I had a potentially bad encounter last night. I walked out of a store pushing a cart full of shopping bags, flipped open my cell phone to call a taxi home and as the number is dialing, a white man comes walking up asking if he can help me load my car.
I could feel his evil intentions. While he is still a few feet away, I say, “sheez, I don’t have a car, can’t afford one of those things.” He still comes right up to me, asks for money. I throw him a mean look as the dispatcher answers the phone. I’m talking on the phone, rattling off store name and street intersection while this dude is way too close and still talking, trying to give me some sab sob story about his pregnant wife, who I see is getting out of the car he was standing by when I walked outside and instead of walking towards him as a wife would do, she is circling round out in the rain, sticking to the shadows of the dark parking lot. Now I am really giving the dude mean looks like I’m on the frickin phone, get away from me, watching him and watching her and thinking oh shit, are they going to jump me in the bright lights right outside the store with people mulling around?
He backs off, goes out in the shadows to the white woman, then comes back to me asking for a light. I wasn’t smoking and I wasn’t about to go rooting around for a lighter especially since I heard round about recently that someone got robbed by someone asking for a light, so I just said, “I’m not talking to you.” Twice. I must have been giving him the evil eye as he backed off, took a few steps backwards and watching me the whole time, he circled past me, meet up with his woman in the parking lot and they headed off down the road.
The store clerk came out and asked if I was okay. Yeah. They’ve had problems with those two before.
Maybe I just walked out at the wrong time as obviously, the car she was sitting in was not theirs… maybe I caught them searching unlocked cars for cash or whatever?
Oh well. This was very much on my mind when I drew my daily art practice.
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