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Ever Got Mistaken For Something You're Totally Not  
User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3916 times:

Hi!

Just thought I'd ask if anyone else has had similar circumstances where people mistake them for something totally different from what they are or keep thinking they are something different. Some of mine:

Sometimes when people ask where I'm/we're from and we say Iraq they think we're messing around with them. This is usually waiters. This leads to asking repeatedly and then them leaving thinking we're being offensive by not giving a straight answer or sometimes us saying "Italy" to which they leave happy!

My local convenience store salesman once asked me if I was Indian. I told him I was from Iraq and he at least believed me. I have no idea if there are Indians who look Italian. Maybe.

A workcolleage of mine when I was in the South Pacific would always greet me with a respectful "Shalom" because I have a very jewish sounding last name. Every time I would joke "hey I'm not jewish man!" and the next day it would be the same thing all over again.

A friend of mine's dad refuses to believe I'm not a muslim. For a while every time I'd go round he'd ask me something to do with my muslim culture then I'd be "I'm actually not muslim" and the next time it would be "did you go to mosque today". This went on for maybe a year!

Amazingly with the username Pierre in quite a few forums I get hit on by guys who think I'm a girl. This happens a lot in Assyrian chat (I am an Assyrian). It's always the ones who when you tell them you're a guy won't say another word to you! I wonder how anyone english speaking could have go to the age of hitting on people and not heard of the name Pierre!

Anyone else ever get mistaken for something totally different?

Many thanks.

Pierre

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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20335 posts, RR: 59
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3886 times:

When I was younger, I was this muscly dude with a buzz cut and a lantern jaw who carried himself with head held high and a straight back (like my dad taught me to). I was also a candy raver and everyone at every rave I went to was absolutely CONVINCED I was a cop, especially since I never really got into the drugs side of things and so I was one of the only sober people there.   

User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3844 times:

Hi!

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 1):
When I was younger, I was this muscly dude with a buzz cut and a lantern jaw who carried himself with head held high and a straight back (like my dad taught me to). I was also a candy raver and everyone at every rave I went to was absolutely CONVINCED I was a cop, especially since I never really got into the drugs side of things and so I was one of the only sober people there.

I remember when I used to go to clubs when I was younger I was really into house/techno (and other music too). But to house techno I would dance to the lightshow for hours in bliss. I used to get asked for drugs a lot! The only thing I was on was tap water!

Many thanks,

Pierre


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20335 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3826 times:

Quoting Ps76 (Reply 2):

I remember when I used to go to clubs when I was younger I was really into house/techno (and other music too). But to house techno I would dance to the lightshow for hours in bliss. I used to get asked for drugs a lot! The only thing I was on was tap water!

Well, I was a bit more exciting than you. I'd at least be on caffeine!  


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40066 posts, RR: 74
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3820 times:

When I'm in a rough part of town in the US, hood-rats sometimes think I'm an undercover cop.
I hate it!



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11796 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3805 times:

People mistake me for straight. I don't mind. It's the way society is. I do correct them. It was more irritating earlier in life when my goal in life was to get some and not be in a relationship. Always having girls flirting with me. Again, I didn't mind. Ego boost, but when I am trying to hook up with her brother, it kinda puts a kaibosh on the whole evening....


Life in the wall is a drag.
User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6166 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3783 times:
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Quoting seb146 (Reply 5):
People mistake me for straight

12 years ago my neighbor asked me if I was gay. I said "no, but why do you ask?" He said he thought I was gay because I had a clean house and had a cat. I told him " I have a friend who is gay and has a dog and a dirty house". He laughed and never brought it up again.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 4):
When I'm in a rough part of town in the US, hood-rats sometimes think I'm an undercover cop.
I hate it!

Didn't you get mistaken for Usher when you were traveling once?



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7719 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3769 times:

Been mistaken for gay a few times. I'm really not even slightly camp, and to my mind do not exhibit any 'stereotypical' traits - for instance, I am no fashion king and am really a bit of a hippy at heart in terms of how I dress and act (PLEASE understand I that I do understand the meaning of the word 'stereotype' and that not all gay people walk around with signs on). It has been pretty awkward a few times though, and a few times I have been left feeling that maybe I shouldn't be so open or demonstrative with people, as alas they sometimes get the wrong idea. Not that that is of itself a huge problem, but at least one friendship has been spoiled.


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User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1932 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3768 times:

When I was in highschool there was a rumour going around for a short while that I was a massive drug-addict. I honestly have no idea how it got started considering I'm the furthest thing from (honour roll student, 3-sport athlete, Editor of the school newspaper, general ass-kisser to teachers, etc.).

I later went on to suspect that it was my (at the time) girlfriend's little brother who spread the rumour, who was a drug dealer and had already been booted out of school by that point. I started to get the feeling he didn't like me when he pulled a knife on me in their living room for no apparent reason   

Quoting seb146 (Reply 5):
People mistake me for straight.

Funny, I get mistaken for gay all the time.  

A guy can't dress nicely these days without being labeled it seems.



Flying refined.
User currently offlinepetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3391 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3740 times:

I was mistaken several times for an Englishman. By that time I had been living there for half a year and not only got the language but the accent as well. It was a bit embarassing though when I called my grandmum and she did not recognise me. Afterwards she admitted she thought I was a police officer or some other official with bad news (she's always worried like that, bless her).


Attamottamotta!
User currently offline2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 8793 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3734 times:

Once in a while when I go to a book store or electronics store I sometimes get confused for an employee possibly by the solid color of shirt with no logos or imagery that I ware. People most often ask me if I am an employee and I say no I am not, sometime a person will go on and ask me where something it and give good detail of what they want, I have to tell the person that I am not an employee.


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User currently offlineseb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 11796 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3726 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 8):
A guy can't dress nicely these days without being labeled it seems.

That's funny because I dress nice all the time. I don't understand how I can get that vibe. I dress nice, like Nordstrom's nice, and still am mistaken for straight?

Quoting petertenthije (Reply 9):
I was mistaken several times for an Englishman.

I have been mistaken for Canadian. A lot. Not that I mind. I also get asked for directions when I am out of town. My partner and I just drove to Wall, South Dakota and we were both asked for directions on several occasions in different towns: Bozeman, Cheyenne, Salt Lake, Rapid City....



Life in the wall is a drag.
User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20335 posts, RR: 59
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3714 times:

Quoting seb146 (Reply 5):
People mistake me for straight.

All the time. Which is fine with me. My personal life is not their business unless I decide it is.

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 8):
Funny, I get mistaken for gay all the time.

So that time with you and me in the bathroom stall means NOTHING?     

Oh... wait. That was Larry Paige. My bad...   


User currently offlineWestJet747 From Canada, joined Aug 2011, 1932 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3689 times:

Quoting seb146 (Reply 11):
I don't understand how I can get that vibe. I dress nice, like Nordstrom's nice, and still am mistaken for straight?

Perhaps you're doing something wrong  
Quoting seb146 (Reply 11):
I have been mistaken for Canadian.

Congratulations! 
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 12):
So that time with you and me in the bathroom stall means NOTHING?     

Oh... wait. That was Larry Paige. My bad...

Pfft...as if you just confused me with Larry Page. Larry Page wishes he looked like me!

Quoting petertenthije (Reply 9):
I was mistaken several times for an Englishman.

When I lived in Australia, I was confused for an Irishman....I sound no different than any other Canadian (Newfoundland not included).



Flying refined.
User currently offlineMarcus From Mexico, joined Apr 2001, 1808 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3684 times:

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User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 15, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3661 times:

When my kids were small (3 to 5 years old) I seemed to have a lot of young kids grab my leg in crowds - then they would look up and realize I wasn't their Dad.

It's always funny to see a kid yell "Daddy" or "Mommy" and have 30 people respond.


User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12938 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3661 times:

Nah, I'm always the one looking at other people swearing that I've met them before, and finding out that I'm totally mistaken.

And it hasn't happened in a while, but I have made the mistake of assuming someone was working for the store, when they really were just another shopper.



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User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3070 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3652 times:

Quoting seb146 (Reply 5):
People mistake me for straight.

Me too, except they also assume I'm a big ol' ignorant redneck. It doesn't bother me when actual straight people mistake me for straight because in those situations it's basically a moot point, but when my fellow gays are pointedly unfriendly because they think I'm straight it's more than a little bit annoying.



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20335 posts, RR: 59
Reply 18, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3648 times:

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 13):
Pfft...as if you just confused me with Larry Page. Larry Page wishes he looked like me!

Fair point. I have far better taste than Larry Page.


User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7978 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3618 times:

People call me Tosh.0 ALL THE TIME lol


Ironically I have never flown a Delta MD-90 :)
User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7966 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3606 times:

Police once confused me with somebody who had just tried to kill his girlfriend by throwing a hairdryer into her bathtub (as I later learned). I was standing on a hill that normally is pretty empty at night, but as soon as police handcuffed me two couples came by, looked at me whispering and shook their heads.

I am hard of hearing and one teacher for the deaf was convinced that I could not read and understand a newspaper - not even the letters to the editor. I told her that she must confuse me with her students attending her german lessons.



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User currently offlineHorizonGirl From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 807 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3534 times:

A guy. People think I'm a guy.

I certainly do not look male in the slightest. But I suppose I do have a gender neutral name, paired with a masculine sounding last name, which repeatedly throws people off when they see it only in print.

For example:

When going to the optometrist, I go up to the front desk to check in. Receptionist says "Is Devon ready for his eye appointment?"

Calling to confirm an appointment for a driving lesson, I got "Well did Devon book this himself, or was it you?"

Picking an order "So is Devon your brother?"

When accepting a prize I won in a raffle "This has Devon's name on it, so we can only give it to him."

For a while, I seriously considered going by definitely feminine middle name, but oh, the looks on people's faces when I explain that I'm Devon is definitely worth it!   



Devon



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User currently offlinestasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3287 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3527 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 20):
Police once confused me with somebody who had just tried to kill his girlfriend by throwing a hairdryer into her bathtub (as I later learned). I was standing on a hill that normally is pretty empty at night, but as soon as police handcuffed me two couples came by, looked at me whispering and shook their heads.

When I lived in LGB, a neighbor said to a police detective that I was responsible for a break-in of someone's home on our block. The neighbor based this on the fact that he never saw me leave my home the day after the break-in. Some logic.

The Long Beach police detective came over and knocked on my front door, and immediately told me what the neighbor said. The top reason I was dismissed as a person of interest - the burglar was a short man of color according to an eyewitness - and I am neither!! Never spoke to that neighbor or his equally insane wife again!



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40066 posts, RR: 74
Reply 23, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3507 times:

Quoting falstaff (Reply 6):
Didn't you get mistaken for Usher when you were traveling once?


That was a customs agent in Turkey.

Quoting HorizonGirl (Reply 21):
A guy. People think I'm a guy.



Next time just tell people that you had a sex change operation and didn't bother to change your name.  



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3024 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3495 times:

Quoting petertenthije (Reply 9):
I was mistaken several times for an Englishman

Funny, when I lived in France I was mistaken for being Dutch all the time!

signol



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25 usflyer msp : 1 - People in Brazil thinking I am Italian. 2 - People in India thinking I am Saudi 3 - South Africans thinking I am Israeli 4 - Egyptians thinking I
26 Post contains images PlymSpotter : When I was travelling in the Philippines lots of people kept calling me Jesus and told me I looked like him. I guess the long hair and beard did that,
27 Revelation : OMG, I did this to someone recently, and boy, was it cringe-worthy! I was meeting someone at the 2nd floor of a skin/nails type of salon, and to get
28 us330 : I hate writing cover letters when the contact person has a gender neutral name without having a Ms.,Mr., or Mrs. by it. You can google the person, bu
29 Revelation : I have the same problem when emailing people at work and they have a name that I am not familiar with, usually an Indian or Chinese name. We have a c
30 Post contains images AirPacific747 : Often mistaken for being German when travelling abroad Even been mistaken for an Italian once. I have no idea why. Actually often when travelling abro
31 Post contains images scbriml : I'm often mistaken for Brad Pitt.
32 KiwiRob : Funny but I'd never knew Devon was also male's name, I went to school with a couple of Devon's, they were both female. I keep on getting confused for
33 HorizonGirl : Haha!! Now I'm going to have to try that one! Well in your defense, at least she looked masculine. But still, that is quite the cringe-worthy moment.
34 hOmsaR : I've been mistaken for Puerto Rican a number of times (and Mexican once). I'm neither. Many hispanics will assume I speak Spanish (I don't). I was onc
35 Superfly : Devon was also a female Barbie doll. I've always known that Devon was an androgynous name.[Edited 2012-08-07 23:17:09]
36 mandala499 : I have been mistaken for being Garuda's CEO Emirsyah Satar quite a few times... at the airport, at airshows, aviation exhibitions, seminars, etc... It
37 Post contains images Confuscius : To some a.netters I've been mistaken for a certain body orifice...but then again they maybe right.
38 Post contains images PanHAM : A lot of Indians in Germany pretend to be Italian and open Pizza shops. Always check the owners name or the menue, if you find Indian food on a Pizze
39 us330 : Here's the funny thing: I'm not a convert, nor am I adopted--both my parents are light haired and light skinned as well.
40 Revelation : LOL! I was in Seattle and found an Indian restaurant staffed by Mexicans, and the food was good! I went to a Chinese restaurant in Northen NY and it
41 PanHAM : Always depends who owns it. Long time ago, the Austrian owners of the former "Wienerwald" in Rego Park, Queens, employed a Puerto Rican cook and they
42 falstaff : I was once mistaken for Jon Bon Jovi... I'm serious too. Back in 1997 I boarded a train in Warrensburg, Missouri bound for St. Louis. When I got on a
43 A320ajm : I'm from the North East of England and have a strong "Mackem" accent. American and Canadian people always ask if I am Scottish and seem shocked when I
44 Post contains images Revelation : Indeed, that happens for sure. I was just pointing out how my friend did seem to stick out, so I'm not surprised you get the same reaction, but I'm s
45 Post contains images foppishbum : I'm ethnic Chinese from Taiwan. I don't know if it is fair for me to gripe about this but people mistakenly assume I'm Japanese or Korean. Either that
46 falstaff : They weren't drunk, but had been drinking, but I was too. One of my oldest friends is gay and before he stopped drinking we would hit the straight ba
47 Post contains images Superfly : Now THAT's hillarious! Be careful because he is wanted, dead or alive. I have to do the same thing. Some people think I moved to Taiwan.
48 KBUF : "Wait a minute. I know you. You're Kareem Abdul-Jabbar! You play basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers." "I'm sorry son, but you must have me confused
49 YokoTsuno : Yes. I have been mistaken for a handsome chap.
50 Superfly : A few times, people asked me; "What island am I from?" I don't know which island they're thinking of.
51 flyingturtle : Once, somebody called me a stupid a$$hole. Which I am not. David
52 Post contains images sturmovik : Once I was standing next to an autorickshaw (tuk tuk) wearing a khaki coloured shirt, and this old lady asked me if I'm the driver. That was the end o
53 falstaff : Make up something and see what their reaction is.
54 Post contains images Revelation : Indeed. You are one of the most intelligent a$$holes I know!
55 Post contains images flyingturtle : How can I return the favor?
56 Post contains images Revelation : Call me a conservative?
57 B6JFKH81 : I have been mistaken as: > Heterosexual > Jewish > Democrat > Republican > Over 40 years old (that one pissed me off) > A flight att
58 falstaff : That happens to me all the time. I work in a field that is generally very liberal so I get lumped in with the lefties. That has happened to me too; b
59 Post contains images afterburner : I've noticed for a while that you're a younger version of him. Put a little more weight (but not just around your waist) and you'll be more like him.
60 nipoel123 : I think this happens to most Dutchmen. I, obviously, speak Dutch with my parents whenever we're abroad. If that is in the USA or Canada, people tend t
61 us330 : gotta stop wearing black socks with sandals.
62 nipoel123 : Black socks: sometimes Sandals: never Combination: never done, never will
63 Post contains images mandala499 : You have got to be kidding me! Satar is thinner than me (and not just in the waist!)
64 Post contains images B6JFKH81 : For me, a lot people just autmatically lump "gay" with "democrat" so they just throw me right on into the group too LOL I need to move THERE!!! LOL!!
65 Post contains images Superfly : I thought Larry Craig changed that.
66 Revelation : S'Ok, my mom still calls me by my brother's name at least half the time...
67 Post contains images B6JFKH81 : WOOOOW!! I forgot about that!!!
68 Post contains images PHX787 : I've been mistaken for: 1) a black guy (how?) 2) a Japanese guy (until I remove my sunglasses and they see my eyes) 3) a murderer (funny story, one of
69 Superfly : You must have had sex with a lady who was blindfolded? I hear that is popular in Japan. Perhaps you may have 'felt' like a black guy to her inside? A
70 Post contains images Revelation : Ahh, THAT explains the quick relocation to Thailand!
71 Post contains images oldman55 : Here's the best one yet. Apparently Airliners.net thinks your non-existent LOL. I checked your userprofile to see if your picture was included and wa
72 Post contains images Superfly : Back in my skinnier days, a lady thought I was Will Smith. I think it was just her way of picking up on me. It worked.
73 Post contains images PHX787 : I'll call the Marshalls I've never done that!!!!! I like looking at what's goin' on
74 Superfly : Not you silly! The girl must have been blindfolded.
75 Post contains images PHX787 : She does too
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