Edit desk: Straw man

Did he just lick my straw and put it back into my drink?

While about one-third of you were sipping non-alcoholic Piña coladas in Punta Cana, I was meeting “Twitterlebrities” in Austin, Texas, for South by Southwest. But, at some point, I had to log out of Twitter.

My friend Andrea and I were having a few non-alcoholic drinks at a hotel bar when a man, whom we’ll call Mr. Straw, ambles over and introduces himself. Two minutes of small talk later, he puts his arm around my friend. She and I casually glance at each other. Yep, he’s a creeper.

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One thought on “Edit desk: Straw man

  1. Hi Liz,

    I read the whole column on B&W, and the answer to your question (why do people do this) is easy – it’s the need to dominate, and to see if whoever he’s targeting is letting him do it. (It can signal his prey will let him escalate things further.) I’m glad the bartender intervened, because that guy coming back after he took a sip from your friend’s drink was not a good thing at all.

    Next time try to prepare a reply to use so you don’t have to think about it when you’re shocked by someone’s rude behavior. Will keep the weirdos at bay. (In fact, your friend should probably have taken his arm off her shoulder right away, without looking offended but looking very firm, and not let him even touch her drink. Otherwise it makes saying no later more difficult.)

    Sounds like you had a lot of adventures at SXSW! Hopefully you’ll get to go next year too, when you’re back in TX.

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