Mick posted the following in the “indulge” thread.
[quote=“mick”] You know, a few years back, I was sitting in a coffee shop, and a quite attractive young girl (maybe only 19) was holding my hand. A middle aged foreign woman came up out of the blue and started telling and the rest of the coffee shop how disgusting it was for a someone as old as myself (late 30’s) to be hitting on girls young enough to be my daughter.
In fact I had met this girl 3 weeks prior on a flight to Korea, she was sitting next to me and we got talking. Seems she was hooking up with an old boyfriend who she used to meet with in Taiwan as he was a tourist guide and hadn’t seen much for year. Kind of going to surprise him and it turns out the only place she would have to stay is his place, and she had no money except for the return ticket in a week!!!
So, I left her my number in case of an emergency, which surprise surprise, it happened after a few days. We met up, she was very teary and I made sure she had money so she could eat and travel, pay the airport tax, have somewhere to stay. And a couple of weeks later, on getting back to Taiwan she called me to return the money and also the father offered me a gift of some very nice tea.
You cant always judge a book by its cover. I couldn’t even explain to the woman why what she was doing was so wrong, as it was none of her business, I’m sure today she still tells the story of how she put the foreigner in his place.
It got me thinking about perceptions and mistakes that can often be made. It also reminded me of a situation I saw in Vietnam a few years ago.
A 50-something white male and a 20-something Asian female were walking hand-in-hand around the lake in Hanoi. A 50-something white woman came up to them and started abusing the guy, telling him how disgusting it was that he was with an Asian female 30 years younger etc. She went on for about 10 minutes, without letting the others get a word in.
When she finally paused for breath, the guy was able to explain that the young woman he was with was in fact his daughter.
Anyone else got any stories about bad perceptions, and jumping to conclusions?