Monday, August 04, 2008

Hazardous Lunch Breaks

Today during my lunch hour, I went to the grocery store up the road. I only drive to work two days a week and the other 3 days I carpool with my husband to save on gas.

Now if you have been reading my blog for a while, you may have read where I had another lunchtime incident some time ago involving a hit and run where a lady hit me then proceeded to drive on to her home as if it never happened. I know where she went because I followed her there and blocked her in while I called the Highway Patrol.

The store I was going to today is only 2 miles up the road from my office and since we have a fridge here at work, it saves me from having to stop after work when I need to pick up a few things.

As I was headed to the store, minding my own bees-wax, I passed an apartment complex just as a truck was coming down the driveway of the complex. Evidently he didn’t notice the stop sign because he was out in the road a good 4 foot by the time he stopped, causing me to slam on brakes and swerve into the other lane to avoid him.

Now believe it or not, I did not flip him the finger as I was as I was desperately attempting not to t-bone his truck. I just went right on past and turned into the store parking lot which was only about 300 yards on up the road.

I noticed when I turned in to the store parking lot that he turned in right behind me. Before I knew it he had punched it and come up right beside my window. Now I am not an idiot…I do everything I can to avoid road rage incidents and this time was no exception. I did not look over at him nor did I slow down, I just went right on to the store front and pulled in to a parking space. After all, it may have been a coincidence that we were going to the same place.

I sat in my car for a few seconds to be sure though, and noticed he had bypassed several nice parking spots and was very slowly driving right behind me. This got my attention sure’nuff. He went to the end of the parking lot and turned around and drove back past the back of my car very slowly. He did this a total of 5 times.

After the fifth time, he pulled his truck around and parked at the end of the parking lot and sat there with his truck facing me. There was not another business where he had parked and he was not in a parking space. He was just sitting there, facing my car. I was at this point rather hesitant about getting out of my car.

I sat there about 10 more minutes and he never moved. Finally I decided to get out and hurry on into the store. The cashier up front must have seen something in my face because she immediately asked me what was wrong. She called the manager up front and when I explained to him what had happened he walked outside to look around.

When he came back he said the truck with the man in it was still sitting there and when he walked towards the truck and got a little closer the guy drove off and he watched him leave the parking lot and drive on to the road.

I have no clue what his intentions were. I don’t know if he was out looking for a fight, and thought that I was pulling in hoping he would follow so I could confront him or what. I do know this, it gave me a very uncomfortable feeling. My heart was beating so hard, even by time I got back here to work, that I could almost hear it. I despise being afraid. I resent terribly for someone to cause me to be intimidated.

I am a former cop as most of you who have been reading a while know, so I don’t panic easily at all, but this episode made me very nervous. This time I followed my gut when it said to STAY IN THE CAR.

I believe had this incident went in another direction this man would have harmed me, all because HE pulled out in front of ME in traffic.

Gives me a whole new set of reason to purchase a cell phone….and a concealed weapon permit.

1 comment:

Raine said...

That is pretty freaky. I'm thinking maybe a cell phone is a good thing to have afterall. Glad you came out of it ok-physically anyway