As a person that Roentgen Not Great Not Terrible Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station Quote Classic Shirt works at a gym I see people like that everyday. Theres 3 or 4 of them that are regulars during my hours and I always try and give them encouragement. I’ve definitely noticed a ton of progress from them and I’m proud of them because I see them almost everyday for months on end putting in work to better themselves. Luckily I’ve never seen anyone harass them or be mean, but then again in this gym just about everyone knows each other so it’s a pretty positive environment.
During a public speaking course in college, we had to do a presentation in front of the class. A Japanese guy got up to make sushi. He was one of the most nervous public speakers I have ever seen; visibly shaking, could barely speak. Everyone in the class was cheering him on, except one girl from Texas. She was tall, blond, pretty, and popular. No one could believe it when she started heckling him, trying to get others to join in. So much for being popular, no one even wanted to work with her after that. Laughing at someone so vulnerable is unforgivable. I remember when I was at after-work drinks with some colleagues. They were laughing about a girl who worked with us who had an obvious crush on another workmate who she didn’t know was gay. In fact he had at one point declared himself “gay but not acting on it” due to his new found religion (but that’s another story). She was normal, he was charming, so what is there to laugh about? She didn’t know and it’s such a vulnerable thing to want to be in a relationship/liking someone. I really couldn’t believe they couldn’t empathize with that feeling and were holding it against her.