Michelle’s Story: “It’s disgusting to me that someone thinks it’s okay to harass someone at their damn workplace”

I work at a gym, at the front desk. There is an older man (he’s in his late 70s) who comes in every single morning. He’s one of these old men who apparently thinks he’s “suave”, but he is not. He comes off as creepy. He’ll make references about how, when he’s finished at the gym, he’ll be going home to finish up his workout with his wife.

I was out one day for a walk, and as I was crossing the parking lot of the mall, I heard a voice yell, “Hey!” I turned and saw him sitting in his car. He waved, I waved back, and I thought that was the end of it.

The next day, at work, he came in and started peppering me with questions. What had I been doing out on my own? Where had I been going? Wow, I walk fast (apparently he had sat in his car and *watched* me walk until I was out of sight.)

When he asked me where I had been going, I said I had probably been headed home at that point. Then he says, “Oh, where do you live?”

I told him that it was really none of his business where I lived, and I didn’t really like the fact that he had been watching me. He got offended and said that none of the other girls who work the front desk get offended by him, and I told him that I’m not the other girls, and that I don’t appreciate being made to deal with his comments.

It’s disgusting to me that someone thinks it’s okay to harass someone at their damn workplace. I may have to be civil to him at work, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to put up with him outside of work.
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