Violent situation. What would you do?.
Its been one weird afternoon for several reasons but this is the one that's eating me:
I'd parked opposite some shops while my wife went in to get some groceries. A guy with his young daughter in the back pulled up right in front of my car, stopped, then hit my bumper with some force. I got out and asked him what the hell he was doing, to which he replied that I was in his drive. I wasn't blocking his drive, wasn't on any "resident only" spaces. Where I was was perfectly legal and unobstructive.
Anyway, when he said he'd done it deliberately I blew my top and had a go at him. No damage had actually been done to the car so after my outburst I was walking away when he got out the car and basically said that old let's- have-a-fight cliche: "C'mon on then". Right that moment, just for a split second I really saw red and the caveman in me really wanted to smack him one. But my wife came along and asked me to step away from it and just let it go. So I did.
Now here's the thing: I do sometimes have a short temper but I'm not what you'd call violent, not having been in a fight since I was at school. Usually, I just steer clear of potentially violent encounters in clubs or whatever and don't think too much about events but for some reason this one has really eaten into me and I really feel the urge to go back and thump the crap out of him. I don't know if its because I walked away from it when my wife asked and its dented the ego of the caveman deep within, or that I feel justice wasn't done, or what. Logically, I feel that what I did was right (no damage, no potential criminal record!) but there's that primitive side that cannot get it out of my mind - almost as if this guy had played the bully and I'd let him.