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    teasing/annoyance

    Last night I was at a supermarket and there was a customer that teased/annoyed/disturbed everyone especially girls. what kind of verb we can use in such a situation? cheers.

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    Re: teasing/annoyance

    Quote Originally Posted by backspace2062 View Post
    Last night I was at a supermarket and there was a customer that who teased/annoyed/disturbed was teasing/annoying/disturbing everyone, especially girls. What kind of verb we can we use in such a situation? Cheers.
    Please see my amendments to your post.

    Do you really mean "What kind of verb ..." or do you mean "What/which verbs ..."?

    The choice of verb really depends on what exactly the customer was doing. The three verbs you suggested are not interchangeable and they don't necessarily cover the same types of behaviour.
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    Re: teasing/annoyance

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Please see my amendments to your post.

    Do you really mean "What kind of verb ..." or do you mean "What/which verbs ..."?

    The choice of verb really depends on what exactly the customer was doing. The three verbs you suggested are not interchangeable and they don't necessarily cover the same types of behaviour.
    I mean which verbs. That guy wore messy clothes and looked like homeless people. He walked around the shop and did not let people picking their items from the shelves. I think he was high in alcohol or drug. Cheers.

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    Re: teasing/annoyance

    Quote Originally Posted by backspace2062 View Post
    I mean which verbs. That guy wore messy clothes and looked like homeless people. He walked around the shop and did not let people picking their items from the shelves. I think he was high in alcohol or drug. Cheers.
    In that case, harassed or hassled would be my choices.

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    Teasing may be pleasant or unpleasant depending on context. Annoying and disturbing are always unpleasant.

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    Re: teasing/annoyance

    Quote Originally Posted by backspace2062 View Post
    I mean which verbs. That The guy wore messy clothes and looked like a homeless people person/looked like he was homeless. He walked around the shop and did not let people picking pick their items from the shelves. I think he was high in on alcohol or drugs. Cheers (unnecessary).
    I would say that he was harassing people. The kind of behaviour that you described normally results in someone being ejected from the store by the security staff or even being arrested. You can say that he was annoying or disturbing the shoppers but that doesn't really give the idea of the personal contact. He might have been annoying or disturbing people by simply singing very loudly in the aisles. The fact that he actually engaged with people by hindering them from doing their shopping means that he was, as MNY said, harassing or hassling them.
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    Re: teasing/annoyance

    On the other hand, he could well have been mentally ill. "Harassing" has the implication that it's deliberate. I would use 'annoying' or 'disturbing' which focuses more on the reaction of the people, but which does not make any implication about the man's intentions.

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