Where’d the pregnant girl go? Did she leave? — Newsroom IT employee, commenting on the temporary absence of a long-time section editor out on maternity leave
She’d get pulled over because one, she looks like a Latina, and two, because she’s pretty and cops always like to mess with the pretty ones. —
Candidate for federal office during a stump speech
He literally singled me out in a room full of a hundred people, the submitter writes. Also, I’m Filipina, not Latina.
Maybe you should bake cookies or something, and don’t be afraid to do a little flirting. — Reporter to news editor at a college newspaper, when discussing how to get more writers
What, are you gonna ask me out on a date? — Male interviewee, when asked for his age
You don’t look like a crime reporter. —
Associated Press bureau chief to a reporter during a visit to a local newspaper
Submitter responded: “I didn’t know crime reporters had to look certain way.”
You’re a pretty girl… You should smile more. — Job interview advice from college newspaper adviser
Oh, you’re hot. Oh, you’re such a sexy little woman. — Reader/source interested to learn what story a reporter was working on next.
Your husband has his work cut out for him tonight! — City harbormaster, shaking female reporter’s half-frozen hand at the scene of a boating accident
Did you get some cake, girly? — Male U.S. Senator’s first words upon approaching a 20-something female reporter
I just wanted to get a better look at your legs. —
Police officer to reporter
Afterward, the submitter writes, I realized that this meant the cops had connected me to my car, which explained why I was often followed at night in the next few months while I was working on an investigative story.