This morning I had to run some errands in town and went to the usual stores to get the things I needed. As I approached one of the stores, I had to veer around a white car that was parked next to the curb. I noted casually that there was a man and a heavy-set woman in the car.
Suddenly, the man got out of the car and approached me. I slowed my steps because I didn't like the looks of him...several teeth missing, shirt open to the waist, and dirty jeans. He looked like he could do with a good wash. I had my car keys in my hand and I figured they'd make a pretty good weapon if necessary. As I got closer to him, he spoke..."Excuse me, ma'am, but we're tryin' to get to Asheville, and we've only got four dollars. Can you help us out?"
I said, "Not today, buddy, sorry." I kept walking towards the store.
The man yelled at the top of his voice, 'SON OF A BITCH! AIN'T NOBODY IN THIS TOWN GONNA HELP US OUT? GODDAMN! GODDAMN! NOBODY HELPS ANYONE ANYMORE!" And he started to kick the tires on his car, which wasn't a bad-looking car, either.
When I got into the store, I told a clerk that she might want to call the police as the man was really behaving violently while trying to harrass customers approaching the store. Several other people outside the store had heard the man's loud rants and were stopped, staring at him.
I went on about my business, but I don't think the clerk ever called the police. In a few minutes, the car and its weird occupant were gone. I did not have my cell with me or I'd have called the PD myself, but I hadn't noticed a license number...the whole incident was disturbing. This kind of thing doesn't happen in our little town... so there wouldn't have been a lot of info I could've given them.
Really strange, but one doesn't start out to Asheville from my area without some resources, regardless of why one has to get there.
"Behind every great fortune lies a great crime."
Honore de Balzac
"Democrats work to help people who need help.
That other party, they work for people who don't need help.
That's all there is to it."
~Harry S. Truman