.
But he started making some kung-fu moves / karate chops, and some barking / shouting toward me, obviously, after he saw me having an East Asian face.
And not just once or twice, he pulled that stuff literally every time I walked past him.
At first, I just ignored him, because I thought he was mentally ill, and there’s no point reacting to a patient who talks or acts crazy.
But later, I found that he was actually talking to the bar staff members quite normally like a healthy human being. Few minutes later, I walked past him again, and he did all those moronic tricks again. All this proved that he was deliberately acting like that out of his free will, instead of an act due to mentally ill.
I hold my nerve, talked to him in peace, "With all due respect, Sir, this is not funny."
He shrugged and replied,"This is funny."
I had a few more sentences with him explaining to him that what he was doing may be considered offensive and racist in other parts of the world, but he didn’t seem to understand me. (Apparently, both of us were not English native speakers, so not sure if it was a language barrier or he just simply not listening to me.)
Okay, obviously, he thought what he did was absolutely legitimate.
I saw there’s no point mingling with him anymore, and for god’s sake I was in Europe for vacation, not there to educate some European moron about cultural respect, so I ignored him completely after that.
That guy was at the same height and size as I, so I wasn’t really terrified by his kung-fu or karate stuff.
I just couldn’t understand how his brain operated.
After I told this encounter to one of my European friend, he replied something interesting.
“Generally, if Europeans have a strong dislike or hatred against a certain ethnic group, Europeans will usually dodge them. The fact that the guy was very open and blatant meant that he did not do that out of dislike or hatred. I don’t know. Maybe he just wanted to say hi to you or make you laugh or something.”
What do you folks think?
What would you do if you were me?
And, please, don’t tell me "Just pummel that guy!"
I was there for vacation as a foreign tourist, and I’m a well-behaved person who have never ever got into a fight, so I think that was the best way I could deal with the situation back then.