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Whenever I visit clothing stores, I make it a point to fold the clothes I unfurl. That is apparently my downfall as a customer.


Because of this, fellow customers often peg me as an employee and always ask me questions like where the bathroom is, or if the store has certain sizes left in stock.

Umm, no, I don't work here. I'm just a responsible customer. As you were.

Many of us make assumptions about other people just by looking at them. Who knew we were so presumptuous?

Curious to hear the experiences of strangers online, Redditor lilmizzvalz asked:

"What do people assume about you, based on your appearance?"

People often misinterpret moods based on how someone looks. That's unfair, wouldn't you say?

Assuming Expressions

"That I'm caring and supportive. I have a resting nice face."

Shoddy_Natural4217

​Perpetually Angry

"That I am always mad. Nope just dissociating and staring off into space."

AeBS1978

Not Meaning To Be Mean

​"That I'm mean. I have a resting mean face for a dude I guess. Also lately it's worse because I'm bigger now. I don't really notice how my face appears but apparently, I seem angry when I'm looking at stuff."​

"'You should smile' and 'are you ok?' comments followed me from busboy, waiter, bartender my whole career."

iBelieveInSpace

When it comes to measuring intelligence of others, some people are just way off.

Hard To Live Up To Expectations

"That I'm clever. People keep saying it to me, but I'm dumb and that sh*t is hard to live up to."

"I have glasses."

suicidebytiger

Eyes Full Of Wisdom

"I apparently have something similar going on mixed with looking like I know sh*t, because people come up to me in public and ask about directions, bus schedules and stuff all the time. Like, they'll deliberately avoid other people to ask me. Including when I'm abroad and should look a bit out of place."

Water-Chestnut

Intellectual Disability

"They assume I have an intellectual disability. (And also that I'm deaf, since I'm not able to speak.)"

"No, I am a person with two university degrees who happen to need a wheelchair because of a nasty neurological illness."

JRL1981

People don't always look their age. Some don't even act their age. But these Redditors have gotten their fair share of wrong guesses for their ages.

Forever Young

"That I'm 15."

"I'm 22."

Agent_144

Eternal Pupil

"I'm 38 and a doctor. 'Did you just finish school?' EVERY DAY."

aevictory

Opposite Impression

"This thread was depressing to read as I am 38 but often get mistaken for 50. I hate y'all and your youthful beauty."

YazzGawd

Some people are typed out as certain types of people with just one look.

Watch Your Tone

"That I have a southern accent. Not one stranger has ever suspected that I have a 'New Jersey' accent (Born and raised in New Jersey before moving south)"

Treeflower77

Not A Biker

"That I ride a Harley and/or work on them. I'm bald with a long goatee and tons of tattoos, but I'm in IT for a living and don't ride motorcycles at all."

osborns

Like others have expressed in the thread, I've also been accused of having "resting b*tch face."

You know, that neutral expression where you're not smiling the one time you're not in a situation where you have to be "on" for other people?

Yeah, that one.

If someone's resting face comes across as unfriendly, well, perhaps it's best not to upset them by asking them what's wrong all the time. Just sayin'.

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