People are sharing their stories of the strangers they can’t forget – the 19 most memorable
We cross paths with so many people throughout our lives that it’s not surprising that we only remember a fraction of them, but funny tweeter Periwinkle Jones wanted to hear about a subsection of that fraction.
Question of the week: is there a stranger that you ever think about or won’t forget ? Be it for good, bad or funny reasons?
— Periwinkle Jones (@peachesanscream) November 25, 2019
Her question certainly struck a chord, because she got a lot of answers, and these were the most memorable – including some that are quite disturbing.
The old woman on the 13 bus who, unsteady on her feet, moved from pole to pole towards the front of the bus as it approached her stop. When she got to my seat she leaned in to my ear real close and whispered:
'Like fuckin Tarzan I am' https://t.co/XrGgcU6G52
— Lady Bramwell (@20thcenturyboyy) November 28, 2019
When I was 5 I was swept out to sea by a freak wave. A passing man ran into the sea to save me, destroying the camera around his neck in the process. He wouldn't let Mum give him the money for it. https://t.co/RhdfKCRF31
— Gutter Bookshop (@gutterbookshop) November 28, 2019
The little old lady I shared an elevator with who clocked my G & T, packet of crisps and copy of Normal People and said, in the poshest accent I've ever heard;
'Ah, the three food groups.' https://t.co/Ynuv9SeKfp
— Dave Rudden (@d_ruddenwrites) November 28, 2019
This little girl who was staring at me when I was at Portage Place mall. I took out my headphones and asked her what was up and she told me I was beautiful. https://t.co/NRcVv2mZRJ
— Blood Red Sonya (@honey_child) November 28, 2019
The man who once stopped me in the middle of Portsmouth high street and asked "Excuse me. Have you seen my sister's emu?" I told him I hadn't. He tutted, shook his head and went on his way. https://t.co/VF2ZRNJBDx
— Chris Webb (@chrisporkerwebb) November 28, 2019
Often think of a middle aged woman with big sun glasses and a little dog in a hand bag who walked smack into the perspex glass wall of the bus stop we were sitting at in Spain. She went mental at us because we were pissing ourselfs and she "could have died". 🙏 (she lived btw)
— Ben (@CockoftheBen) November 27, 2019
Was in a car accident when I was 4, some random man came over to the car wreck and took me out of it, he gave me a teddy to try and cheer me up, I still have the teddy, 15 years later he still pops into my mind, madness https://t.co/I8KTkUEvWV
— Rebecca T (@treadwell00) November 28, 2019
I worked in a call centre and I replied to his query by saying I needed to speak to my superior. He stopped me. Said he was in his late 80's and if he cold tell me one thing it was to never see anyone as superior to myself. They might be senior to me but never superior. https://t.co/IuOEvTE2lB
— Merk (@bigdaddymerk) November 25, 2019
Once, after a rotten date I was in a cab staring out at the wet Euston road wondering if I'd ever meet someone and a guy in the cab next to me was doing the same. I put my hand on the glass and he put his on his window too. Then the lights changed. I think about him sometimes.
— Jenny Colgan (@jennycolgan) 27 November 2019
Walking to work as a new arrival in Bristol one day, I got lost. It was pretty quiet, but then I saw a well-dressed bloke on a bench. When I approached him to ask the way, he turned towards me and I saw he had a chip up each nostril. He didn’t have a bag of chips with him.
— Catherine Phillips (@teaqueenbristol) 26 November 2019