Thursday, June 13, 2013

Shirt Traffic

Lately, I’ve been wearing shirts with sayings around the street I’ve noticed an odd trend. People (random people) stop, read the shirts and tell you what they think about them.

Now, it can be nice to get a random compliment, but there are a few things wrong with this.

1. I don’t know what they are talking about half the time. Let’s say my shirt says, “When all else fails, hope everyone else fails with you.” Someone comes up to me randomly and says, “ha I totally agree.” I know I’m wearing the shirt, but when I first hear this I’m thinking, “what are you agreeing with?”

Of course, five minutes later, I remember I’m wearing the shirt and realize what he meant.

2. Every time someone wants to read the shirt they stop. Just stop. Like in the middle of the street while everyone is walking they will just stop and read, holding up traffic. “¿por qué?,” I’m thinking. (Don’t ask me why I’m thinking Spanish.) As Dory said in Finding Nemo, “just keep swimming and don’t stop randomly to read my shirt.” At least I think it was something like that. 

3. The worst part is when people stop me to read. Okay I understand, my shirt is hilarious and I am awesome, so naturally you want to read the shirt, but why must you make me stand still so that you can read it. Then again, maybe that is the price of wearing an awesome shirt (that and $17.99 plus shipping and handling).

So I’ve decided to send the following message to all those who do this. Please stop. Stop commenting out of context, stop holding up traffic, and stop stopping me to read. Do this for the good of society.

Are you also annoyed by this? Tell me in the comments below.

-The Anon Blogger

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  1. My personal view is that if you choose (voluntarily, because otherwise it is not a choice) to wear a sign on your chest out in public you should not be surprised or annoyed if people think you want them to read it and possibly comment on it. This is why I don't wear shirts with anything written on them.

    There is another related question. Your blog does not give any indication as to your sex or any of your physical characteristics so I don't know if this applies to you on either side of the street, so to speak. But, what if the wearer of the words on a shirt is a large-breasted woman? Does stopping to read her shirt count as ogling?

    I'm not ogling. I'm reading her shirt. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.

  2. I don't mind at all. Often it results in a very pleasant conversation with a stranger.

  3. I always comment on shirts now that I am older I want kids to know that it is really silly to have a walking billboard on their body. We really don't care about your life statements.

    P.S. my favorite shirt I used to wear was "I Love Dorks" people would always come up to me and say that they were a dork. ;)