Taken From The Audio Journal Of A DigitalFreak
Sound Byte: Rotten Filthy Stinking Bully/Thief
Today like any other day I got up fixed breakfast jumped in my car and left for work. I parked my car at a park and ride area not to far from my cities downtown popped in my K2 sp's fired up the CLAS/Leckerton/iPod rig threw them in my parka pocket and proceeded to go for my usual morning 30 minute walk to my jump on point. Lucky for me my jump on point is right next to a local small university and the bus terminal where my work pulls in is right along side a Starbucks. For the last 3 weeks every morning I've been sitting cafe side for around 20 minutes before work enjoying a bottled water and a nice relaxing listen on my rig before facing the everyday stress of driving a 40 foot long bus filled with students and shoppers. Unfortunately for me today would be a little different in that a certain someone would disturb my karma.
I'm sitting at my table which incidentally is only 1 table away from the main entrance when a certain transient comes walking on in. I've had my run ins with this individual before on my bus and I'm not going to lie I don't like the guy. He's one of these hustlers who like to jump on buses and jump from seat to seat begging for money from passengers and when the passenger says no he gets riled up and tries to bully money from the person. Needless to say I've had him on my bus a few times and I've caught him various times plying his strong armed antics on people. Every time I've caught him he's immediately gotten up gone to the back of the bus and always leaves through the back door. Even though he's a bit of a bully he's never given me any lip or tried to cause any trouble with me. I'm not exactly small and I'm rather tall and half meaty looking so I'm guessing he moves along looking for easier targets to bully.
In any case the guy walks in looks in my direction I happen to look up and both our eyes lock on one another. He immediately walks the long way around the cafe and makes a bee line for the counter staff and asks if he can get the key to the mens washroom (most downtown businesses keep their public washrooms locked to keep the local beggars out). The girl behind the counter calls a male counter person over and the guy begins to berate him telling him the washroom is for patrons only and isn't a lounge he can sit around in for a half hour on end. While all this is going on I've gone back to minding my own business and I've removed my IEM's shut down my gear and I'm thumbing through emails on my iPhone all the while my rig, IEM's and all, is sitting on my table next to my bottled water.
I don't know why but for whatever reason some sort of strange feeling told me to suddenly look back and out of the corner of my eye. Upon doing so I see a freaking person streaking up from behind me (the beggar) as fast as his legs will carry him. The guy had left the counter and thinking I had forgotten about him had lined himself up behind me and was taking a mad dash right at my back. It's at about that split second upon noticing him I see his arm fly out and his hand shoot out and that's when it hit me what he was doing.....he was going for my rig. His hand was maybe about a foot or so from it when I shot my left leg and elbow out (elbow hit him in the belly, leg tripped him and sent him flying) and sent the idiotic fool flying face first to the floor.
Upon seeing what was happening the male clerk grabbed a bat from underneath the counter (in hindsight it was a rather amusing sight to watch because it looked like a scene from some old movie) and began to scream that if the guy didn't scram he was going to lay a beating on him and call the cops. The bum immediately bounced up and flew out the door almost running over a couple of girls in the process. Moral of the story, keep your gear close and never ever take your eyes off a thieving bully.
Edited by DigitalFreak - 2/11/13 at 10:33pm