Thursday, May 29, 2008

Lady. Really, lady?

Here's a story that I recently remembered (though the details are not 100% clear, as it happened a long time ago). The memory was prompted by a moron I was trapped behind in the parking lot of the mall recently.

A few years ago, I was in the Walmart parking lot, waiting to find a spot. The car in front of me rolled to a complete stop (no signal, no nothin'). It just stopped. Nothing happened. No one got in, no one got out... nothin'.

I waited for what I felt was a long time; then I honked. It wasn't one of those obnoxious long honks... I swear! It was just a "Beep! Hello?? Can you please move along? Waiting, here!" Instantly, this enormous lady emerged from the car. She had shades on (it was night time) and she walked toward me (slower than I have ever seen anyone walk in my entire life).

Lady: You got a problem?
Kristie: A problem? No, I wouldn't call it a "problem." I just want to park my car.
L: So park your car.
K: I can't move my car, and I can't park it here. You are stopped in front of me and there are two cars behind me waiting as well. I need to get around you.
L: So go around me.
K: What are you, a high school bully? Can you please just move your car?
L: (did that "tough guy" step-forward thing like she was about to, you know, kick my ass... then she muttered a whole bunch of loud yet cloudy obscenities as she stormed off to her car-- a black Ford Escort-- and peeled away)


I was waiting to be jumped on the way to/from Walmart, but miraculously, I survived.

Bullies. It seems as though there are far more of them outside of schools than in them. I've dealt with my fair share of bullies being a middle and high school teacher and all, and it's even more pathetic (sad!) to see "old" people bullying. Some people are SOOOOOOO tough (*rolls eyes*).

I know, I know, these people usually have self-esteem issues and are acting out, but take it somewhere else. I don't know. Go get help. Talk to someone. Lose some weight. Read a book. Pluck your eyebrows. Get a manicure. Take some classes. Whale on a punching bag. Call Dr. Phil. DO something. The rest of us don't have the time or patience to deal with your issues... and we shouldn't have to, either.


Immoral Matriarch said...

*lol* Idiots.

Katie said...

Something similar(ish) happened to me recently outside a grocery store. A lady got all tough and threated me FOR NO REASON other than the fact that I walked by her at the wrong moment. I hadn't said anything to her, hadn't looked at her, nothing! Normally I would have been scared know, since I am all of 5 ft tall and I weigh a buck 15, but this time I had my BABY with me!! Some sort of mother bear instinct kicked in and I pretty much told the (very large, very scary) lady to back the fuck off. I just don't get bullies. Never have. Sad thing is, grown up bullies act JUST LIKE the bullies that I used to teach in KINDERGARTEN!! Sheesh!

Kristie said...

@Immoral Matriarch:
Yes, we are!! ;)

Grown-up bullies don't act "just like" the ones we used to teach... they act worse. They're PATHETIC!