Sunday, March 02, 2014

Very Special Blog Post: A Cautionary Tale

We interrupt our regular programming today to offer a cautionary tale.  Earlier today, my wife and daughter were in the local supermarket shopping center, loading groceries into the car.  Suddenly, they heard a commotion.  They looked over to the store entrance, where a man in his mid-forties was literally screaming at an elderly man and his wife, presumably over a minor fender bender.

The argument continued for a few moments, and the younger man punched the older man in the head.  His glasses went flying.  The younger man then obliviously went into the store as though nothing had happened.  Needless to say, those who witnessed what happened were shocked.  My wife called the grocery store, and was told that Security had already been called.  The older man and his wife collected themselves, got in their car, and drove away.  I wish they had stayed for the arrival of the Police, so that the thug could be identified and arrested.

I can't see what could possibly precipitate such an ugly and violent reaction, but whatever transpired should never have resulted in such behavior.  I hope the younger man is arrested and spends a little time in the cooler with large tattooed men who don't like bullies.

So why am I telling this story on a blog where the goal is to note objectionable behavior on public transportation and other shared spaces?  It's because I want to caution you about who you choose to confront.  A person may be on the train having a loud mobile phone conversation, but if you decide to say something, you may find yourself in an unpleasant situation with a hothead.

As I've mentioned in earlier posts, headphones, headphones, headphones!  Keep your cool, and write to me instead.

Happy commuting, and may you encounter people with uncommon sense.
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  1. This Rule applies to the big mouth sports fan sitting behind me at this basketball game too?
    Oh, would I like to tell him to be quiet

  2. That's a tough one. The guy is enthusiastic about a game. You signed on for it! Nothing that headphones wouldn't cure.