I recognize that the news is never going to cover this story. So here’s it’s shot at getting out there. I received this email from a person in our community today. Most people would know her as a protagonist. I know her as someone with a deep sense of justice for our schools and the people in her life.
So here is her story from today. I think you’ll like it.
I want to tell you about a horrible incident that happened to me today….somewhere there is a lesson to be learned in this story, so please bear with me:
I pulled into the Meijer parking lot on 26 and Van Dyke to buy some cough syrup for my daughter and a few cans of cat food. While I was getting my coupons out (gotta love those coupons!), I sat in my car with the car engine off. A man was exiting his car one spot over directly across from me. While he was exiting his vehicle, an older woman attempted to pull into the spot directly across from me next to the man exiting his vehicle. He quickly closed his door and waited for her to pull in….she almost hit his car, she was within inches of his vehicle sideways.
He opened his door and began yelling at the lady (I later found out her name) and telling her to back out before she hit him. She didn’t move…he kept yelling. I got out of my car and said to the dude, ‘why don’t you try to help her instead of yelling at her?’ and I walked up to the lady…she was a senior citizen who was shaking with her hands on the steering wheel. I asked her if she was okay, and she said the guy was scaring her and she turned off her car because the steering wheel locked up. I asked her if she would restart the car and I would help her unlock the steering wheel and get the car into the parking space.
She was visibly upset, shaking and staring at the man who was out of his car by this time and yelling every profanity you can imagine, not only at her, but at me for being a ‘do gooder’ (and that was the nicest thing he said, believe me…his language was worse than a sailor, much worse than anything that I have ever hear from any human being in my lifetime and for those of you that know me, that’s pretty bad!).
When she restarted her engine, the guy got of his car and got in between her car and his – literally inches. I asked him to move and he said no, she was going to hit his car and I explained to him that if her car jerked forward she would take off his kneecaps and he said good then he could sue her sorry old ass and get her inheritance! He did move and leaned against his car mocking her as she tried to get the car moved into the space, which she did successfully shaking and in tears!
Once out of harms way, he hailed a stream of profanity at both her and I, going off on how how old people shouldn’t be driving and she should have her keys taken away from her…he began to walk away and I called him back to apologize to the lady and to me. He told me to &()@ myself, asked what kind of C*&@ helps old people and to mind my own business!!!! I told him to return so I could call the police and he said for what…thank goodness the Meijers security guards were watching this all on their in-store cameras and came out to assist!
I called the police… she was in her car visibly shaken and they arrived while the guy was still spewing his horrible language. The police asked what was going on; I told them my version, she told them her version and the Meijers security told them what they had seen and then heard in the parking lot once they were on scene. The police officer then talked to the dude…they did a breathalyser on him and arrested him for DUI and disorderly conduct and hailed his ass off to jail!
The victim and I drove down to the police department to file witness reports while they were towing his car away and when I arrived at the police station the guy was still going at me and her for being every female word you can think of that is not positive! The victim is 87 years old, her husband passed away 35 years ago and she prays everyday that she will not harm anyone, even if she goes for a walk, with her mouth or her actions (I need to learn alot from Geraldine!). The dude is 75 years old…spewing that old people shouldn’t be driving!!!!
He was slammed with a DUI and a disorderly in public charge, locked up for 12/24 hours and I also asked to have another charge brought against him for harassment of me and Geraldine. The statute is VERBAL SEXUAL HARASSMENT and SWEARING IN A PUBLIC VENUE. We are both going to appear in court in June when he is charged, but at least he is locked up tonight for awhile anyway. The officer told me that the dude has a previous criminal history, he could not say what it was for confidentiality reasons, but the guy has been in trouble before…lovely eh?
I drove her back to her car, we did our grocery shopping together and we sat in the food court until I could get in touch with her son, who assured me he would come by tonight and check on his mom…he already called to tell me he checked on her on his way home and she is still flustered, but doing okay!
I warn my kids everyday to watch out for the lunatics and I thank my lucky stars that I was there when this all took place with her. I could only picture my daughter or my mother being harassed by the dude, and my heart broke! How could anyone stand by and watch a defenseless old woman be harassed by a dude so disrespectfully?
We all need tolerance, patience and empathy….this victim is now my friend…I called her tonight to make sure she is okay and we are having lunch next week…I need to learn alot from her….please take the time with older people, have the patience with the young and the old cause we all will be there one day (hopefully!).