Back in February, I posted this. Today, I had a situation reaffirm what I discussed in that post.
This morning was bad shortly after I woke up. I got up late, had cat mess to clean up, was distracted, left the pepper spray and belt knife upstairs.
By the time I hit the highway, I realized I wouldn't just be late...I would be RIDICULOUSLY late. Highway was backed up for at least a couple of miles. Insert groan here.
By the time I neared work, I realized I'd forgotten to pack food...so I stopped at the grocery store nearest my office. I have done this so many times before it's nearly second nature - pull in, grab food, pay, go. It usually takes me 5 minutes, tops.
Today, however, something was definitely off. Someone was following me around the store. He was a white male, about 6'2" tall, maybe 200 lbs. He apparently decided I was interesting, and decided to follow me around the store. The guy didn't look at anything or anyone but me. By the time I was midway through the store, I was fed up - screamed at him to get the hell away from me. He took off running, and I completed my shopping. Turns out, the guy was waiting for me on his scooter outside the door. He waited until I exited the store to start his scooter. I screamed at him again and called the police - fortunately, at that point he took off.
So, in summation: idiot decides I'm a tasty morsel of cowflesh. I prevent him from doing anything. I'm safe and at work, and he's...who-knows-where. The police never showed up (which isn't surprising, really, in this town) and no one in the store reacted. I'm angry with myself for leaving home the two things I own for situations just like this, but I'll be more vigilant tomorrow. At least I HAVE a tomorrow. At least I know that if someone tries to sneak up on me, it's like sneaking up on a goose - I'll be noisy and defensive, even when I'm not quite awake. Hooray for gut reactions actually being appropriate.
At least I'm alright. If the guy had a gun and decided to use it, however, I wouldn't be...and because the police didn't bother to show, I lack any sort of real record of this incident. Not that it would be enough to get me a carry permit anyway...