Last night I was confronted by several teens in a mini-van concerning my driving.
Seems that I came too close to the rear of their vehicle when they slammed on the brakes and suddenly swerved into the left turn lane.
Finger gestures were exchanged and I sped away.
They got back on the road and followed me to Wal Mart.
They didn't tail-gate me to the store. They were far enough behind me that I had time to check my shopping list, get out of the car and close the door. I had taken about two steps from closing the door when they pulled up behind my car, blocking it in.
Driver: "What's your problem!"
(repeat six or seven times).
Driver: "Why'd you flip me off?"
Me: pointing at his front passenger, "She flipped me off."
Driver: "What are you going to do about it, huh?"
Me: "Wait for you to leave."
Driver: "What if I don't?"
Me: "Call the cops."
Driver: "What are they going to do, tough guy?"
Me: grabbing phone, "Let's find out."
They leave. I waited near my car for a few minutes just to make sure they didn't come back to vandalize it.
All the time I am praying, over and over that none of them got out of the van.
I am sure I didn't want to shoot them and I am reasonably sure none of them wanted shot.
Unfortunately, the decision was in their hands. Fortunately, they chose not to create a situation where I would have had to shoot.
I never threatened to shoot them. I did not draw. I did not warn them I was armed.
I was really more perplexed by their behavior than scared.
So if you see teens driving a dark green mini van with [something] #1 written on the back glass in or around Oldsmar, Florida, they're idiots, give them a wide berth.
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