Last Friday I was on my way home from work taking side streets to avoid the bumper to bumper. There are a lot of single lane areas where it is 40 mph and stop signs, most people are ok with that. There is one area where it is 30 mph and it seems to go on for ever. I was on this one part Friday being tailgated by a guy in a Toyota who seemed to think the closer he got to me the faster he would get home. He almost hit me twice and had to take the shoulder because he was so close.
I didn't brake check him, didn't flip him off, or anything of that nature. When we finally hit the 2 lane area he goes flying by me and I look at him as he passes. We get to the next light and he gets out, slams his door and starts walking over towards my Jeep. I had all my windows down at the time listening to some good old country music. He screams at me so loud I hear it over my music which is pretty loud. He said "wanna make something of this" confused I said just go back to your car and relax. WRONG thing to say. He comes even closer fists clenched and started swearing at me.
Mind you I am in full uniform, duty belt, gun, ect. I firmly say go back to your vehicle and leave. He comes even closer, about 5 feet away and said what, are you going to shoot me now. Now I am getting worried I happened to find a real nut job. I said I don't plan on it unless you force me. He then proceeds to yell as loud as he can over and over I dare you to shoot me, while pacing back and fourth in the stopped traffic. Thankfully the light turned green and I had the chance to speed away from him when he was still out of his vehicle.
I went on for another mile still not seeing him in my rear view I pull into my local gas station to buy a pack of smokes to calm my nerves. What do I see as soon as I buy them, the same nut walking towards the door. I tell the clerk to call 911 and get cops out here asap. He walks in and comes right up to me and starts yelling and swearing again. Now I have no choice but to grab my gun, and unstrap it. I don't pull it out at this time, but I am darn close to it. I yell at him to leave immediately. He still stays in the store making a scene and swearing at everyone in there. This goes on for a few minutes and he decided to leave after I had enough and warned him I will use force to stop him. The station clerks are shaken up, and I am just glad I didn't have to drop him. Moral of the story, even looking at someone now a days can set them off if they are in the wrong mindset.