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Crying in Public

How Do You Respond to Someone Crying in Public?

"There's a place for crying," Joan says on an episode of Mad Men, "and it's your apartment." This would make sense in an ideal world, but it's not always easy to control yourself in real life.

Witnessing someone cry can be nearly as bad as crying the tears. Some people will just ignore, while others will look concerned, hand out tissues, ask the person if she's OK, or start an all-out conversation. If it was me I'd want to be left alone, so that's what I do. What about you?

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MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
for the record, i went and had her husband paged... i didn't just walk away lol.
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
I don't usually do anything because i get incredibly emotional myself. It's unfortunate and embarressing, but if i end up in the situation for long ill end up crying myself. There was an old lady begging people to page her husband in a store the other day, crying her brains out. It was so incredibly sad, I nearly bawled my brains out then adn there.
lauraxtc lauraxtc 6 years
I just tell them it's gonna be ok and hug them if I think it's worth a hug. lol. I'm guilty of crying in public for good reasons and also dumb reasons. Either, way, it's nice to have someone say you are gonna be ok.
kea718 kea718 6 years
That happened a few months ago to me. I was at a movie theater in the bathroom and a teenager was with a friend and was just bawling. There was a box of tissues on a countertop in the bathroom so I just grabbed them and brought them over to this crying girl and her friend. I was contemplating saying something but ended up just handing over a box of tissues and walking out of the bathroom.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
i usually ignore. i hate it when people ask if i'm okay. not that it's not nice of them, i just prefer to be left alone.
ladylove004 ladylove004 6 years
Wouldn't do much, crying in public can be embarressing, I know I've done it, I would want to be left alone so I would just leave them alone.
rach716 rach716 6 years
Depends on the situation... If I'm at the office or I know the person/am an acquaintance /have seen them before then I will surely ask if everything is ok or if they need to talk. If I'm walking down the street and it's a stranger, I have to be honest, I will probably just keep walking.
bryseana bryseana 6 years
A coworker of mine was crying in the parking lot one night after work. Even though we worked for the same company, we didn't actually work that closely and didn't speak regularly. I asked her if she was okay. She said she was and didn't give any reason why she was upset. I hugged her and went home. The next day she seemed fine and didn't mention anything about it. I guess some people are really private about stuff. It makes you wonder how much people keep things inside especially at work or school.
amber512 amber512 6 years
It's hard for me to reach out to people as I suffer from social phobia. But when someone is crying it breaks my heart, and I have to do something! Although, if they are already being comforted or helped, I let them be.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
A few years ago I was at a book store and a woman completely broke down. She was crying big heaving sobs, to the point where she couldn't speak. I tried to aproach her, but she really was beyond that. A few minutes later a younger woman ( her daughter?) came in and walked her out to a waiting car. She got in the back seat and laid down, still crying. I still wonder what she read that set her off. But as much as I would have liked to have helped her: she was intractable.
ayuninur ayuninur 6 years
i offer a tissue ..
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
If the person is near me, I would ask if they're okay. Of course, if it's a child, and he or she is crying alone, I would assist the child (perhaps help find the parents, or give the child over to a security officer).
totygoliguez totygoliguez 6 years
I usually ignore them. I just feel that they need their space and don't feel comfortable going up to them.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 6 years
^^Actually, this is exactly how I met one of my best friends from college. She was in the bathroom during a sorority party crying hysterically because she just found out a high school friend had died, but everyone else ignored her because they assumed she was just drunk and acting stupid. I had never spoken to her before that night, but I ended up spending like 30 minutes with her in the bathroom, then I took her back to her dorm. That was 8 years ago, and we're still friends :)
chloe-bella chloe-bella 6 years
I always ask if they're ok and if I can do anything.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 6 years
I offer a tissue if I have one (which I usually do), and ask if there's anything I can do to help.
stephley stephley 6 years
I'd always ask if they need help or a tissue - you can then leave them alone if that's what they want, but you can't help later.
bribella27 bribella27 6 years
I usually will ask the person if they are OK. Obviously s/he is not, but it gives the opening to talk about it if s/he wants or say "I'm fine" and leave it at that.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Organize a flash mob.
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