Eavesdropping isn't cool. But if you simply overhear two strangers whispering to each other (really loudly), that's not eavesdropping, that's just living in the city. And if their exchange turns out to be so funny, you just can't resist sharing it online, that's fine too. After all, who are they to take their dirty laundry to the streets? And don't worry if you're too afraid to post it on your Facebook wall. If you don't know who those people are and you don't want to damage your life on social media, just ask Denise McAllister. There are other ways to go about it.
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There's an Instagram account called Overheard LA and it's dedicated to such situations happening in Los Angeles, California. Stating that “We all have ears”, the creators have invited Angelenos to share some of the best lines that they have ever overheard and boy, did they deliver! Its founder, Jesse Margolis, started the account on a whim in 2015 after listening to a very Los Angeles conversation at a health food store. Now, it has over 1.3 million followers and multiple spinoffs including Overheard New York.
Overheard LA gets about 100 conversation submissions every day. "We really try to select things that are both funny and feel like they are breaking new ground," Jesse told Bored Panda. "We get a lot of great submissions, and really try to post new, original content every day that doesn't feel stale."
Since 2015, the Overheard "empire" has expanded quite a bit. Jesse and his team have found ways to make the project more than a hobby as well. "We work with great companies, and have three branded accounts," he said. They are @OverheardBumble, @OverheardLeLabo, and @OverheardUber.
All of the ridiculous exchanges they read, however, haven't changed the way they view local citizens. "We love how people participate and contribute to Overheard. It's not just satire, but strangely it is also a form of community... a gathering place for Angelenos to laugh at ourselves."
"We have several other accounts," Jesse added. "@OverheardNewYork, @OverheardSanFrancisco, @OverheardLondon and @OverheardUniversity. We are [also] coming out with a newsletter in a few months." You can sign up for it here.