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A friend's dad once stormed up to me and threatened to "punch your stupid face in" because I pointed a camera at him. I was 11. Have you ever done something innocent or made a harmless joke that ended in threats to your person? Tell us about it.

Thanks to Skullfunkerry for the suggestion

(, Thu 26 Sep 2013, 12:28)
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Strangely angry train man.
I'll be the first (well, maybe after some prompting) that my people skills are occasionally lacking, which results in me being left baffled in a variety of situations. However, one time recently left me confused as to why the man in question thought this was acceptable behaviour.

I was approaching a three-seater bench at the end of a working day in the train station. I was knackered, footsore and just wanted to sit down. On this bench was a rather large gentleman. A rather large gentleman in his mid fifties, wearing thick jam-jar glasses, a suit jacket that had never seen an iron, and teeth that would keep a cosmetic dentist on the gravy train for life. He was occupying one and a half seats, and his bag the second half of the other one.

On the third, and in my way, was an empty bottle of strawberry milkshake. Shifting it out of my way to sit down, he suddenly very aggressively leaned over, and shouted at me "Why did you move that?!" as though I had committed some gross personal offence and insulted his honour. Not liking his tone, I simply said "So I could sit down. And there's no need to be so rude and aggressive." Looking back, I found my tone quite reasonable, given the behaviour of the angry mound of wrinkly blubber sharing the bench with me. Thinking that was the end of it, I slipped on a pair of headphones and ignored him. Sadly it was not to be.

A couple of minutes later, I hear the train being announced over the calming sound of Vaughan Williams. Standing up to go to the edge of the platform, I get a tap on my shoulder. I turned round to see my earlier, and angry, conversational partner standing directly behind me, bellowing at me to move down the platform so he could be first in line. Laughing at him and saying "No", he shouts his request again, and louder this time. Ignoring the request, I advised him to perhaps consider calming down as it wouldn't be doing his blood pressure any good, and hinting at the possibility of a heart attack for good measure. I then turned round again, telling him I was ignoring him.

Another shoulder tap, and another repeated order to move down the platform. "Leave it fella", I said. "It just isn't worth it". "I never leave things, I always finish them" said the man, taking off his glasses, and by now turning a rather unhealthy shade of puce. I turned round again, and looked around. People were staring at this man, transfixed, yet not doing anything. Well, they can hardly be expected to tangle with a clearly mental individual, I suppose.

Then, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed the train coming in, down the platform. I stepped smartly off, picking a random place on the platform, and the train came to a halt with the doors smartly in front of me. The puce-faced man now turned a rather unhealthy shade of purple, before picking a different set of doors with which to get on the train. Well, he did say to move...

Reflecting on all of this later though, I bear the man no ill-will or wish him to fall off a cliff or whatever. I only pity the man. I mean, who considers starting confrontations in train stations over an empty bottle of strawberry milkshake to be reasonable behaviour? How bad must his life actually be?

TL:DR- Angry man in train station tries to cause a fight over something pointless.
(, Thu 26 Sep 2013, 14:54, 19 replies)
awooga, what a rush...
and so on
(, Thu 26 Sep 2013, 14:56, closed)
No, not really in this case.

(, Thu 26 Sep 2013, 15:04, closed)
i'll square with you, i didn't read a single word of your story

(, Thu 26 Sep 2013, 15:16, closed)
Good job I put a tldr at the bottom then.

(, Thu 26 Sep 2013, 15:41, closed)
not a single word

(, Thu 26 Sep 2013, 16:02, closed)
I'm touched.
Like a choirboy. No, really.
(, Thu 26 Sep 2013, 16:03, closed)
Did you fall asleep in him?

(, Thu 26 Sep 2013, 15:23, closed)
Nope, although I was tempted to shove him in front of said train.

(, Thu 26 Sep 2013, 15:41, closed)
Was he baldmonkey?
Man, I bet he was baldmonkey, ballbagging and being all waki.
(, Thu 26 Sep 2013, 16:09, closed)
If it was Baldmonkey
Well, I don't know what I'd do. Run away in fear of my sanity, perhaps.
(, Thu 26 Sep 2013, 17:04, closed)
needless to say...

(, Thu 26 Sep 2013, 16:28, closed)
It does have that vibe, doesn't it?
Really not intentional- just blind luck. It defused the situation quite nicely though. I don't back down to bullies.
(, Thu 26 Sep 2013, 17:04, closed)
Unusual that.
Not many railway stations are pointless.
(, Thu 26 Sep 2013, 18:26, closed)
So your standing near the edge if a railway platform, with an angry nutter threatening violence and you keep turning your back to him?

(, Thu 26 Sep 2013, 19:18, closed)
Ooh bugger.
That's only just occurred to be now you say it.

Gods I'm slow.
(, Thu 26 Sep 2013, 22:36, closed)
he'd forgotten his meds
(, Fri 27 Sep 2013, 1:42, closed)
I spoke to someone else who regularly gets the same train. He's done it before.
(, Fri 27 Sep 2013, 7:20, closed)
maybe he needs to invest in meds then. Though perhaps having to rely on the British railway system for all your transportation needs could potentially drive you mad.
(, Fri 27 Sep 2013, 15:44, closed)
Annoying as I find it.
I've never felt the need to well, be like that care in the community case.
(, Fri 27 Sep 2013, 16:08, closed)
Your description sounds just like someone I met on a train
Sat opposite me and after about 5 minutes started putting his feet on top of mine.
My legs were tucked back as far as possible already and he was clearly just wanting to stretch his legs out.
When I politely asked him to stop treading on my toes, he angrily shouted back "Well you shouldn't have them there then!".

I must admit to calmly advising him that the next time he did it he'd get an almighty slap, which seemed to do the trick, but I couldn't work out why he was so angry over something he was doing.
(, Fri 27 Sep 2013, 8:08, closed)
Black curly hair, by any chance?
With a red Hugo Boss bag?
(, Fri 27 Sep 2013, 9:43, closed)
No bag, but otherwise could be him.
Mind you, it sounds like a lot of the angry people are the big tubby type.
(, Fri 27 Sep 2013, 10:53, closed)
and I thought they were supposed to be jolly

(, Fri 27 Sep 2013, 10:56, closed)
It's funny that
When a tubby gets angry and you say "I thought you lot were supposed to be jolly" they just get angrier.
(, Fri 27 Sep 2013, 11:03, closed)
If he tries it on again
I might just try that to see if he actually explodes.
(, Fri 27 Sep 2013, 12:23, closed)
Mr Creosote
Or maybe just a Stressed Eric.
(, Fri 27 Sep 2013, 12:47, closed)
Stressed Eric would be a lot easier to clean up.
I don't fancy having an old guy explode in my face. As it were.
(, Fri 27 Sep 2013, 16:09, closed)
I often come across his slightly calmer cousin on my commute.
This guy is in his forties, has a Brillo pad haircut and tinted glasses, and if he's wearing a shirt with a stiff collar, the fat on his chin hangs over the edge of the collar.

He gets on near the end of the route and spends most of the 5-10 minute journey plugged into his iPod grumbling, muttering and loudly huffing about the most trivial traffic phenomena, providing unintentional entertainment in the process (bus stopped to pick up a passenger just before some temporary traffic lights? "Fucking twat.") In the eight months I've been working in Halifax, I've never once seen him in anything approaching a good mood.

He projects such a ridiculous image it's all I can do not to point and laugh at him.
(, Sun 29 Sep 2013, 22:10, closed)
That's me at the moment.
But, that's quitting smoking for you. What larks.
(, Wed 2 Oct 2013, 17:29, closed)

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