Have you ever unwittingly triggered someone’s pent-up righteous indignation? You know, you’re happily going along and cross paths with someone who suddenly loses their shit? I have.
One time I was trying to make it to the gas station on fumes. I saw the light ahead of me was green and from there I would be able to coast into the gas station. Yay!
But then a young man started to step out into the street to assist a delivery truck backing out into traffic. I couldn’t stop for him or I’d never get my car started again, so as I went by I yelled “I’m sorry, I’m running out of gas!”
I had the top down (on the car you perv) so I heard him yell “Oh nice, bitch!” and a string of other similar words that faded away as I pulled into the gas station. Wondering what was his damage, I looked back and saw that he was actually helping an ambulance into traffic.
But from the road the ambulance wasn’t visible, and there were no sirens blaring or police cars on the street. No first-responder firetrucks hanging around. Nothing to indicate from the street that there was anything to be careful around.
So I can only assume that it wasn’t particularly an emergency, and also that this guy was a dick.
one of the most stressful jobs
I get it, you have an important job. And I am totally on board with people in the helping-industries. Hell, whenever my kids see a fire engine they yell “Good luck fire truck” just as I’ve taught them.
However, I am not a superhero who can see through buildings, and this guy was just venting his road-rage at me. Have you ever stumbled onto a land-mine of someone else’s rage?