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I'm SOO proud of her!

Today her and Maddy were running errands in the Lakewood area, picking up a text book, etc. She is driving to get coffee when a new F250 speeds up on her bumper and honks at her (she's doing just over the speed limit). She continues at her pace and the truck starts swaying back and forth in the lane as aggressive tailgaters sometimes do, yelling at her from the open window.

The coffee shop comes up and she pulls off, and the man follows her. She puts her purse on the seat and proceeds to the drivethru window and places her order. The man, a large contractor type, comes up to the driver's side rear door area between the car and the shop and starts screaming, cursing, and making threats at the top of his lungs, FREAKING OUT. The barista was mortified and really couldn't do much of anything but watch. Mil was telling him "Calm down, or I'm going to call the cops. Get back in your truck..." etc, not escalating the situation. He just kept getting madder and madder. Finally he comes up and puts his hands on the sill and starts to lean in when she pulled the GLOCK from her purse, not pointing it at him. He DISAPPEARS. The barista gave her a free drink lol.

This happened about 10 mins before I got off work, and she texts me this understated msg; "Something scary just happened....call me ASAP". I call her and she told me everything and I had her call the cops, one to open the possibility that he might be prosecuted for the crime that that road rage is here, and two to make sure the cops had her story if he were to call and report brandishing. The cops had this to say; "Well that's nice, call back if you have any further problems". Wonderful.

What kind of meathead puts a mother and daughter in danger on the road, then comes and freaks out and threatens a mother MUCH smaller then himself with a little girl on board no less?? I was so pissed, but everything did turn out ok. Guess he wasn't counting on Mr. GLOCK....
 

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Luckily she was armed and resonded correctly. Too bad so many out there for get their manners.. Glad to hear a gun protected another. Tell her well done and carry on.
 

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Give your girlfriend a great big hug and tell her Great Job. I'm glad everything turned out well.
 

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send this account to the NRA so they can print it up in the Armed Citizen column. i tried to find a link on their website but no luck. may have to snail mail it to them.
 

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Kudos! Glad that everything worked out OK.
Another Citizen Success Story with a good happy ending.
 

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Warm fuzzies right now!!! :smile:
 

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For the life of me I can't figure out how some people get so worked up over..... what? She's going a litle over the limit and he's pissed because she is going too slow for him?He's out accosting people because he didn't plan his time correctly? Good job on her part; maybe he won't pull that sort of crap next time. Tell her good job! :smile:
 

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While some get way to upset...there are those that should MOVE OVER..

If the lane to the right is open...move to it...there will ALWAYS be someone that wants to go faster..and you are just asking for something like this to happen if you lolly gag in the "fast" lane.

This also leaves the lane open for emergency vehicles and for emergency lane changes if necessary.


Please tell her "good job!"..but also dont let her hang out in the fast lane. This entire incident could have been avoided if she had just moved over..and realistically..I'd rather my wife avoid a situation, than get into one.
 

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While some get way to upset...there are those that should MOVE OVER..

If the lane to the right is open...move to it...there will ALWAYS be someone that wants to go faster..and you are just asking for something like this to happen if you lolly gag in the "fast" lane.

This also leaves the lane open for emergency vehicles and for emergency lane changes if necessary.


Please tell her "good job!"..but also dont let her hang out in the fast lane. This entire incident could have been avoided if she had just moved over..and realistically..I'd rather my wife avoid a situation, than get into one.

As a lead-foot car nut, I agree with you. This was not the scenario however....this happened in interurban traffic, not the freeway. Moving over was not possible.
 

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While some get way to upset...there are those that should MOVE OVER..

If the lane to the right is open...move to it...there will ALWAYS be someone that wants to go faster..and you are just asking for something like this to happen if you lolly gag in the "fast" lane.

This also leaves the lane open for emergency vehicles and for emergency lane changes if necessary.


Please tell her "good job!"..but also dont let her hang out in the fast lane. This entire incident could have been avoided if she had just moved over..and realistically..I'd rather my wife avoid a situation, than get into one.
hmm, I didn't notice where the story mentioned a 4-lane road. Around here, most roads are 2-lanes.
At any rate, if the guy was in such a hurry, how'd he have time to stop and harrass the GF? lol.
 

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Kudos for the was she handled it .. As a repair man i see driving like that a lot and am prone to pull over and let people pass i did so other day in a neighbor hood sure i was going little slower hard to read house #'s while flying....


Just so happen the idiot riding my bumper was the place i was going ... i get there he asks what ya pull over for to which i tole him he was driving like a ________ (add your fav term here ) and i wanted to get rid of him ... He shut up real fast
 

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Yup, she did the right thing. Seems a lot of lead feet out there, and some of those are hotheads that just can't stand to have someone getting in their way. I guess it's that way everywhere. I was curious about the Police response though...guess it just wasn't exciting enough for them! :rolleyes:
 

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Hey AZG23, Sounds to me like your trying very hard to make every excuse that you can for the "road rage type AH". IMHO if the state laws don't say that I have to always drive in the slow lane except to pass----or----the state laws don't say that I always have to do EXACTLY the speed limit then I will drive in whichever lane that I choose to drive in AND go 10mph UNDER the speed limit if I choose to do so. There are alot of reasons that I can think of for not going as fast as YOU want me to go and not being in the lane that YOU prefer that I be in. If I'm looking for an address "up here on the left somewhere" what would you have me do? Seems that alot of drivers nowadays feel that they have more right than you to be on the road because ----they have a bigger vechicle than you--- they want to go faster than you---- they make a living on the road and your just and "ordinary driver"---etc.,etc. Let me just say that I always stay in the far right lane except to pass but I sometimes go under the speed limit. Should I be treated like the above lady for it? If I don't like how someone is driving(unless they endanger me or my families life) I mutter at them under my breath,but that is all. In my opinion the police should take action against the overly agressive driver in the above story. Seems to me that it is just a matter of time that he will injure someone either in or out of his vechicle. Would you want it to be your wife ??? No me !------- This I say with all due respect to my fellow drivers and my fellow CCWer's-----
 

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I wont quote all of your post RSSZ...

But Im not making excuses...And there is NO excuse for road rage and it isnt blown off by LEA's here in AZ.

It is common courtesy to stay to the right unless passing. While I do not advocate raging on someone in traffic...I see alot of people jsut meandering thru their commute in the left lane and holding up traffic flow. Common courtesy has gone out the window on the roads of America.

I see people doing 65 in the fast lane on the freeway here. While it is posted 65 it still impedes traffic and can cause road rage. Why would you purposefully walk up to a 280 lb. Linebacker and smack him in the face..? You wouldnt...so why provoke someone into RR by being inconsiderate and staying in the fast lane while traffic is mounting up behind them.

This is my point, Im not saying that the specific actions that she or he took were right or wrong...just stating what I see and experience here in AZ..and how you can easily avoid those situations in general.

As for my wife...she used to stay in whatever lane she pulled into...and had a few slight run-ins of this type..not nearly as aggressive, After talking and explaining the situation it can cause she now go's with the flow of traffic and if she needs to go slower...she does it in the slow lane. I personally do the slow lane unless passing, or if nothing is "catching" up to me...driving isnt a blur of get in the car and go to point A. You need to be aware of what/who is around you even more so than when you arent in your car. Im simply wanting folks to realize it "can" happen as there are alot of ill tempered drivers out there in our world.

Stay safe..stay right!
 

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Actually.....Ill edit my above where I said what he or she did was right or wrong..what HE did was wrong..I just wanted to make that point...thx
 

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Having observed in reviewing many driving records that virtually all speeding tickets are issued for more than 10 over, I cruise at 5 over. Regardless, if I am in the left lane and see someone catching up, I get into the right lane.

My state (CO) even has a new law designed to reduce road-rage incidents which requires that, for roads with limits of at least 65, you travel in the left lane only long enough to pass.

I congratulate SGeringer's girlfriend on exercising restraint. I can easily imagine many others reflexively blasting someone who actually stuck his head into the car.
 

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While it is posted 65 it still impedes traffic and can cause road rage.
Not trying to be contentious here, but. Since when, does obeying the law cause criminal behavior? The answer is of course, it doesn’t. It causes road rage like guns cause crime, or flies cause garbage. It is just another lame excuse. “The devil made me do it”

Some people just have short fuses and no self control. They will find someone to be angry at, or in this case, someone to terrorize, regardless of how their day goes. If you are going the speed limit in the right lane, and that ticks them off so much that they feel the need to chase you down and yell at you, they need a wake up call. Preferably in the form of jail time.


She did the right thing. She didn’t antagonize him, she turned off the road, and went about her business. He escalated the situation because he feels the need to yell at someone in order to make himself feel big.

Why would you purposefully walk up to a 280 lb. Linebacker and smack him in the face..? You wouldnt...so why provoke someone into RR by being inconsiderate and staying in the fast lane while traffic is mounting up behind them.
Driving like you have brain in your head, is not the equivalent of whacking someone in the face.

Having said that, I stay in the right lane the great majority of the time. But when I am going 70 in a 65 and I pass a semi going 55, there is no reason for some knucklehead to run right up on my bumper halfway through, start honking and flipping me off.

RR is inexcusable 99.99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% of the time. I have been attacked by a road rage moron twice to the point of vehicle contact. These days I drive large vehicles, and they can honk, gesture, and swerve about all they want. I will let them have the road, if they come after me, I will try to evade. However if the leave me no choice I have long ago decided that I will do everything I can to make sure they lose the confrontation.
 

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In a side note, the only thing I can fault the GF with, is not leaving when the BG approached her truck. I would say you are proud of her with good reason.
 

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Your logic is flawed....

obeying the law can lead to all kinds of crime my friend. You could be carjacked because you have a nice car. Your wife could be mugged while out exercising, you could be shot in the bank during a bank robbery when you were just making a legal deposit. What I am saying is most of the folks I see putting in the fast lane need to move over because there are always hot heads that "may" rage on them. Again, not condoning it...its a fact of our society.....why provoke it. YMMV.

Again...I am not making excuses for people who cannot control themselves behind the wheel.

I had an experience on Friday morning driving to work. I drive a slighlty lifted large tired Nissan Frontier....its Yellow.and I drive with my headlights on (been pulled out in front of too many times) andyway...I am on the Loop 303 here in AZ..it is a 2 lane hiway in the section I am on....ther are a few other vehicles. The posted limit is 55, and most are doing that or 5 over. I am in the slow lane as I come upon a truck and a few cars in the slow lane, I signal to the fast lane which is moving faster than the slow lane (they are doing 55). I am behind another 2 vehicles...one pickup in front of me and a car in front of him...the lady in front of the guy in front of me..we will call her Slow Flow for the sake of this incident...she passed by the other cars and the semi truck and then slowed down..still in the fast lane. This stuck us next to the semi and other cars...with no way to get by. Another 2 cars caught up behind me..so 4 cars...and she isnt moving to the left as she has enough room...finally the pickup in front of me has just enough room to get by in front of the semi....so here I am in my truck...lights on, and just over a car length behind her as I move up....she is STILL doing 55 and even the semi is slowly gaining on us and I cannot get around. I DID NOT honk, didnt wave, didnt flash my lights..I was just waiting for her to move over and I had nowhere I could move to. SHE started wiggin out and flipping ME off...waving her arms around like an idiot while talking on her cell...the truck driver saw this and slowed to where I could move in front of him and pass her in the slow lane...she started flipping ME off...and I could tell foaming profanities at me..for her inconsiderate act of blocking the FLOW of traffic. I simply passed and shook my head...I was in utter disbelief. This is the type of thing I am talking about. I was raged on by Flow for her lack of intelligence.

there is NO reason to behave this way...or to tailgate on someone passing a slower moving vehicle.

Stay safe-stay right!
 

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Hummmm, Let me see. Your doing 55mph and your "just over a car length behind her" ?? Maybe she was "misbehavein" cuz YOU WERE FOLLOWING TOO CLOSE----which is against the law in most states I believe. I still feel that you are trying to justify the blow hard's behavior in the first post. I would agree with you that you should pull out--pass--and get back in the slow lane ASAP. But if you don't ---that gives others the right to do what------?? If more people would drive "right" then we all could get to where we're going----what??---say a minute and a half sooner?? My final word,with due respect.------
 
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