Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A Christmas Shopping Tale

I wasn't sure if I should tell you this story or not because I was afraid my blogging friends would think I was a total witch. However, my family thinks this story is hilarious, and they encouraged me to retell it on my blog. Disclaimer: Please do not get the wrong idea about me. I promise I am not a witch-just a little grumpy sometimes! :)

I went for a little last minute Christmas shopping on Dec. 23. Athens was so crowded. However, I was filled with the Christmas spirit, so I didn't really mind my crowded surroundings. Obviously not everyone was filled with Christmas spirit though. I witnessed a woman get out of her car as she was exiting the Best Buy parking lot and violently cuss another woman. I'm sure what the other woman did, but whatever it was it made for a great show.

Anyway, back to my story. I was traveling down the Atlanta Highway (yes, the same one The B-52's headed down to look for their love get-away), and I was stopped at an intersection in which I wanted to make a left turn. Well, the red light turned to a green arrow, and everyone in front of me made the left turn. However, if I would have made the left turn I would have been stuck in the middle of the intersection blocking two lanes of traffic on a very busy and very major road. Instead of going and blocking the intersection (because I had no idea how long the light would stay green), I opted to stop where I was and wait for the road to clear to a point where I would not risk blocking the intersection when I turned.

Well, the guy behind me did not like this plan. He began honking and making rude gestures. He was throwing his hand up in the air and huffing. In other words, he was pitching a fit. I rolled down my window and pointed to the back up of traffic to show him that I could not go, but this did not help matters. Well, the traffic finally cleared enough for me to turn left, so I did just as the turn arrow turned yellow. Well, the guy behind me follows me up under the light and makes the left turn before the light turned red. However, this was not good enough for him. He was still pitching a fit. Now, I admit that I am not the best of drivers. In fact, I am the reason that there is a stereotype for women drivers. However, I knew better than to block a very busy intersection on an unusually busy day.

I shrug off the man's rude act, and I hop out of my car to go into Bed, Bath, and Beyond when guess who walks in ahead of me. That's right-the road rage man. Honestly, I wanted to kick him in the knee cap and call him an a**hole and explain to him how it is Christmas and he should be a little more patient, but I decide it wasn't the best approach. Instead, I calmly walked up to him while he was browsing, and said (in a very calm and sweet voice), "Excuse me sir. I just wanted to apologize for upsetting you at that intersection back there. I really didn't mean to upset you. I just didn't want to turn and block the intersection because I was unsure of how long the turn light would stay green. Again, I am really sorry, and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas."

He couldn't do anything but stutter. I guess he didn't realize I caught the full act of his fit pitching. He looked like he could have crawled under the display and died. I realize it was a little passive aggressive of me to do what I did, but boy was it fun!

18 comments:

A Belle and her Beau said...

oh my gosh I am so glad that you did that! I always want to do stuff like that but am too much of a scaredy cat. Good for you :)

d.a.r. said...

Holy cow, good for you!!! I always want to be that assertive but I am a giant wimp. Serves him right!!

Catholic Runner said...

I say bravo!! Well done.

*PinkNic* said...

Haha, that's brilliant! Loving the blog btw :)

Pearls and Bows said...

Haha! I gave you a blog award! Happy New Year!

Holly McStay Paul said...

Way to go Jennifer!! You did exactly right by waiting for the traffic ahead of you to move. And good for you standing up for yourself to that man even if you were nice to him! LOL You're a better woman than I am! :)

Dixie's Whimsey said...

It may make him think twice before having a case of road rage again! I think you handled it perfectly, and it mustn't have been easy confronting a man! He could have turned out to be a mega jerk and had some chain-store rage too!

I'm a southern gal too... but quite a bit older than you... we just call that givin' em a little "Scarlet O'Hara"... ya know!

stumbled upon your blog today.. and it's really sweet! I'll be back again to see how you handle the next "less than gentlemanly" man.

Victoria said...

That is AWESOME! That is so something I would do!! And let me tell you, it doesnt make you bitchy or grumpy you were keeping yourself from creating a road block... Good for you!!!

V

Kweku and Laura said...

Ha! I'm proud of you. I happened upon your blog and I don't think you are awful, but it was a brilliant move! Way to be assertive!

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

I applaud you! You weren't rude and called him out for behaving badly in the nicest possible way...Good for you!

Mary Ann said...

Only you can pull that off. I can just picture you and that sweet voice of yours telling him that. Good job! Congrats for keeping your Christmas spirit!

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Emmaroo03 said...

Killing him with kindness! Not witchy at all, don't worry, it's an awesome story.

Jingle said...

Hee-Hee.....gotta love it when they feel like idiots! LOL! Thanks for sharing your story!

Lindsey said...

Way to go!!!

Jennifer said...

good for you!!! I don't think I would ever be that brave!

Kristy said...

Awww...that was great...I especially liked the part about the atlanta highway cue B-52's...so funny!

The Rangel-Carangui Family said...

Way to go!!! I wish I could be as brave as you.