Sometimes you just have to take things into your own hands. Now the police will tell you this isn’t wise and there is no possession that is worth your life, and of course they are correct. But sometimes instinct kicks in.
Like when a mother and her adult daughter went on an errand to grab some items from a 7-11. They were just out and about, doing their thing, when someone tried to steal their stuff. The mother swung her bag of items at the would-be thieves and the daughter, well she had hot cocoa in her hand so she threw the contents of her cup in their direction. The assailants fled, and no one was hurt, but you know the police frown upon this type of thing.
I’ve often wondered what I would do when confronted in such a fashion, the kind where you can’t just ignore your way out it. That happened to be recently as well. A rather derelict looking individual came up to me asking for money for a cup of coffee. Not threatening as per say, except it was dark out, I was alone and he had managed to come at me from an angle so I was trapped against a door leading to the stairs.
When I tried to ignore him, he flipped open a tiny little switchblade. And that’s when my mouth took over. I asked him where was he planning on getting his coffee from and what size of coffee was he looking for? He looked at me like I had lost my mind, backed away and then just kept getting further away from me.
Of course that’s when help showed up in the form of a foot patrol officer who asked if everything was alright. You see I didn’t know the door I was backed into was locked so I couldn’t have made for the stairs if I wanted to. I explained the situation, pointing to where the man was now on a bench pretending to be asleep. And the officer shook his head and said he had never thought to question someone like that before. And he didn’t recommend it. It wasn’t in his rule book. But if that worked and I was okay he’d be dealing with the individual who was loitering illegally on the bench.
Because sometimes your mouth takes over, or before you know it, you are just taking things into your own hands.