Do you think people treat you differently because you are tall? Short? Fat? Attractive? I think these are somewhat obvious questions, but the point of this thread is to glean personalobservations from people about variations. Personally, I am a 6’4", 300+ pound man. I’ve found that people tend to be more polite and/or low-key around me than they are with other people. Just being male seems to have an effect, too. Example: I’ve answered phones for the local office of a national company for about six months. Because of the nature of our business, about 95% of our callers are women, and I have had exactly ONE be rude to me. My replacement for breaks, lunch, etc. is the classic “little old lady,” and I hear a completely different story from her. At least several times a week she gets told off, usually at length. I’ve puzzled over this, and can only surmise that these women don’t feel they have any leverage if it’s a male voice. (and I have a deep, baritone voice, too.) Odd as it seems, the evidence backs this up. I’ve observed her at times, and know that she is not being rude.
I also frequent my local YMCA, which is a very family-oriented place. I am one of the few people there in the 21-30 age bracket, and one of very few with multiple tattoos. I find this gets me a lot of looks from the suburban, white, teenaged clientele.
So, what about you? Do your teachers resent you because you wear a black trenchcoat? Have a Mohawk? Etc?