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#19965

OMG: I was at the SLC the other week sitting by the individual couches that run along the side of the wall, and beside me in a row were these construction workers who literally made rude and derogatory remarks about everyone walking by them. And I mean eeeeveryone; they'd find something to say even if the students were just minding their own business and innocently making their way without trying to attract attention. The insults would just keep on coming, one after the other. Sometimes they'd say insults pretty loudly but disguise it so it wouldn't be so obvious. They'd comment on the simplest things body types, physical appearances, fashion choices, couples that they thought looked odd together, if someone walked or talked funny, and even made sexual comments on younger girls they thought were attractive. And I just kept thinking to myself, wow, are these pigs that miserable with how their own pathetic lives turned out that they feel the need to better themselves through hateful comments on students who 1) they don't even know and 2) are way younger than they are? This wasn't the first time I've witnessed them doing this either; I've seen them crowd together outside ESC with their hands folded and chins high looking for the next stranger person they could talk shit about. I really wanted to say something to them but that 4:1 situation would have most likely ended badly for me.

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  1. Honestly, this shouldn't bother you or anyone else. Stupid people doing stupid things, why are you giving it attention? These people obviously don't know what they're doing ,and they're in for a rude awakening on their own terms.. The problem is we're always trying to change other people's actions, but fail to see our own.

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    1. Verbal abuse is verbal abuse. 'Just ignore it' is not the right approach.

      'Complain about it anonymously on the internet' isn't the right approach either, of course....

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    2. No. I didn't say 'just ignore it.' What I mean is to see the reality of the situation yourself. As life moves forward, a mental attitude like this won't bring them forward; they will learn themselves. This also goes with OP, if you can't see their ideas are not uniquely their own but picked up through conditioning, you can't move forward as a person yourself. Aversion to things that you don't want only makes your sense of self more fragile.

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    3. ^You're so fucking dumb.

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    4. ^ you think your behaviour is any more appropriate than the construction workers?

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    5. Just don't give me any attention.

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  2. Who cares? Rise above their petty attitudes and realize that there will always be people who will act in this manner.

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  3. who cares

    stop getting bothered by inconsequential shit

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  4. I agree with OP, some of the construction workers are straight slobs and they walk around campus like they own the fucking place. I think they're just floored by how much more successful the young students will be compared to themselves they need to do that to gain any self-worth back.... but meh ya can't really do anything about it so just don't start shit lol

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    1. lol... most professionals working in the skilled trades make 6-figure salaries and live in nice houses. They also have practically guaranteed job security and raises over time thanks to their powerful unions. The students walking around aren't 'more successful than them.'

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    2. I think your confusing construction with other real trades.

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    3. Construction is not a skilled trade.

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    4. 4a, you have no idea. There is no way construction crew members make 6 figures. Construction company OWNERS live in nice houses.

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    5. 4d, as I already said, I was referring to skilled trades specialists.

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    6. You guys are still under-estimating wages for people working at big construction companies like this. My friend works on site and makes 32 per hour full time. Not 6 figures but actually way better than many of the people who have BAs, BSc, MA, MSc etc. are going to get anytime soon.

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    7. Whatever the construction workers are making, the reality is that those doing non-technical degrees will make fuck all when they graduate anyway. Unemployment among young people is massive, and many university grads are working service jobs which pay less than a construction worker. If anything, they should feel bad for arts students.

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  5. "lol... most professionals working in the skilled trades make 6-figure salaries and live in nice houses" .. uh I think your confused with people in the management than people digging up the dirt on their salary wage LOL

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    1. No, I'm talking about contractors, electricians, plumbers, welders, carpenters, etc.

      Obviously I don't think the guys hauling stuff around and digging holes for concrete are making that kind of money... but they still have pretty cushy unionized jobs, all things considered.

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    2. Even if they make decent money, they'll still feel socially inferior to we middle-class, university-educated types.

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    3. 5b, why would they? Most of the people I know working in that sector are distinctly comfortable in their own skin, so I can't say I really get what you're implying. We're not a classist society in that sense anymore - haven't been for years.

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    4. haven't been a classist society for years?

      have you even read this thread, 5c?

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    5. 5.b here again.

      If you don't think our society is classist, look at the mainstream media attitude toward gun-totin' Evangelical Republicans from the Southern US (or their attitude to said media!). The media's largely an upper-middle-class preserve; the culture they decry is stereotypically lower/working.

      There are numerous other examples, but that blatant class conflict should suffice to demonstrate that such things aren't gone.

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  6. OP here: It's just something I came across while on campus and I thought it'd be an interesting topic to start a discussion about. I get that I'm bringing attention to something that some deem isn't worth bringing attention to; but I figured it might be something other people have noticed. I'm surprised some people seem bothered by the fact that I was affected about the issue I posted about. Maybe you're simply more desensitized to that type of shit than I am. And I get it's not a massive-scale issue; it's just idiots being idiots right? But I mean, if you overheard those construction workers throwing rude remarks at you, or witnessed first-hand their stupidity, maybe you wouldn't stay silent either. Okay, maybe you wouldn't post about it anonymously like I did; maybe you'd even speak up against them unlike I did. Or maybe you'd keep it to yourself and ignore it. Point is, it starts a conversation; maybe even raises awareness for people who notice them next time around. I guess I'd rather put the spotlight on the assholes rather than walk by and pretend I don't see them when in reality their in my peripheral vision with their dicks out. I did it anonymously like a pussy, but nevertheless now you guys can look out for it...? Ya no?

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    1. OP again. My bad for the slips in grammar lool

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    2. nah OP you're just high

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  7. A lion does not concern himself with the opinion of the sheep.

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    1. the working class are not sheep.

      red pill shill plz go

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  8. Reminds me of something my roommate told me happened last term. Apparently she and her two other friends were walking from McDonalds towards King one night, minding their own business, when some construction workers started yelling racist remarks at them. Seriously, some people need to grow up.

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  9. Lmao. I was watching World Cup matches a few months ago with one of the construction workers in SLC (he was on break). He looked around and said to me, "Look at all the fresh meat." He was referring to all the young women. That comment alone made me cringe. But he was a funny guy. This comment literally has no point at all.

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    1. Yeah the argument literally doesn't have a sharp tip. Literally. Yup.

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  10. I've called Police Services over the comments from construction workers in the past. Remember, this is uncalled for and deserves to be reported when you see it happen.

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  11. " are these pigs that miserable with how their own pathetic lives turned out that they feel the need to better themselves through hateful comments on students"

    This is the most entitled thing I have ever read, jolly good show OP, you privileged brat!

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    1. ^Hardly, its well known people who are dissatisfied with their own life try to make themselves feel better by pointing out flaws in others or putting others down. I am privileged! Suck it!

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    2. ^like 95% of the comments on this site?

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  12. This is when you tell them to fuck off, give them the finger and the dirtiest most disgusted look you can muster and hold your head high. Call campus police too. Soon enough they will know it's not acceptable on campus.

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    1. Lol, what? And you think this is acceptable human behaviour?

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    2. 12a, I'm a very respectable person but if someone is hurling insults like that at me I have every right to tell them to fuck off. Do u consider their actions unacceptable too or only my reaction?

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  13. I noticed it too on the second floor SLC couch area months ago! I'm glad I'm not the only one, I was so disgusted and it really made me feel uncomfortable that they were doing that. They sat there like they owned the place as well.

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  14. OP here: 11, there are so many people who are dissatisied with their lives or life trajectories. I consider myself one of them. I understand I'm still young so I can't really say I've experienced 'adulthood struggle', and yes I am more privileged than others to have a solid support system that puts me through schooling and such; but just because I'm privileged doesn't mean I can't feel supbar and regretful about my own life choices. I see some students my age who are doing amazing things and are landing all the successes I wish I did, and even though I get super envious at times I'm not being a pig about it and going around calling these people c*nts and f*ggots like those construction workers were. If I pride myself in any factor that distinguishes me from those workers, it's the fact that I can be motivated by the hard work and success of those students, rather than see their successes as a threat to my own and act inappropriately in response. Also, just to clarify I was not 11a and would like no one to suck it. 13, I'm glad to find someone who encountered their shit as well!

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  15. Maybe develop a thicker skin and not take everything personally? Or realize the real world has morons with and without degrees.

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    1. You can have a thick skin and still be able to acknowledge that something is not right. Calling out bad behaviour isn't necessarily taking something personally. IMO.

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  16. I personally don't understand how anyone could ignore them... Maybe it's just how I was brought up or who I am but if someone insulted me like that I'd stop and tell them that's unacceptable and to grow up.

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  17. Lmao. They're just jealous. Losers won't be nearly as successful as us

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  18. Happiest Moment of life <3

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  19. I was at the OWL sitting under the umbrellas the other day day dreaming. And got caught doing it. I'm writing this to anyone btw, anyways they annoyed the shit outta me. They were really loud and obnoxious. Most of them anyway... They went round and round in circles talking about nothing. And even hit on a gay chickz.

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  20. I understand it's offensive and considered verbal abuse, but I wouldn't waste time getting upset over it.

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    1. This reminds me of Sasha Grey

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  21. Just mutter "Fucking diploids" when you walk past. They won't be smart enough to know what it means, so they will think it is very insulting. Then when they google it at home, they will be realize what it means, and feel bad about themselves.

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  22. Can't handle the banter?

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  23. Just guys putting down educated women (mostly) they're threatened by. Dad this still goes on here.

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  24. So some guys are being assholes, and people are blaming the victims for not just sitting there and taking it? How does that make sense?
    Call police services and report them for harassment. They are not students or staff. They can be ejected from the building very easily.

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  25. If they're construction workers they have an excuse to stay on campus, and a building schedule to keep. No one's going to threaten that. Workers of any type won't get ejected based on a random complaint from someone who doesn't matter.

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    1. True enough. The workers' union reps would have a field day if that happened.

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