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Bizarre morning

True story.

I'm driving in to work this morning, about to make a right turn onto the street that my parking garage is on, when this guy makes a SHARP left, way in advance of the actual street, turns into the oncoming traffic lane (which is empty, because it's a lightly travelled street.)  Not knowing what this guy is doing, I slow down but otherwise continue my turn.  He speeds up and gets ahead of me.  Okay, whatever, I give him a "what gives?" gesture.  He then puts his right turn signal on, and STOPS, adjacent to two parking spaces and well before the traffic light.  I stop, he sits there.  I assume he's going to park, so I make to go around him.  He then quickly cuts to the left, blocking the road.  I give him another "what the hell are you doing?" gesture, he opens his car door.  I start to roll down my window, he gets out of his car, so I open my door and get out - positioning myself so that my car door is between me and him.  Verbal altercation ensures, wherein he tries to get a rise out of me and I just stay (relatively) calm, asking him what he's doing.  He makes to spit at me, I point at him and say "You REALLY don't want to do that."  That apparently cows him, and he spits on the ground instead.  Eventually, he slaps my hand - at which point I tell him "Okay, now it's assault."  He says "I think you hit me."  I point out the cab driver who is honking at us and say "There are witnesses."  His response?  "You think Hussain is going to say anything?"  He continues the verbal assault, I look over at his license plate and tell him what it is, then tell him I'm going to take a picture of him and his car.  That shuts him up - he runs back to his car, gets in, drives off.  At this point the guy in the bud light truck that was parked on the other side of the road walks by, I ask him if he saw the guy hit me, he says "Yes."  I pulled my car out of the way of traffic and sat there for a minute trying to decide if I wanted to call the police or not.  Ultimately I decided against it...  If he'd HIT me, yeah, I would definitely call the police and probably press charges, but all he did was slap my hand...  Really, he must have something wrong in his head, or be having a really bad day, for him to do what he did this morning.  Me?  I just got a good story out of it.


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Aug. 13th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
Faaaascinating o_O And what a way to start the day!
Aug. 13th, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
Thats really interesting, and can be kind of terrifying in the moment. FYI having been through similar experiences, do NOT get out of your car. In a road rage case, getting out of your vehicle is considered an escalation. The first person that leaves the vehicle is usually charged with aggravation. Keeping your cool in that kind of situation can be difficult, but is well worth it. Kudos for doing so.
Aug. 13th, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
This country needs to lay down on the bullshit laws.. this guy needed a big kick in the ass... but he hides behind no one will touch me or i ll call the cops BS... he knows it.

Dog is right, unfortunately you have to stay in your car and play it by the book.

You did much better than i would had....
Aug. 13th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
That's just strange. Good for you keeping your head in that situation. That could have been ugly.
Aug. 13th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
maybe he doesn't like the car you drive
Aug. 13th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
I would have still called the police and had the witnesses make a statement.

Even a bad day is no excuse for assault.
Aug. 13th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, and to add, you should have mentioned vehicular assault since he was using his car as a means of harassing you.
Aug. 13th, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
Youch! That's scary!

Though, after all, it is Friday the 13th! :P

Glad nothing bad happened!
Aug. 15th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
How strange. Wonder what provoked him.
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