I had a long day at work, it was late, I had to go to the market to get food.
I pull into the parking lot of the grocery store. I get an email from a client and decided to read it real quick before entering the store. I am in my car, windows are open, and I am not really paying attention to my surroundings – shame on me! I know better.
I hear a man’s voice. I always park out in the lot close to where you return carts. It just makes it easier and I like the exercise of walking to the door.
I hear a man’s voice and quickly look up. He is coming closer to my car, carrying a red gasoline carrier and asking me for $3. I tell him “No”. He continues to approach me. I become very loud and tell him to stop approaching me; “Do not come any closer to me!” I quickly check to see if my doors are locked and close the windows. I continue to yell “No!”
I learned in a self-defense class to become loud and draw a lot of attention to yourself when someone is approaching you. They go the other way and people stop to take note of the situation.
He finally walks past my car, unaffected. I am not sure if I want to stay in the parking lot. I fear he may retaliate by damaging my car. He exits the parking lot on foot and I go in and do my shopping. I am very careful to look for him as I leave and make sure there are others in the lot when I go back to my car. Event over, safe from harm.
Okay, you are saying I may have over-reacted. What if the guy really needed help?
- Who carries an empty gas can?
- If you think you are that low, go get gas.
- $3, really? What is that going to get him?
- Always trust your Woman-Sense!
I have a daily goal of doing a random act of kindness. There was just something wrong with this picture and I did not feel good about it. I would have done the same thing over again.