Can someone tell me why it's socially acceptable for strangers to inquire about what you are employed at and your place of work? This is a safety issue.
I don't like telling strangers what I do or give them an avenue to contact me. I bring this up because I'm trying to be more firm in the 'not their business' mentality in lieu of being polite. And I am struggling, my old people pleasing comfort zone is challenged.
This week alone I have had a random scrote follow me for 3 blocks trying to find our what I do for work and where I worked. And last night, another scrote I met at a gathering was adamant on pointing out my discomfort at disclosing my place of work. I was conversational about the type of work I do, but tight lipped on my place of employment and he didn't care about my discomfort and pushed for answers, and now I am mad I gave in.
What words do you say to avoid this and not be awkward? I try to keep my tone light and positive, but make it clear I am uncomfortable disclosing more. What do you do with the rest of the persistent assholes? Also, why is that the first question most scrotes ask anyway? It's non of their business. I certainly don't care to know where they work specifically. If jobs come up naturally, we can talk about our field of employment and what we enjoy about it etc. I am frustrated that it's not more acceptable to just say no.