Riding the train home, I was sitting on a seat by myself when I was tapped on the shoulder from behind:
"I just got home from jail…." at this point I stopped listening as my brain asked me, over & over "did he really say "jail "?
He didn't seem threatening – he was actually not that badly dressed though he did have odd shoes on. I asked him to repeat what he said and then I still couldn't get past "jail" – I think he was asking for money. I was so confused I just shook my head when his mouth stopped moving.
I watched him walk forward in the carriage and noted that he only approached people on their own – he did not discriminate between black or white, male or female. No-one gave him anything or entered into further conversation. Perhaps he hoped the word "jail" would work as an intimidation tactic though, from what I could see, it was not successful.
Maybe we are so jaded that we assume anyone approaching us on the metro is going to beg so we are preparing the no in our heads before they open their mouths – no matter what they ultimately say.
I wonder if he really was just released….
Here comes the train:
There goes the train: