I’ve been watching you…

Scene: You’re out with friends at a bar/restaurant for a night out, when a stranger with a polaroid camera comes up and offers to take a photo of your group. Ultimately, after you think this person is just being one of those kind people trying to capture the good times in a snapshot, you find out that you owe this person money. Shocked or not, you’re stuck, so you fork over the dough. You’re a little dismayed, perhaps.

But what if that person hadn’t come up to you right away….what if they hung around, snapping photos without you knowing….being sneaky….then came to you and said “hey! look at these great pics i took!”. Feel a bit creepy? It’s sort of what happened to us at the Cubby Bear last night while watching the Not-So-Super Bowl. Except this guy was drawing us. Watching us from another table, for 20 minutes perhaps. He then passes over a picture with caricatures of the 4 of us. He says he doesn’t expect payment…I certainly wasn’t going to give him anything. But I was immediately put off. Some guy watching us from a distance, drawing us out? Can’t people just let other people be? I don’t mind if you ask first…but the thought of some guy staring at us, drawing us while we’re having a good time, sitting around watching tv….something a little annoying about it. And strange. Please, just have some respect for the other people around you….

2 Comments so far

  1. nikkos (unregistered) on February 6th, 2006 @ 3:35 pm

    Good thing he didn’t draw a picture of you with a bomb in your turban. Things might have gotten ugly.

  2. notabbott (unregistered) on February 6th, 2006 @ 4:22 pm

    Same guy was doing this last Sunday at Gingerman, but he was sitting at the next table over and wasn’t exactly hiding what he was doing, so I wasn’t *that* creeped out by it. I guess I’m not helping in that I gave him some money, but I thought he sorta got me right. Haven’t gotten around to posting a scan yet, though.

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