I'm a bit curious about this, but don't get me wrong. Imagine this situation: You are at the gas station. This guy comes over to you and says he's looking for some directions. What grabs your attention first - his accent, what he's asking you, or his skin-tone and looks? Please be frank and answer spontaneously.
Well, that could depend on a lot of things! For example, if he is a foreigner/stranger, then the accent/skin tone would grab attention! But if he is a native/national and has a funny/strange accent, then it could probably be the the accent which would grab attention.
I agree with Benita in that it depends on the situation. The truth is that whatever appears more uncommon his accent or appearance for the given area would probably grab my attention first.
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I'll also have to agree with the two above replies. I think that you'll always notice a person's looks and accent before you realiza what they're asking you, unless, that is to say, you know the person who's asking you already.



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I thnik it also depends on the country, gas station itself & the question:) Here are the examples to make my idea more clear: if it is a poor country with a high level of crime you'd be first suspicious about his real intentions hidden behind the question(maybe he wants to rob you or whatever), or it maybe a gas station in a poor district or the gas station is half-deserted and again the same situation - your attention will be 1st grabbed with the appearance of the subject & probably his face(if it is suspicious or not). And also the type of question if this guy is asking where is the nearest restaurant when the restaurant is just in front of him, then that would be suspicious too(maybe he just wants to grab your attention by speaking about silly things while his partner is driving your car away)...

Heh! Looks paranoic? Sorry, but only those kind of ideas come to my mind when I'm depressed & fell sleepyEmotion: yawn
ElviajeroWhat grabs your attention first - his accent, what he's asking you, or his skin-tone and looks? Please be frank and answer spontaneously.
The whole lot before you even know it. Instinct does your thinking for you.
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elviajero I'm a bit curious about this, but don't get me wrong. Imagine this situation: You are at the gas station. This guy comes over to you and says he's looking for some directions. What grabs your attention first - his accent, what he's asking you, or his skin-tone and looks? Please be frank and answer spontaneously.

What he's asking me. I don't have time to pay attention to other details since I want it to get over with.