The Wide Arm Swinger
Habitat: Sidewalks, narrow stairways, subway platforms, fashion runways
Description: Unfazed by respect for personal space, the Wide Arm Swinger prefers to invade your space in places where clearance is at a premium – often with devastating consequences. While arm-swinging is a pretty common motion when walking, most people will typically keep their hands at their sides, inches from their thighs, to avoid taking up too much space across the plain of the sidewalk, stairway, or platform. The Wide Arm Swinger prefers to extend one or both hands beyond this point – up to a foot away from her body. This restricts the amount of space allotted to “pass” her on either side as she walks slowly down the sidewalk.
The added consequence of being in close proximity to the Wide Arm Swinger is the potential for a sexual assault charge on your record. Since her arms are at crotch-level while swinging her arms, a passing male may be the victim of an unintentional and uncomfortable brush-up in a rather inconvenient region of the body. While this is 99% the fault of the Wide Arm Swinger, she is typically oblivious to her wrongdoing and may not hesitate to threaten male passers-by with the possibility of appearing on a Sexual Offender Watch List.
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