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Unconscious bias

 So coming to work last week… I got off the bus and for some reason my fast pace slowed right down as I found myself walking behind a lady that was impossible to walk past… she looked like a ” bag lady”

Each time I tried to walk past her… I failed…

I got agitated by the fact that I just could not go past her… I couldn’t walk any faster myself to actually make that break…

Each time I tried to walk by… over take her…. there was an obstacle… I.e giving way to some one or something coming the opposite direction..

I did not notice her at first until I became rather agitated with my situation

From the way she was dressed… my conclusion was that she was a bag lady…

You know… Multiple disorganised layers of clothing

I then started looking at the lady herself

All her clothing were not matching

 Looking rather oversized…  layers upon layers…. drapped over each other

To confirm my suspicion of the bag lady theory, she had multiple layers of bags… I guess to go with her style

She had on a hat…

But the hair underneath the hat must have been all of 5 women hair  combined😳

I was wondering could she not have let the hair hang down

Then pull the hat over what she could … covering her ears

Was she wearing the hat because her hair was untidy 🤔 or Was the hat because she was cold?

The shoes… I only had a glance to see what was on her feet. Because of the way she walked… I was not surprised… that it was an oversized pair if shoes…

Very large


I continued to follow her… as I had no choice… she was going my direction..

What was the rush sef…. I told myself…

I would not do the work any quicker if I got to the office early…. I relaxed a bit

She turned the corner past the station…. I thought at this point we will part ways….


I turned the corner too…. same direction I was heading

She turned the next and final corner past the shops…  I thought surely she will go straight…

Again I followed her

By this time I was thinking…. okay

Having turned all corners… the only place to go was into the office block🤷🏾‍♀

The office block my desk was based in…

Like magic… she brought out her pass… swipped it and went through the security gates

At the point where she was entering the office reception… I was thinking surely not…

Again she proved me wrong….

I can so relate with this episode. This must be exactly what some people may think ….those who work for external organisation I go to visit  …. as a representative of the organisation I work for….

They too will be thinking… surely not😊

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