How to Spot Chavs and Avoid Them

Every day, you might hear stories or news items that speak about Chavs getting the better of someone, somewhere. It may happen in your own neighbourhood, in your school or just somewhere in the country. So, why do people become victims of Chavs? Is it because they provoke Chavs, who retaliate? Or is it because Chavs are generally the kind who are violent by nature?


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To know the answer to that, and to stay out of trouble, you need to understand what is a Chav.

Picking them Out

A Chav is someone, usually a teenager, who loves to wear sporting gear, dons a fake Burberry cap and sports more bling than all the world’s rappers put together. They firmly believe that it is their right to be rude to everyone, not because they are born to do so, but because they are unaware of social etiquettes. They have poor manners and end up bullying people more often than not.

Chavs enjoy confrontation and tend to look for them with people who are unlike them. However, looking at all Chavs in the same light is nothing but you being judgmental yourself – which is wrong!

Staying Alive

To avoid getting hammered in the nuts and living in pain after a confrontation with Chavs, the best thing to do is avoid them. Chavs tend to hang around in large groups, usually in the worse parts of town. Staying away from these places is a great way to avoid a direct confrontation. Council housing estates and even city centres are places where they normally hang out. If you don’t see a Chav and they don’t see you, you cannot have a confrontation with them.

If they are in your school, then avoiding them completely might be difficult. They tend to be the toughest kids in school, dominating the popularity scene. However, you need to think about where they might want to hang-out, in school, and avoid those areas. Chavs can be quite childish and if they don’t like you, they might seek you out and try to make things worse.

Stay Calm

A reaction is the worst thing you can do. If you can avoid showing any kind of emotion, during those events, then you are likely to get out of things without a confrontation – which is what you should ideally want. When alone, however, Chavs are much less harmful. They need the adulation and strength, which a group gives them, to do their worst bits. When alone, a Chav may often be the quietest one around – definitely not a reason to go picking on one.

When they re-unite with their group, they are likely to return to their primary mode of behaviour, which is causing trouble for all around them. Befriending a lone Chav can also be seen as a ticket to avoid conflict with their groups, at a later stage.

If you do end up getting into a situation where its impossible to avoid them, then try to deal with things calmly. Joke around, not about them, but in general, and try to lighten the atmosphere. Do so with a degree of confidence which says, “I am joking because I want to, not because I have to.” Don’t try to stare them down if they say something demeaning, just take it lightly and walk off as soon as you can, without appearing to be running off.

Confrontation with Chavs is something that everyone can live without. So just try and be yourself, avoid conflict and you might get away unscathed.

Patrick Myrtle – author

Patrick has been writing for teen-magazines for most of his life, after giving up his work as a political journalist. He prefers studying society and thinking about real issues that affect teens in daily life and helped to create the online chav test Chavometer. Knowing what is a Chav and how to deal with certain situations is essential for him to explain, to his readers, how to deal with the issues of being a teenager. For Patrick, teenage-life has become an obsession, as he goes about his day trying to find out as much as he can about this unique breed of people!

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