Strangers' Things

RT Animated Adventures: Strangers' Things

The gang discuss awkward interactions with strangers, and their tactics for dealing with them.


Audio from RT Podcast #396


Directed by Jordan Cwierz
Animated by Gil Calceta & Tanya Fetzer


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  • Kerisato

    8 months ago

    A long time ago I was strolling through a mall with some acquaintances and we passed by a cell phone booth and the vendor asked us: Hey, what kind of cell phone do you have? At the time I was wearing a hoodie and jeans, and I just looked at him and replied, "I'm Amish." All he could say was, "...I bet you are."


    The uncertainty with which he said it... never gonna forget it, hehe.


    I actually enjoyed getting calls from some company asking, offering, or bugging me with something because that's one of those opportunities where someone is practically begging you to troll them.

  • MartyGras2 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    8 months ago

    Neat to green Gavin hair used as the leaves for the tree on the chipboard.  

  • Queenagentnewtexy

    8 months ago

    I give this video 10  starstars.............. 


    • Kerisato

      8 months ago

      Not that I disagree with your negative opinion of Planned Parenthood, but maybe tone it down a bit? You can vehemently disagree without brandishing a sword (a figure of speech) to make your point.

    • Queenagentnewtexy

      8 months ago

      now look at it.........

  • xiii-Dex FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 1.048596

    8 months ago

    "My name is Gustavo Sorola. You killed my father. Prepare to die."


    *brandishes an axe

  • Mathias_Dragxon

    8 months ago

    I once went to the mall and there was this music group and they walked up to me as said "hey here's a free demo would you like to make a donation?" and I was like "no thank you", cause it's not my type of music, but I didn't want to be rude so I didn't give back the CD, so when I started walking away the guy says "Hey give that back you have to make a donation if you want that!" so I give him the "Free" demo back and just stare at him cause he's a dumbass.

  • Daks FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Jersey Devil

    8 months ago

    Whenever people ask if I've met Jesus my new thing is to just ask, "Who?" and act like I've never heard of him, the bible, or God. When they try to explain, I just say, "that sounds ridiculous". 

    OR


    If I have a pen or marker on me and they try to give me a bible/book I just open the first page and scribble "god" and say "Always nice to meet a fan" and hand it back.

  • Kishin_of_Chaos FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The King of Salt

    8 months ago

    "My father was killed by a tree." -Gus Sorola, whenever the fuck he said it

  • LillyTheOmegaWolf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    8 months ago

    love the backgrounds and what that first guy tried to sell you

  • tradesman88 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    8 months ago

    I live near Chicago, and have been  asked the question, "Have you found Jesus?“ many times.  My reply is always, I work with him every Monday through Saturday on the jobsite.  They almost always try to correct my pronunciation of the name and then I loudly ask if they have a problem with Latinos. They usually get embarrassed and start running.  I know that I am 100% white, but even my Latino friends think that is funny. 

  • atavyplop Lil

    8 months ago

    In mexico there's this group of people that go around and sell cupcakes, but they approach you like: "HEY FRIEND LONG TIME NO SEE! How's it going, you look stunning btw, here eat and get our 19 dollar cupcakes"

  • WhatAGlitch FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    8 months ago

    Anyone else notice that when it recommends ELR ep.2 at the end it says 586 at the end of the description?

  • PinkPortrait FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 2nd greatest hurler EVER

    8 months ago

    I know those "save kids lives" people I avoided them like the plague in austin.

  • Flavio815 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    8 months ago

    Usually i have my headphones on pretending im listening to music so i can avoid them.

  • Tudpool FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    8 months ago

    Why does Gus despise humanity so?

    • FirenautPhx FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Phoenician

      8 months ago

      Who doesn't?

  • juddstonk FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    8 months ago

    it's sad to hear how Gus' father had to leaf this world. 

    • lupin096

      8 months ago

      Barb would be proud. Of the pun i mean.

    • Darkness___0 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 months ago

      That was a well Rooted joke.

    • Kerisato

      8 months ago

      So did it happen in the Fall?


      (eh?)

    • juddstonk FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 months ago

      thats when they had the funeral.

  • Hatchling001 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    8 months ago

    I reply in Sign Language 

  • SenorPickle FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Doodler

    8 months ago

    For someone who hates interaction with random people, Gus has a lot of gall and wit around strangers. I aspire to be like him one day.

    • Kalilaila FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Chaos Light

      8 months ago

      That's why he's my hero.

  • fannfell FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    8 months ago

    The worst thing is when someone approaches you to donate and you say no then they walk away looking sad and disappointed. And its just like AGH!

  • YoBoySarge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold You just got sarged

    8 months ago

    shoutout to donut caboose

  • JayNut FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Verified RT Scrobbler

    8 months ago

    So I live in Utah, and I am sure a great majority of ya'll have been approached by the 

    Mormon Missionaries, and yes Utah is their spawn-point. 

    Now a little context: I am not an inviting image; 30, 6ft, 23' beard, a hat that says "Yuck Fou" and one of those Geoff originals shirts with the graphic of a giant middle finger, and I smoke. 

    To their credit they are some brave little preachers but I dont think I go a week without them literally pulling their car over to talk to the "degenerate" at the bus-stop.
    And the only thing I can ever think to say to these people is,

    "I LIVE here ma'fucka!"

    • Praseodymium FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 months ago

      I once saw a pair of Mormons decide not to talk to me. They were posted up outside my work as I was about to walk in, and I could see them preparing to start their schtick. Then the leader noticed me in my Black Sabbath t-shirt and "cock" hat (a la Burnie), Six feet, four inches tall, scraggly and unshaven as a mo'fucker. I saw the synapses firing in his head telling him to abort, that this heathen was beyond saving. Proudest moment of my life.

    • Rogue_Zombie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Spawnsore

      8 months ago

      23' beard? Good lord that thing must be pretty majestic.

    • DavidtheWavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 months ago

      I watched their video on the site one time just so that the next time I saw them they'd be like "Hey, have you seen this video about Jesus?" and I can just be like "Yes" and keep walking.


      None of my stories compare to you guys :/

    • FirenautPhx FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Phoenician

      8 months ago

      Oh man, I live in Arizona now but I'm from Utah and here we get approached by Jehovah's witness and I just reply: "I prefer to marry 3 of my cousins at the Temple Square and head over to the Jazz game down the street." and if one of them is female. i point at her and say "Wanna be wife #4? I have an extra ticket."

    • Hoodlight FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 months ago

      I thought i would never have to deal with them, BUT THEN THEY CAME OVER TO ME, IN THE UK. I DON'T EVEN LIVE IN A CITY AND THEY FOUND ME. And because i am too nice a person to just say that i have no interest i ended up in an hour long conversation and now own a copy of the book of mormon. all becuase i wanted to play pokemon go before my dentist appointment 

    • Yakoov5 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 months ago

      Lol, I AM a Mormon, and may I just say that my spawn point was Virginia.  (Love the sound of that!)


      To put the courage of those kids in perspective, they don't get paid (in fact, they pay to go on a mission), they go to bed at 10:30pm and wake up at 6:30am every day, they proselyte from 10:00am to 9:00pm every day, and only get a break once a week (Monday, from 10:00am to 6:00pm, then the cycle resumes).  No video games, no TV, for 2 years straight. (And yes, that includes no Rooster Teeth).

      Add to that the fact that they have almost no training, save for about 3-4 weeks of basics in the MTC (missionary training center), are as young as 18 years old and usually no older than 26, and some of them (especially the Utah Mormons, which are another breed entirely) are away from home for the first time in their lives, and it's a wonder any of us are able to pluck up the courage to talk to anyone, lol!


      Also, @FirenautPhx - LOL!  (Although, I will say this: for the record, if I wanted to be excommunicated VERY QUICKLY, then I'd practice polygamy.  The other sins take longer!)


      EDIT: Also, for the record, Missionaries don't 'track' in Utah, if for no other reason than there are so many mormons already live there that going from door to door is kind of pointless.

  • FreshZambo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold huehuehuehuehuehuehue

    8 months ago

    My college is filled with petitioners. I either run as fast as I can, or just say I've already signed it.

  • CSLMuramasa FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Demon Blade

    8 months ago

    There were some of those clipboard guys at RTX 2015. I saw them and was totally ready to ignore them or reject them if they started talking. Then they lured me in by talking about how awesome Captain America Civil War was going to be.

    • aeon1 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold aeon1

      8 months ago

      Oh God! I remember that! every time I ran by them i would just shake my head and say "no, sorry i'm working"

  • HunterK13 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    8 months ago

    I once told a Jehova's Witness that I was a satanist. Told her that I had talked to Satan himself and that I was preparing the way for the Antichrist. She ran away screaming. It was incredible.

    • wickedsnakes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 months ago

      yep. I once asked them if their religion participated in making human sacrifices, and when they said no, I replied "well, if you guys don't engage in human sacrifices, then you are not a serious religion for me. you are just not committed enough" :) 

    • HunterK13 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 months ago

      That's hilarious! I bet their reaction was priceless.

    • Yakoov5 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 months ago

      I'm a Mormon.  I remember as a teenager answering the door to see two Jehovah's Witness' on my doorstep.  They gave me their little speech, then asked me if I went to a church.  I told them I was a mormon.

      They looked at each other, looked at me, looked at each other again, then one of them reached in and closed my own door!


      I still get a kick out of that to this day!

    • HunterK13 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 months ago

      LMAO! That's incredible.

  • davepusey FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    8 months ago

    I just silently ignore them and keep walking.

  • Chubrnibre FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    8 months ago

    If I'm in town and need to kill some time before doing something, I'll let them talk to me, go through the whole thing then at the end tell them I'm a year just too young to sign up for it. 


    Watching the disappointment and sadness in their eyes as they realised how much time they wasted fills me with such joy and really makes the day better.

  • AlphaRose FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    8 months ago

    I had one of those like, priest couples show up at my house once. I was probably 15/16 at the time, watching my little siblings, and had never run into this situation before. Like, obviously I just wanted them to leave because, hello, strangers. They went on their "Have you found Jesus" spiel.

    And so I just blurted out the first thing that came to mind, which was something like.

    "Yeah this really isn't the place for that." 

    And the absolute befuddlement on their faces was something I probably would have enjoyed more if I wasn't trying to decipher what I had just said. They didn't seem to have an answer for that, so I shut the door and they left our yard, but like, stayed in the street with a bible. 

    I think they were praying.

    • Gildarts FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold That Guy

      8 months ago

      That would likely be the mormons; they travel in pairs. I always give the (true) answer "we belong to the local church, have a nice day" then close the door. Talking to them means they won't go away and will come back.

    • Yakoov5 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 months ago

      @Gildarts - I doubt they were mormons: we don't usually open with "Have you found Jesus?"  Also, our missionaries that proselyte are usually from 18 to 26 years old.  These sounded like an older couple.


      Also, careful saying that you "belong to the local church."  In some cases, that may actually cause them to come back to clarify their records.  Record keeping is a big deal among the LDS missionaries (just take a look at our genealogy database!).

    • Kerisato

      8 months ago

      Few years ago my old youth pastor (I'm sure he wouldn't mind me sharing) had an interesting 'interview' with some Mormons. He's a nice guy so he invited them to have dinner with his family later that day/weekend. And after talking for a while he asked them: "Can you tell us your names?" And they both looked at each other confused. You see, at least with those I've encountered, Mormons will give you their last name but the first name at least with males is always 'Brother'. (Again from personal experience with them, I can tell you Jehovah Witness will give you their first name but seldom their last). My old pastor explained to them how both Mormons knew him and his wife and daughter at least by first name, so would they be kind enough to reciprocate the favor? And both just kind of fumbled, 'I guess we could.' As though it were a question of legality. 


      In the end neither did.


      So, in summary: If you want to get rid of a Mormon, ask for their first name. If they refuse then decline to speak with them on the basis that they're strangers and tell them such. (Obviously this would only work in regions where we go by our first names. Some countries it's custom to go be last *cough* Japan *cough*) 

  • extraonthesi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    8 months ago

    Oh if only I had the balls that Gus has.

  • British_Knight FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Misunderstood Sarcastic

    8 months ago

    I have worked for oxfam


    Pretty much any person out on the streets asking for you to sign up or subscribe has to memorise a huge speech that they wrote themselves and it has to hit key words and phrases and pretty much be word perfect every time they say it.


    Now of course, i'm not defending them, it may interest anyone to know that about 1 in 3 people actually give a shit about what they are saying. others are in it for the money. like i was.

    for comparison, at the time, minimum wage (UK) was £5.13 per hour. People doing this get £8 an hour, plus travel costs, plus commission, so in theory could be walking away from a 6-8 hour shift have earned £90-£100 for the day.


    That said, if they don't meet a quota (at least 5 people in a 7 day working week) you do get fired immediately.


    Just some fun facts. but to people who are ruthlessly evil like myself. you allow them to break into their speech, in the business it is called a spiel, they will always end it with an energetic and engaging question. Then say no. 3:-D



    I realised i got off on a tangent on someones comment there. sorry monkey  blaine

  • YoungMonkey FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold PolyglotChimp

    8 months ago

    As a linguistics and foreign languages student, I have a bit of an upper hand in these situations. If someone approaches me and I really don't want to deal with them, I'll pick a language I know they won't understand (e.g. Hebrew, Swahili, Xhosa, Romanian, etc.) and just berate the crap out of them. At one point, I was in downtown Seattle and someone approached me about adopting children from the Angola region of Africa, and I yelled at them for 5 straight minutes in Yoruba about how bringing a child from Angola to Seattle would be a drastic and psychologically traumatic experience due to the stark differences between the cultures and societies. I then went on to explain to the person how they were the reason I wouldn't adopt a child from another continent because they would have to interact with assholes like him who make a living advertising children.


    He was a nice guy. I felt a little bad about how confused he looked at the beginning, but he was a good sport. TO CLARIFY: I SUPPORT ADOPTION FROM NATIONS THAT HAVE HOSTILE ENVIRONMENTS. I just needed an excuse to have a little fun.

    • British_Knight FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Misunderstood Sarcastic

      8 months ago

      I have worked for oxfam.


      Pretty much any person out on the streets asking for you to sign up or subscribe has to memorise a huge speech that they wrote themselves and it has to hit key words and phrases and pretty much be word perfect every time they say it.


      Now of course, i'm not defending them, it may interest anyone to know that about 1 in 3 people actually give a shit about what they are saying. others are in it for the money. like i was.


      for comparison, at the time, minimum wage (UK) was £5.13 per hour. People doing this get £8 an hour, plus travel costs, plus commission, so in theory could be walking away from a 6-8 hour shift have earned £90-£100 for the day.


      That said, if they don't meet a quota (at least 5 people in a 7 day working week) you do get fired immediately.


      Just some fun facts. but to people who are ruthlessly evil like myself. you allow them to break into their speech, in the business it is called a spiel, they will always end it with an energetic and engaging question. Then say no. 3:-D

    • fannfell FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 months ago

      Thats awesome! XD

      P.S I lived in Angola for 4 years

    • Kerisato

      8 months ago

      You're a hero in my book. And multi-lingual? You're the kind of person who just amaze me. I can barely utter a few words in Spanish or a few sentences in Japanese. I'm always jealous of people that can learn so many.

  • Jiazzz FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    8 months ago

    Last summer when I was in Austin for RTX I was also approached by these people, but as soon as I mentioned I wasn't from the US, they lost interest. They did stay nice, though. 
    But that's the best way to decline them, just tell them/yell at them that you're not from the US. 

  • MFingers FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Human-Shaped Magpie

    8 months ago

    One time some spirit walkers came to my door to ask my opinion on the state of the world and if I knew that Jesus alone could save it. I irately replied something to the effect of, "The universe has been in motion longer than we as a species has existed; if a meteor is headed for us, I doubt it cares which Church we're giving money to."


    Nice folks, despite their inclination to knock on my door in order to try and sell me something.

  • godzylla FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    8 months ago

    the guy at the beginning had boxes in his hands that said dildos, i think i find that funnier than the tree line.

  • RowdyRose

    8 months ago

    Can we make "My Father was killed by a tree" an official Rooster Teeth Meme?

    • beebbb

      8 months ago

      Or a shirt.

  • Yukito_097 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold That Kool Guy

    8 months ago

    One time in front of my university, there were people raising awarness/seeking donations to help deaf-mutes... The only problem was that those same were deaf-mutes themselves, and the way they approached/communicated with you was to pull at your arm, tap their clipboard and then do what I assume was sign language. Far as I could tell there was no one there to interpet what they were saying.


    Bold strategy, I guess. They can't hear your excuses so the only way to say 'no' is to simply ignore them in public.

    • c550456 17th Sharder

      8 months ago

      I mean...you could just shake your head.

  • KelliferReds RT accepted my Blood $

    8 months ago

    i always die at " My father was killed by a tree.." 

    Gus sounds so serious and sad. 

  • musicisum405 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Huntress

    8 months ago

    The tree with Gavin's hair! Which RTAA was that in?

    • lupemls FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 months ago

      Droppin' Burgers, Growin' Trees

    • bokorember FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 months ago

      Gavin Tree  barbara

    • Steepled FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      8 months ago

      Holy shit I just realized the tree was his hair. I feel kinda dumb now.

  • Gamer3427 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold taC terceS

    8 months ago

    Gav sounded genuinely disappointed that he didn't get to do the thing that most people avoid like the plague....

  • Shadowwrath FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    8 months ago

    "My father was killed by a tree." That was awesome! I wish that I was there to see their reaction.