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[–]wildertronix 6564 points6565 points 2 (163 children)

Fighting game community for those unaware

[–]KeepTangoAndFoxtrot 2199 points2200 points  (39 children)

Thank you. I was trying to work that out in my head, got "fights, gyms, ...cats??", then gave up.

[–]keneno89 472 points473 points  (7 children)

There's cats, end of story

[–]KodiakPL 325 points326 points  (2 children)

It's fucking obviously Fstreet Gfighter C, Christ you people

[–]Paid_Redditor 186 points187 points  (7 children)

Best I could come up with was “fucking gesus christ”.

[–]RagnarRipper 95 points96 points  (3 children)

Thank you! "Fairly grounded crabs" didn't make sense, so I knew it couldn't have been that.

[–]nikovagu 534 points535 points  (54 children)

First rule of the fighting game community: you don't talk about the fighting game community.

[–]keep_me_at_0_karma 334 points335 points  (32 children)

Second rule of the fighting game community: if you see someone else in the fighting game community, you have to fight talk about the fighting game community.

[–]WeirdPumpkin 212 points213 points  (8 children)

Third rule of the community: "Your character's bullshit, this match up sucks, why do I always play the low tiers"

-Plays the best character in the game

[–]Eep1337 23 points24 points  (14 children)

you do have to declare your favorite game, though

SF4 or bust for me

[–]TheUltimateMuscle 15 points16 points  (2 children)

SF4 doesnt get enough love. Smash Melee is my game but SF4 was so fun even casually. Loved the way the game looked and the combo trials were something I always enjoyed doing to pass the time

[–]Kyderra 53 points54 points  (10 children)

I thought rule #1 was: "Do not shake hands with a Blanka player"

[–]ImGonnaKickTomorrow 9 points10 points  (3 children)

Is this an electrocution joke, or are Blanka players generally assholes? I've only ever played sf2 in the arcade as a kid when it first came out, and always played as either Blanka, Chun-Li, or Dhalsim.

[–]CableTrash 150 points151 points 2 (24 children)

Pet peeve of mine is when people use terminology specific to their fandom in regular conversation with other people, as if everyone else knows wtf they’re talking about.

[–]VaguelyArtistic 19 points20 points  (1 child)

I’m old so I come across a lot of new acronyms and slang. The definition is usually the first one or two Google results.

[–]SnarkyPanther 25 points26 points  (0 children)

When I googled FGC I got “female genital cutting” >~<‘ not what I was after. I almost had the actual meaning, but the C threw me off — and I love fighting games lol

[–]Anthony-ELRETRAHD 855 points856 points  (36 children)

I'm just looking at the second person's profile picture

Edit: I am looking at not looking for. As a guy I already have enough p#rn problems someone else might need the sauce. Not me

[–]Marcusafrenz 139 points140 points  (6 children)

Don't ask me how I know but it's a guy in the pfp.

[–]Anthony-ELRETRAHD 58 points59 points  (1 child)

I know how you know. (Not the same way you know about it but I'm still sick enough to know)

[–]Mowensworld 9712 points9713 points 33 (458 children)

A massive body building dude bro came up to me (a fairly flabby overweight dude bro)in the gym while I had earphones on and wave to get my attention. Turns out he wanted to talk about One Piece since he saw my Straw Hat Luffy tattoo. I don't have a point or opinion I just wanted to tell that story since it was similar.

[–]ANTIFA-Q 3155 points3156 points  (97 children)

Did you bang?

[–]__Sentient_Fedora__ 217 points218 points  (9 children)

"Spot me bro?"

"I'll spot you so hard bro"

[–]blickblocks 161 points162 points  (6 children)

"Do you even lift bro?"

"I lift your whole heart bro"

[–]Circumin 65 points66 points  (3 children)

Do you wanna go bro? Huh?

Go where?

To dinner and a movie.


[–]mwilliams705 82 points83 points  (9 children)

I think you mean “did he get One Piece?”

[–]jfbnrf86 34 points35 points  (1 child)

He gave him the one piece

[–]Michamus 891 points892 points  (78 children)

I once saw someone pressing with bent wrists. Went up to let them know they were going to regret that after a few months. Gave them a wave, they took out their headphones. I told them what's up. They asked how they should be doing it. I coached them through it, they thanked me, and we went our seperate ways.

[–]honest-miss 367 points368 points  (22 children)

THAT is the stuff I live for in gyms.

When people talk about being scared of going to the gym, I totally get it. But also, stuff like what you described happens pretty consistently there. I don't know a lot of other places where the baseline behavior is to reach out in that kind of friendly, low-stakes, low-expectation kind of way.

It's really fucking cool and I firmly believe every time someone shares a story like that, it convinces a scared person to give it a shot. Firmly believe it.

Oh, dang, all the way to the end of the comment and I haven't even said it yet: Good on you for taking that initiative and braving a possible negative reaction. And thanks for sharing so other people can see this type of stuff.

[–]TitanBrass 155 points156 points  (10 children)

I remember going to my college's gym pre-COVID to try and build muscle and lose weight. I mainly did running or something on treadmills, then went, "y'know what? I'm gonna try the machines and weights." I began to struggle, then out of nowhere this buff guy comes up and not only helps me adjust to the machines, but helps spot me on weights.

Sadly can't go back due to COVID and me having my grandparents at home, but that was just awesome.

[–]SammySoapsuds 79 points80 points  (21 children)

I love stuff like this! In spite of the "shitty gym bro" stereotypes I have never had a bad or frustrating conversation at the gym...its always been helpful tips like this or really necessary form corrections, or just people wanting to say a quick hello.

Edit: I'm a woman for what it's worth. I recognize that I've been lucky to not be hit on or challenged in a gross way and in no way was trying to suggest that doesn't happen, or that there isn't a very valid reason to not want to talk to strangers

[–]Bandito21Dema 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I know it's stupid but I always get terrified that everyone is staring and judging me when I go to the gym. I know they aren't, I know no one cares, but it still gets me

[–]LurkerPatrol 61 points62 points  (2 children)

I had a “titanfall” shirt on from a loot crate I received ages ago and several gym bros were giving me “nice shirt!”s and talking to me about it.

Edit: serendipitously picked out that shirt today after my run! https://imgur.com/a/daxZe1G

[–]Swagmonger 774 points775 points  (178 children)

Gym bros are some of the chillest people and most of them are weebs. It seems dragonball in particular inspired a ton of dudes to work out

[–]Ginger_Giant_ 299 points300 points  (117 children)

Can confirm, I know a significant number of anime / gamer / larper lifters.

[–]Donniexbravo 215 points216 points  (74 children)

I just love how "nerd stuff" has become so mainstream now, like people who you would never expect by looking at them can be some of the biggest anime nerds when you talk to them.

[–]xJD88x 152 points153 points  (31 children)

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is notorious for this. You'd be amazed at how many people who train to maim and strangle people several times a week also have 2+ gaming systems, a WoW account, DBZ apparel, a D&D campaign going, drop anime references constantly, have crunchyroll subscriptions, etc.

[–]kenkanobi 44 points45 points  (3 children)

I reckon it all started because napoleon dynamite had skills with the bo staff

[–]ZootZootTesla 21 points22 points  (7 children)

A friend who tried to get me into BJJ said its the Martial Art for nerds haha.

[–]Gullible_Salt_5684 13 points14 points  (7 children)

100%. I’ve been training BJJ for 11 years, and some of the nastiest killers on the mat are the most intellectual, soft spoken, nerdiest guys I’ve ever met.

[–]osprey1984 46 points47 points  (9 children)

I remember trying to show my "friends" a bootleg DBZ VHS my older brother sent me from Japan back in like 99 when I was in Highschool and my friends laughed at me. So i was a closeted Anime fan for years. Now its so popular you almost look like a poser if your a fan.

[–]Numinak 21 points22 points  (2 children)

I got lucky and ended up finding a small 'anime' group in my tiny town back in 95. We'd get together once a month and watch shows from this guys collection (Didn't know what an otaku was back then). He litterally had a room of floor to ceiling vhs tapes of Anime. And back then they were really expensive for a 2-3 episode tape.

[–]Jaykay604 72 points73 points  (21 children)

Yup ex gang memeber here and I love anime and final fantasy and zelda and people probably wouldn't know unless I bring it up. People totally judge by the way you look nowadays

[–]Donniexbravo 29 points30 points  (3 children)

Lol people have always judged people by their looks unfortunately, but yeah. My old boss was a total meathead looking gym rat and football fanatic and was so into Godzilla that he has seen every single one (apparently in Japan they have released one every year since the original) but you'd never know unless it was brought up.

[–]echothread 22 points23 points  (4 children)

People judge for anything. It’s a damned shame. Do t let anyone get you down, keep livin the good life, friend.

[–]cyrusthevirhus 86 points87 points  (34 children)

I lift my dragon balls every day.

[–]joonty 17 points18 points  (26 children)

Is your username a reference to Con Air?

[–]cyrusthevirhus 17 points18 points  (19 children)

It's my original msn email address. I had cyrusthevirus, but couldn't remember my password, and back then you didn't have any way to reset them, so it's gone now.

Same with my original Xbox live handle. I couldn't remember the pattern. Ever since 2004, everything is now with the H.

Good movie, though.

[–]Lvl1Paladin 26 points27 points  (6 children)

Dragon Ball or My Hero Academia are the two big common ones for me.

[–]CapableCollar 15 points16 points  (3 children)

Any anime about self improvement is big at the gym.

[–]Cyber_AF 17 points18 points  (1 child)

My gym once played a bunch of watchmojo "top 10 fights in anime" lists on the TVs. It was weirdly motivational...

[–]AarXsh 15 points16 points  (1 child)

anime motivated me to study more and all. Yuwamushi cycle really just motivated me to do stuff that I usually wouldn't like to do/ was too lazy to do.

[–]Michamus 10 points11 points  (3 children)

I know it did it for me. I remember working out with my high school best friend wearing our DBZ shirts and hitting a new max.

[–]danteheehaw 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Anytime I wear any anime shirt to the gym I get talked to a lot about said anime. Gym bros are nerds.

Also, people compliment my anime shirts when I'm at the mall. Which always takes me by surprise because I rarely know what I'm wearing and, in general, I don't ever really look at other people when I'm out. As I'm usually out with my wife and kids who tend to have my undivided attention.

[–]cajun_kick_ass 23 points24 points  (5 children)

Man I dont have a Luffy tattoo but I'd love if a random stranger would come up to me to talk about One Piece. Honestly, I think it would make my day. Any day!

[–]tabgrab23 9 points10 points  (0 children)

You know what you gotta do buddy

[–]HermitIX9 23 points24 points  (2 children)

I got a friend who's built like freaking thor and I used to play d&d with him often, dude was the biggest weeb and I'm not even using that term ironically.

[–]Rottendog'MURICA 11 points12 points  (0 children)

My optometrist spotted my Rurouni Kenshin shirt and got excited to talk about it. Blew my mind that she even knew it.

[–]MidnightNick01 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I have a nico robin tattoo, I would have talked you too

[–]ilep 970 points971 points  (22 children)

15 minutes is too soon. You need to wait until people are too tired to run away.


[–]Dysfunctional_Vet12 253 points254 points  (19 children)

That's how I bagged my wife.

[–]Mat_Quantum 79 points80 points  (10 children)

Did you use a heavy duty 50-gal or was it an over-the-head type deal?

[–]DancingKappa 1606 points1607 points  (59 children)

Damn you even used the same title when you got this from r/whitepeopletwitter when It was posted less than a hour before yours. Let the body cool first you vulture.

[–]emmudge 282 points283 points  (24 children)

Welcome to Reddit that’s kinda how things work around here man

[–]angelbeats147 207 points208 points  (12 children)

I don’t think you should trust a guy with cropped hentai as his Twitter pfp to know anything about social graces.

[–]no_one_in_particle 49 points50 points  (0 children)

Yeah, everyone in here is missing the point that if someone has earbuds in leave them alone. It's a clear sign that they want to be left alone. Unless it's an emergency. Some people just aren't as into socializing while they are trying to get shit done like exercising. I used to do this on my way home after dealing with customers all day and ppl just couldn't pick up on all the signs I was giving off to be left alone. Look dude I have been appeasing ppl all day, I'm tired and I just want to ride the bus home with minimal human interaction.

[–]fixxxer93 745 points746 points  (41 children)

I don’t see a poor guy. I’m sure he’s ok. If someone has headphones in, that tells me they don’t want to be bothered.

[–]crestren 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Was about to say this because...poor guy? Poor woman, the woman in question got harassed on twitter and a lot of assumptions got thrown against her, even things she didnt say.

[–]summerlily06 13 points14 points  (0 children)

The entitled rejects see “poor guy”. Let them cry it out.

[–][deleted] 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Yeah, no offense fighting game folks, but I’ve met some of you, and if I was a woman, at a gym, doing cardio, that’s three good reasons I would say I don’t play Street Fighter, even if I absolutely loved Street Fighter. Subtlety and savoir faire are not necessarily the art forms of hardcore gaming communities, and fighting games have well documented toxic elements (Smash) that you’d at least do well to avoid during a gym session.

Also, if you think I’m talking down to you, I’m a speedrunner and a dungeon master. I stand with y’all in that social awkwardness. But you just gotta leave people alone at the gym.

[–]_its_a_vibe_ 389 points390 points  (23 children)

Eh, when I'm doing cardio and have earbuds in, it is kinda annoying when someone tries speaking with you. Just my opinion!

[–]luseegoosey 88 points89 points  (14 children)

I get the community but like I'm not gonna force my way into a conversation just bc we have the same interests.. even more so at a gym. Dude could've waited to talk if he really needed to ask her if she plays..

Not to mention, Dude brings the perspective of the FGC but how about acknowledging the fact that women generally receive a lot of unwanted advances from men. That's a perspective from a woman and makes her actions and thoughts and feelings even more understandable

[–]_its_a_vibe_ 44 points45 points  (7 children)

I especially felt that as a woman. Countless times men have tried talking to me at inappropriate times. Omg I just remembered, I was taking a walk with my dog and 5 yr old niece, and a neighbor (I hadn't met yet) jogs up to us, asks how we're doing. Then proceeds to ask if I need weed, ecstasy, coke, 'anything you need', is what he said. My niece doesn't miss a beat either, so I look at him and hiss: now is not the time ... he wouldn't drop it! So I said, yo not now, not now. He ended up walking away all salty and he called me rude. Oh really, I'm the rude one sir? And best bet my niece asked what he was talking about. I dont even remember what I said to her...

[–]grape_boycott 42 points43 points  (4 children)

One time a dude interrupted my cardio and then after I was done I interrupted his cardio and showed him a bunch of pics of my dog he looked really annoyed.

[–]sunfloweronmars 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Love this lmao

[–]_its_a_vibe_ 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I really hope you did that! That's hilarious

[–]grape_boycott 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I did but my boyfriend was in the free weights section I wouldn’t have done this if he wasn’t there for backup.

[–]UsagiDelioraHellsing 990 points991 points  (552 children)

I’m a guy and I don’t understand why so many dudes offended someone explain? What’s the point in bothering someone who you see is working out?

[–]TeddyRivers 412 points413 points  (17 children)

As someone who used to spend a lot of time in the gym, I would have reacted the same way. It's bad gym etiquette to intrupt someone's workout. Earbuds in is the signal that you don't want to talk.

[–]UsagiDelioraHellsing 143 points144 points  (0 children)

Not even at a gym lol when I was still in highschool if someone had headphones in they didn’t wanna be bothered we would either tap the desk and get their attention or just not bother and put the worksheet on their desk.

[–]Skagritch 929 points930 points  (377 children)

A lot of dudes get really angry when they realize women might not want to talk to them at all at points.

Which is literally why she reacted like this in the first place. Because if you give these guys an inch you're now responsible for their emotional well being or some shit.

[–]natyei 376 points377 points  (200 children)

but... but the fighting game community bruh....

[–]ionlycriedfor20mins 71 points72 points  (11 children)

thank youuu I was really surprised that people were upset with the girl in this situation. It’s emotionally exhausting to have to entertain men’s conversations in situations where you’re trying to be focused or have time alone.

Every time I go to my pool, the same guy appears out of nowhere and motions for me to take out my headphones so he can talk to me. You’ll be at the grocery store with headphones in and a guy will wave for you to take them out so he can talk to you. Same thing with the gym, school, working on your car, running errands, literally everywhere.

Men are not entitled to a conversation at all times. Sometimes we just want to be left alone, man. If it was rare then I wouldnt care and I would have the conversation. But it’s constant. I would be short and put my headphones back in too if I were her.

[–]cutiebranch 16 points17 points  (3 children)

I was ringing up stuff in the self-checkout lane with giant earphones on. The checkout attendant walks over to me and taps me on the shoulder.

Thinking it was something important, like I miscanned or something, I took down my headphones.

“Hi!” He said, waving.

What the fuck. I just put my headphones on. He has, since then, come over to me during self check out and commented on my dress, my appearance, what I’m buying, to the extent I avoid shopping at that location. Which sucks because it’s a ten minute walk, versus a fifteen minute drive.

And now when I have to go in I just completely do not acknowledge him at all. When he speaks to me it is nothing to me. And I’m sure the people around me are thinking “wow, why is she being so mean, what a bitch”

[–]Wylie_RRR 414 points415 points  (8 children)

This post deserves a facepalm

[–]MaebeeNot 5335 points5336 points & 2 more (510 children)

Yeah, while 'Someone had the audacity to speak to me in public!' Isn't a great look, having both headphones in (especially at the gym where you're actively doing something as well) is the universal sign for Not Here To Make Small Talk.

[–]cheezeyballz 534 points535 points  (38 children)

For me, every time I've given them the benefit of the doubt, I've regretted it. I didn't come to make friends. I came to focus and get my workout on.

[–]LittleJub 276 points277 points  (7 children)

Same. I once had this guy who wanted to show me pictures of the shoes he was designing. I pretended to look while I kept running. Then he recommended I check out a website called 'The Muslim Problem'. That's when I put my headphones back in and pretended I couldn't hear him

[–]PancakeParty98 118 points119 points  (6 children)

They always hit you with that left turn

[–]Rawkynn 1561 points1562 points  (135 children)

Headphones have gotten so small there are often times I cant tell people are wearing them unless I'm right up next to them. Especially if their hair covers their ears a bit or they're wearing a hoody.

[–]ProtoJazz 2385 points2386 points 2 (72 children)

I started a new job and one of my coworkers wore air pods a lot. I'd never actually seen them before enough to know they had touch controls.

So as far as I could tell I'd try to ask him a question, and he'd just tap his earbuds to let me know he was listening to music.

Which meant he also thought I was weird in that I'd always leave when he paused his music

[–]Port_Royale 798 points799 points  (6 children)

Hahaha I can't stop laughing picturing this.

[–]Chapeaux 443 points444 points  (3 children)

"This mf just making sure I stop my music to piss me off" lmao

[–]Only_One_Left_Foot 21 points22 points  (2 children)

It's like asking someone to roll their window down at a stop, just to drive away when they do.

[–]sonofaresiii 103 points104 points  (25 children)

I don't have airpods, so maybe they work better on those, but I hate the touch controls on my earbuds. Every time I try to adjust, or put them in or take them out or anything, it just messes up whatever I'm listening to.

Touch controls on headphones are great. Earbuds, not my style. They never seem to have a way to turn them off either, at least not that I've seen (maybe I need to dig around in the settings more)

[–]MaloneDSSP 32 points33 points  (2 children)

I don’t know if it will be the same for all earbuds, but with AirPods if you’re on iPhone you can turn the touch controls off by going into Settings>Bluetooth and then tap the blue “i” icon next to your earbuds whilst you’re connected to them. Should bring up touch control options where you can turn the touch controls off. Hopefully that’s helpful because touch controls on earbuds drive me absolutely up the wall too, I know your pain.

[–]zwiebelhans 14 points15 points  (1 child)

I actually really like my airpods controls. You can adjust what you want the controls to do too. So I simply set mine up that a tap is pause and another tap is play.

[–]hobesmart 38 points39 points  (8 children)

The airpods are built in a way that it's hard to accidentally trigger them.

[–]KKlear 12 points13 points  (0 children)


[–]Olaskon 213 points214 points  (17 children)

I wear big over ear headphones. People still interrupt me to make some inane comment, and keep going till I remove the headphones so I can hear them. I don’t think the size of earphones is the problem.

[–]BidElectronic3251 21 points22 points  (4 children)

I was just at the laundromat yesterday with obviously headphones in and some old dude made the “take your earphones out I want to say something to you” when I did it was “well that wasn’t too hard now was it?” I’m sorry did you have anything else to say? “No just that it looked like rain” earbuds go right back in as I roll my eyes at him.

[–]Bumbly_B 10 points11 points  (0 children)

One of my coworkers wears big headphones so she doesn't have to listen to one specific person talk nonstop. This girl will come up to her and just talk for like 15 minutes while she just nods until she leaves, then turn to me and be like "uh did she say anything important?" The answer is always no.

[–]Robber_Tell 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Then you get to play: is he crazy? Or is it bluetooth!? One of my favorite people watching games lol

[–]Covinus 50 points51 points  (0 children)

Was going to say this, person with headphones on is not the asshole

[–]Classic-Cut-1242 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Exactly! How bout leave people alone during strenuous exercise. Regardless of gender.

[–]Indominable_J 107 points108 points  (17 children)

My gym plays shitty music. Headphones there are also a universal sign of having taste/owning headphones.

[–]Crumb_Rumbler 128 points129 points  (6 children)

"Having headphones in is a universal sign of owning headphones" lmaoo i mean you're not wrong

[–]Donny-The-Sasquatch 748 points749 points  (128 children)

I wore a shirt that started a conversation at the gym with a bloke once, I never wore that shirt to the gym again.

[–]CaptCaCa 50 points51 points  (3 children)

Plain black and plain white t’s are the cheatcode

[–]SomeStupidPerson 75 points76 points  (2 children)

Plain White T’s? Awesome bro, what’s your favorite song by them? I know you’re in the middle of your set, but did you listen to their last album? Totally cool stuff. Can I share an unpopular opinion? Honestly I think The Giving Tree is way too underrated, and Rhythm of Love got so much of the spotlight it’s kinda like a self-inflicted wound but I guess it’s kind of a weird song in the first place and isn’t so much a song you’d wanna just randomly burst out and sing compared to ROL (rhythm of love) and anyway I was just wonder-

[–]bfodder 51 points52 points  (0 children)

This is my favorite comment in this whole post.

[–]MoshPitGarbage 479 points480 points  (80 children)

I have an old Behemoth tank top that I used to wear to the gym. I don't wear it anymore because two different men wanted to have a conversation about Behemoth and black metal while I had my ostentatious over-the-ear headphones on and was in the middle of a set. The second guy, charmer that he was, even opened with "Behemoth, huh? Do you even know who that is?" Leave women alone at the gym.

[–]LeonidasSpacemanMD 71 points72 points  (0 children)

Bro what is the impulse that leads people to think “oh, seems we have a shared interest, I guess the best way to proceed is to doubt they actually know or care about that interest” lol aside from the fact he should just leave you tf alone of course

[–]Herry_Up 215 points216 points  (73 children)

Judging by all the comments in here, gyms need to start having signs at the door telling them to leave women alone, smh.

[–]npsimons 69 points70 points  (23 children)

This is the exact sort of behavior for which places like Curves were invented, back before "safe space" was a more widely recognized term. And men wonder why women are always on their guard. Try using some fucking empathy and treat women like people, not slaves to your whims.

ETA: To all you men (and yes, it's men) who don't get this, just read the many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, stories of women being accosted by men demanding their time and attention.

[–]ToBeReadOutLoud 160 points161 points  (34 children)

Even better: People learn that women existing in public is not an automatic invitation to talk.

They shouldn’t need signs to understand basic human interaction, and not just at the gym.

[–]sudev29 575 points576 points  (40 children)

I understand the enthusiasm from the guy. But to be fair, don't interrupt someone's set please. Maybe after they're done with it, yeah. Don't distract them in the middle of it. Not cool guys.

[–]Pastawench 372 points373 points  (25 children)

Alternatively, if they've got headphones on, leave them alone altogether.

[–]sudev29 66 points67 points  (1 child)

Fair enough. That's why I personally don't look for small talk or conversation or even flirting with someone at the gym. I do my shit, ask for help if I need it, leave. The place is a temple.

[–]PostModernPost 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Yeah, headphones or not, I just don't talk to anyone at the gym unless I'm asking if they are done with something or if there is a safety issue.

[–]DoinItDirty 140 points141 points  (34 children)

Dude couldn’t have just gone on his way and ignored it, or at most gestured he liked her shirt without making her take her headphones out? Some people get honed in for their workout, it’s the cathartic place and their music keeps them separate from the world.

Imagine if you were a book in the park and I came up and closed it and started talking. You’d think I had a personality disorder. I’m sure this guy was just excited to meet a member of the community, but let’s not make it normal to bother people who don’t want to be bothered.

[–]lilmerm 670 points671 points  (110 children)

I'm so confused by the majority of these comments. I can't even imagine walking up to a stranger in public, interrupting them from what they're doing, having them take out their headphones, for me to ask them about what's on their freaking shirt. Just leave the woman alone, sheesh.

[–]Mother-Of-Demon 253 points254 points  (12 children)

Came here to say this.

Yeah poor guy. Interrupted a lone female at the gym who was clearly there to work out, was actively working out at the time and had headphones in. So sorry for him /s

[–]Liversteeg 182 points183 points  (2 children)

I’m so genuinely confused as to who the facepalm is supposed to be here. I thought it was obvious that the facepalm was him trying to start a conversation in that setting. I thought the title was sarcastic. And then I read the comments. And then I remembered how much Reddit hates women.

[–]clamwhammer 43 points44 points  (1 child)

ITT: Every virgin who's never worked out getting mad about what they perceive to be proper gym etiquette regarding women.

[–]kingt34 30 points31 points  (2 children)

… how are none of the other comments addressing the weird display picture.

[–]makaiver 34 points35 points  (2 children)

Why are people talking at the gym? Go in do your shit and leave.

[–]KobaltKitten36 780 points781 points  (269 children)

kinda just sounds like she didn't want to talk/interact with him. idk if that's really that bad.

[–]PussyMalanga 73 points74 points  (3 children)

Yup. Headphones on and doing cardio work means DON'T DISTURB.

[–]PC509 33 points34 points  (0 children)

No, it's not. Especially during a workout. They're busy af, they're stressing their body, they're kicking ass. I don't even want to have a conversation with my best friend when I'm going hard at the gym. I'm too busy and trying to stay focused and breath...

She wasn't a bitch. Bad timing, bad location.

[–]jhuseby 470 points471 points  (169 children)

It’s not bad at all. She doesn’t owe him anything, a response or conversation included. He’s not entitled to anything about the woman. Is she a bitch like other people said? Maybe, I’m not going to judge, but people are entitled to their opinions, they’re not entitled to anything from anyone else though.

[–]iequaltrac 135 points136 points  (10 children)

The comments about “I agree but doesn’t mean she needs to be an asshole”, in my opinion, aren’t entirely fair.

Is she an asshole in general? There’s no way to know from this one post. She was engaged in a solitary activity with reasonable expectations to not to be interrupted, with an elevated heart rate, adrenaline and probably focusing on breathing. That would make anyone snap if interrupted. Now if you’re reaction to that is, “I would politely tell that guy to allow me to finish my workout” or something, then great. You’re a saint and you get a gold star for being better than other people. It’s not this woman’s job to make that guy feel good about interrupting her.

As for her posting about it, if you’re offended that she is broadcasting her opinion about it in a manner that you find distasteful, Welcome to the Internet. You’re going to have a horrible time. But if her post gets one person to be a little more considerate when approaching someone who is clearly focused on something else just because their hobbies might align, then I imagine she feels her work is done.

EDIT: thank you for the anonymous award! (which I realize seems ironic given my other comment below about being good without reward)

EDIT: thanks for the HUGZ!

[–]Scobinaj 78 points79 points  (0 children)

TBH when I have both headphones in (especially at the gym) that’s when I’m in my zone. don’t talk to me.

[–]wienerdogqueen 38 points39 points  (1 child)

Nobody owes you attention tf? Why would you interrupt someone’s workout, someone who HAS HEADPHONES IN, and expect a friendly conversation?

[–]FlinnyWinny 49 points50 points  (0 children)

In my experience they're a pretty toxic all boys club. Not all of them, obviously, but that's my experience.

[–]P00PMcBUTTS 96 points97 points  (18 children)

Who is the intended facepalm on? The girl was in the right and the nerd who replied to her got offended by a freaking tweet.

[–]mjh10896 115 points116 points  (15 children)

Because pretty much all women know how this kind of stuff works: If she said yes politely, it would have gone into the next question and then the next question. Maybe he would have started hitting on her. People aren’t at the gym to make friends, and a lesson I’ve had to learn the hard way many times is we don’t owe strangers anything, even something as small as friendly conversation.

[–]Secure-Imagination11 61 points62 points  (0 children)

we don’t owe strangers anything

Thank you! All these people saying she could have been nicer. For fucking what??

[–]BubblyPlace 74 points75 points  (2 children)

Nah, it’s rude to talk to someone exercising esp cardio with earbuds in.

[–]MmmSalami 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Honestly ima side with the girl here. She’s working out, earbuds in, clearly in the middle of something. When she didn’t wave back/acknowledge him he shoulda moved on.

It’s just a tad annoying

[–]micktalian 157 points158 points  (38 children)

If someone is doing something, don't interrupt up them, I don't see what's so hard about that. Considering all the shit women have to deal with on a daily basis, I'd say she responded perfectly reasonably.

[–]TakenOverByBots 51 points52 points  (12 children)

I think a "love your shirt!" and pointing to it as they walked by would have sufficed. Then the person could have waved or given a thumbs up but continued their set and not have had to take their headphones out.

[–]BabeOfTheDead 627 points628 points  (279 children)

They are working out with earbuds in their ears. Since when did that become a good time to strike up a conversation with ANYONE?

[–]Ashmedai 50 points51 points  (6 children)

Interrupting someone in the middle of cardio with or without earbuds = no no.

[–]refinnej7 131 points132 points  (24 children)

Exactly - what is with the incels here? It's not "poor guy". It's "let people work out in peace". Seems like the guy interrupted her while she's actively working out. And she had to give a harsher response, because obviously this guy didn't respect her to start with.

[–]Ok_Jicama_1056 21 points22 points  (0 children)

I agree with her. At the gym with earbuds in isn’t really the time to say “hey, I like your shirt” to strangers. You don’t even know her, stfu and work out.

[–]NiceCockBrotato 69 points70 points  (6 children)

Both headphones in, mid workout, and Reddit is like “HoW DaRe SHe Be rUdE To hIm??”

[–]StarryEyedThinker 109 points110 points  (7 children)

Everyone seems to be forgetting she was actively working out in the gym with 2 earbuds in. That is a clear do not talk signal. This guy was intruding. If this was a party, its big different, but she's literally working out. Leave her alone lol

[–]Tele_Viper 8 points9 points  (0 children)

If a person is working out and wearing earbuds, leave them alone!

[–]Camouflash 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Fucking hell the comment section here is weird af

[–]BungalowBootieBitch 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Maybe it's just me but I really don't want to make small talk at the gym of all places. Street Fighter is absolutely a dope game. However, I'm at the gym. My time is limited and I'd prefer to take advantage of every minute I have. If that makes me some anti-social jerk, then so be it.

[–]Bathbathcat 41 points42 points  (2 children)

He could have waited until she finished her cardio. Imagine going up to a person running on the treadmill and saying something that could wait ??

[–]RighBread 15 points16 points  (1 child)

I get that the guy was just trying to make conversation, but it's amazing how many people think they are entitled to your time and attention at any given moment. Regardless of whether you think she was rude, the OP in this scenario literally owes the guy nothing.

[–]Lamprophonia 38 points39 points  (1 child)

This is the most neckbeard post I've seen in a long time

[–]borkthegee 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I'm on her side. People who are exercising with buds in don't want to be interrupted for anything, regardless of your hobby.

Leave people alone, especially when they obviously want to be left alone.