I often wondered how I would react if someone would try to attack or mug me. I don't think we really know until it happens.
Last week, I was in Wallyworld looking for a Mother's Day card for my Mom. I am one of these people who has to read EVERY card until I choose one. I had my back leaning on my cart as I read.
I had noticed an older skinny scruffy looking gentleman,a little further down looking at the cards for wives. I thought nothing of it because people were walking all over, stopping etc. It's Walmart!
All of a sudden the man walks around to the front of the cart and starts walking away with my cart Luckily I wasn't leaning all the way or I would have lost my balance.
At first I was shocked and trying to figure out what just happened. Then I realized what was happening.
I yelled walking as fast as I could towards him. I am actually amazed I was able to catch up with him.
"Hey! What the hell?, I yelled! I reached him and literally pushed him with my right shoulder, got in between him and reclaiming my cart shouting, "What are you doing? It is my cart! What the hell dammit! Get away!
I caught him off guard as he stumbled to the side. Catching himself to continue to stand upright he said, "I'm so sorry. I thought you were my wife standing there."Yea. Right.
I continued to look at him warily. He apologized twirling his finger by his ear saying, "I am s cuckoo?"
I thought as I backed away from him, 'No crap! ' I couldn't figure out if he was telling the truth or not. I did not know if he was actually trying to steal my cart, or it was just an accident like he said.
He kept saying he was old and crazy. It was sorta creepy for me so I pushed my shopping cart walking backwards (And that is so very hard for me to do) because I didn't know what he would do if I turned my back. I got back to the Greeting Card Section.
A few seconds later he returned. I leerily watched him. He was looking around saying more to himself he thought he had a cart but couldn't remember where it was. I immediately grabbed my car defensively defensively saying, "This is my cart!"
As I thought about it later, I realized how childish that could have sounded.
At the same time an employee was walking by and he heard him. I think he had seen the whole thing play out walking from the other side of the store. He looked down the aisle he was passing and said, "There is a basket down there."
The man trotted and looked. With a relieved look he exclaimed, "OH God, thank goodness! I thought I was going crazy." He got the cart and walked away talking to himself.
Maybe he thought my cart was his cart and made a mistake. It happens. But I was thinking if he is that forgetful and "Cuckoo" maybe he shouldn't be alone in Walmart for his safety. Many people can prey on others like this gentleman. I wonder if his wife was actually in the store with him?
I thought later I now know how I would react and I think I did dang good. I was determined that he was not getting my cart. My adrenalin kicked in big time.
What do you think you would have done? What would you do if someone was trying to mug you or attack you?