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    Opinions please.

    This is a true story and I would like to know what anyone else may have done under the circumstances. A little background first. I am 76 years old, weight about 170 lbs and certainly not very physical. Also, because of my age I am a little unsteady on my feet.

    My wife and I had gone to Sam's for some shopping. When we were leaving it was very very hot (we are in Ocala Fl). So rather than make my wife walk to the car I went and got in and pulled up next to the lane customers use to load their cars. I was completely out of the lane of traffic but not in the loading zone. I had about 10 small items to load in the car. As I was loading the car some rather burly man came up and started shouting at me for being where I was. He was annoyed because I wasn't in the loading zone and was shouting and calling me names and said "That's the trouble with old people, they think they can do whatever they want". I kept saying to him to go away but he kept coming closer. He never got within 8 to 10 feet away from me but could have easily rushed me. I just kept loading the car and only saying "go away". Although I did not feel I was in danger at that point I had no idea what he was going to do next. I finished loading the car, got in and drove away. If he had come within striking distance I was prepared to defend myself by shooting him.

    What would you have done under these circumstances?
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    The problem with people nowadays, they have no respect for the Elderly.

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    Same.
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    I'd have told him to go away too. People are so weird sometimes and you never know what they might do. I'm glad it didn't get out of hand. There's not gonna be any real store security so you're on your own.
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    It's so hard to know these days with people wound so tight you can't predict what they might do. Every situation is different but usually if they're running their mouth they're all bark and no bite.

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    A couple years back I was in a bigger town going to a mega supermarket when I ran across a lady in the parking lot with the hood up on her car. It was hotter than hell and that asphalt was like a frying pan. When I asked if she wanted some help she said it wasn't even trying to start, no clicking, no nothing. As I was checking the connections under the hood I heard this voice say, "Don't help that nigger".

    I wasn't even sure I had heard correctly and when I looked at her she just shook her head and said, "Let it go". I told her I sincerely hoped she didn't get much of that these days she said, "No, not much". Still, it really pissed me off.

    Turns out her connections were fine so I tried swapping out her key fob battery with mine. Back in business. She thanked me and I was glad I could help her out.

    I found that piece of shit inside in the canned goods aisle, good sized dude. I grabbed a can of pineapple off the shelf and was about to give him a pineapple education on courtesy, but he saw me coming and ran all the way out of the store.

    So I guess it depends upon how mad you get at the offending asshole.

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    I would have done exactly what you did except for the shooting part since I don't have a gun.
    I figure that if he was going to actually attack, he wouldn't have announced himself loudly first, so he was probably all noise.

    Older people are in danger right now. Those of us who are older need to be aware of it and have the means and determination to defend ourselves.




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    What would I have done? Probably the same.

    In our CC class, the instructor, a former Navy lieutenant, told us, the appropriate, legal way to handle a confrontation when you're armed and prepared to use your weapon, is to announce that you are armed, tell the assailant to leave, and then, if he continues to press, to make a decision whether to draw. Knowing it will have legal ramifications.

    What I would have done, probably would have gotten me in jail. I'd have gotten in his face with a pry-bar (I don't carry around town; no need, not yet, and it invites trouble) and maybe hurt the clown. Maybe seriously.

    Maybe I'd be in jail now.

    People are COMPLETELY insane. I have nearly been killed on my motorcycle a couple of times this week - not accidental, AGGRESSIVE moves. I think the tards in cars (trucks, mostly) really did want to hit me. In once case, he hit someone else, trying to throw his bi-i-iggg...TRUCK...into my lane. I was filtering, two car-lengths to get to a right-turn lane, in stopped traffic.

    I don't know what to tell you. We're now criminals based on our skin color and chromosome structure (XY versus XX) and as such, expect the lawless Kourts to take every opportunity to hurt us.

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    YOU did the right (and dignified) thing.

    I might have started running my mouth back at the cretin, thus escalating a situation that did not need escalation.

    Overall, however, I find your story a sad, but growingly consistent, example of just how uncivil Americans have become.

    We ARE ONE ANGRY, DIVIDED NATION.

    And, it shouldn't take great minds to discern where this will inevitably lead us.....
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    Sol Star: He's not mad.
    Al Swearengen: He's got a mean way of being happy.



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    WAY to many assholes out and about.
    If you can't beat them... You're NOT hitting hard enough.

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