- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
To and from work, I take the “park and ride” bus in and out the city. One of my old co-workers called me while I was on the bus heading home. We’d been playing phone tag the last couple of days bc I’d been trying to let her know about some prospective jobs she may be interested in (she was laid off). I didn’t have her personal email, and her phone is disabled for texts. I was only planning on asking her for her email. I’ll put the rest as a dialogue so it can be easier to read.
Me: Catherine, sorry I missed your call, but I was wondering if..(interrupted)
The Jerk (older man sitting behind me to my right):DO YOU MIND?! (in a very very rude tone).
(Turning Around) Me: “Excuse me? Can I help you?”
The Jerk: Do-You-Mind?! (same rude tone now enuciating the words as if I’m an idiot)
Me: This is an important phone call.
The Jerk: No, it’s not. (At that point my temper flared, things were going to get ugly.)
Me: Yes, it is. Also, if you don’t like noise or people talking on the bus then don’t take public transportation. (Turning back to my call.)
Me: Catherine, I’m so sorry some jerk was running his mouth to me on the bus.
Because I was so mad at his comments, I extended the conversation to about 5 minutes just to irritate him. When I got off the bus, I turned to him.
Me: The next time you have an issue with someone being on the phone, you should ask them nicely.
The Jerk: I did. I said, do you mind?
Me: No you didn’t, you said it in the rudest way. If you had just asked me nicely to lower my voice I would have no problem doing so. Also, who are you to tell me my phone call is or is not important. If you have a general issue with people talking on the bus, don’t take public transportation. If you didn’t interrupt, that phone call would have lasted less than a minute.
The Jerk just smirked at me and said, “You have a great day,” and walked away.
Ok I have to say what I did next I’m not exactly proud of but I hate it when people are jerks to other people and say comments like, “you have a nice day or God Bless,” right after because they do so to be patronizing. So I got into my car and pulled over until he passed me by then I took a picture of his license plate and followed him out of the lot and for a few minutes before taking my normal route to go home. I’m not particularly proud of letting him infuriate me to trigger me following him, but maybe next time he may think twice before being a jerk to someone who may do him some real harm. A part of me thinks he would have never talked to me that way if I was a large man rather than a super petite Asian chick.
Ok Vent over. Thank you.