Got chewed on for having a motorized bike.....

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by bluegoatwoods, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    I knew there were people like this, of course. But I hadn't had one yet show his ugly face to me.

    I was in a strip mall yesterday pulled onto the sidewalk, locking my bike in order to go into the store. This guy and his wife came walking by. As he passes, he asks, "Where's the license plate?"

    I could tell that this guy was being a smart alek, so my answer was a cold, "I don't need one."



    At that point I would have told him that these are legal and to never mind or something like that.

    But he comes up with, "So what happens when you knock down grandma standing on the corner with her groceries?"

    Now I was starting to get more than just annoyed, I was getting mad. He was still right there with me. I narrowed my eyes even more, went into my low growl and spit out, "I-Don't-Do-Things-Like-That!"

    Maybe he knew that he couldn't get away with a lot more, because that's when he started walking away. But he couldn't resist mouthing off more about how 'we have to buy insurance and you don't' and about how we should 'grow up' and **** like that.

    By this time he had reached the door of the store (the same one I was going into) and I pointed at him and yelled, "I own a car and I pay my share!"

    Jerkwad just gave me the finger.

    I waited long enough to smoke half a cigarette before following him in. I wanted to let the steam off a bit. I didn't want to start a fight inside.

    I went in and had made the plan to, when I saw him, say loudly, "I'll tell you something else I don't do; I don't get ****ty with strangers on the sidewalk" with the intention of being heard by most everyone in the store. Hopefully it would embarass him some and I'd just see where it went from there.

    He saw me and turned down an aisle. It actually did look pretty natural, so it might not have been from fear.

    I gathered up the stuff I was there for and went and stood in the checkout line. While I was making my purchase he came shuffling up front looking over the shelves. So I stared hard at him, making it real clear just what I was doing. Following him by turning my head, as opposed to just the eyes, and scowling the whole time. A couple of times I had to turn back to the cashier to finish the purchase. But then eagle-eye right back at the doofus.

    He did not look me in the eye the whole time. Perhaps he was beginning to realize that he'd gone too far. But I'll bet the lesson will soon be forgotten because, in reality, he had the better end of the deal. He'd abused me and gotten not much punishment for it. I was just a bit too slow in the uptake.

    But I've learned my lesson. (That's the major point of this post, by the way. I know how I'm going to handle it next time and I'm offering it as a suggestion for anyone else who finds themselves in the same spot)

    The next jerkwad who thinks he can insult me because he doesn't like bicycles is going to get one, and only one smart alek question or comment.

    Now, I can be tough when I need to and I've surprised a couple of bullies in my lifetime. But I'll still never throw the first punch, I don't think. I'm just not that mean or aggressive.

    But the moment I realize that I'm dealing with a ****, then I'm going into my low, loud baritone yell. I'll be right in his face screaming something like, "This bike is none of your darn business! You've got better things to worry about, like the loose screws in your ugly head! Go see a doctor, you nosey old, fool!"

    I'm kinda lucky in that I have a good voice that can be like a mild sonic boom if I want. (I'm a rock and roll screamer in the vein of Roger Daltrey and his types. But I'll fill you in on a secret; really almost anyone can do it. You just gotta get over your fear of looking like a fool.)

    Anyway, the real message of this tantrum will be, 'either put up or shut up! We're not wasting time with words!

    Even the stupidest bully understands that language.

  2. grinningremlin

    grinningremlin Active Member

    Now you sound like one of the intelligent, so know there are some that even a good throttling can't help.He sounds jealous, nobody told that moron he has to drive a car or buy insurance for that matter.The best thing you can do with those types is make good eye contact, give a little smile, and say nothing; then of course if he gets too close, one warning then off with his face.Just think of how fun his life is if he gets off on confrontation with strangers, you're smiling down the road and he's bickering with the poor ol' lady.
  3. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    There are plenty of people out there that have no life. Don't let them drag you down.
  4. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    You're right, guys. There's nothing really to be done about idiots and there's no point stewing about it. It's only been about 24 hours and there's still a bit of anger in me over it. Probably in another day it'll be spent.

    But I'm also angry at myself for reacting so slowly. I just didn't seem to catch up.

    And the next guy is going to pay for this one's sins and for my fumbling the ball.

    But it's likely to take years. Creeps like this really aren't all that common. Or at least they've got enough sense not to reveal themselves.

    But now I've got a plan. And I'll feel a bit better carrying it around with me.
  5. tom-fishing

    tom-fishing Member

    Sooner or later we all run into idiots, when they talk trash about my choices I just look them straight in the eye and ask "Why are you jealous?"
    Forty years of steel work and farming has it's rewards.:nono:
  6. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    I would have said:

    "excuse me sir, but it's obvious to me that the simple fact you're breathing is depriving someone of precious oxygen; you should be more mindful of your actions".
  7. Ludwig II

    Ludwig II Member

    Or tell them it's legal, paid for and cheap and their opinion is irrelevant.
  8. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    I like this one.
  9. grinningremlin

    grinningremlin Active Member

    I second the approval of Ludwig's comment, if it were said in a quiet stern voice it would be kinda scary, that's what I try to do with the nothing response, makes them use their imagination as to what my next move is, if they have no imagination they are instantly scared/on the defensive, like walking into a pitch black room.
  10. Ludwig II

    Ludwig II Member

    Don't bother trying scary, one day you'll meet someone who really is scary. Just smile and walk away. No confrontation, and you're pointing in the ideal direction to escape if they want to take it further.
  11. Lunardog

    Lunardog Member

    Wheres the license plate? Not required sir, saved $25.00

    What about insurance ? Not required sir, saved $100.00

    What about hitting Grandma? Well sir if she's lived to be old enough to be a Grandma I assume she learned not to step out in moving traffic a long time ago.

    But since you seem to be curious let me tell you about sub $1000 price and 100+ miles per gallon. Have a great day.
  12. Richard H.

    Richard H. Member

    Sorry man I just gotta chuckle, there are incidents worth getting hot over but that just ain't one of them.
  13. jaguar

    jaguar Well-Known Member

    I think the ideal reply would be with a stern look, a deep I-take-no-****-from-anyone voice, and a smart answer such as
    "heyl, I ride faster on my regular 10 speed"
    "this thing isn't any faster than my regular 10 speed and I never ride on the sidewalk like I do with my 10 speed" (nor do I ride wheelies with it)
    "I'm 100% legal and so if you don't like the law then go talk to your congressman"
    "If I hurt anyone I will pay out of my own pocket. I don't ride this because I'm poor"
    "I'm very careful on this, a lot more careful than you are with your big mouth"
  14. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    You could always say you are a senators son :grin5:
  15. I got hit up by some punk trying to talk smack too. Not that I needed to but I showed him my license plate, registration, and m1 license. then I told him to eat my a$$ and get fu ck ed. havent had a problem since......hahahah
  16. MotorBicycleRacing

    MotorBicycleRacing Well-Known Member

    Was the punk wearing a cops uniform? :D
  17. ryansclzo

    ryansclzo Member

    I would be afraid they would touch my bike... but the best way to deal with it is to just walk away, they will be so ****ed when your passive agressive lol
  18. Stoltzee

    Stoltzee Member

    I'd just say yes I have insurance, Have a nice day, and keep walking about my business, and if he comments again I ignore them like I didn't hear them.
  19. Sgt. Howard

    Sgt. Howard Member

    I have NEVER had anybody do that over one of my bikes... the closest I can think of is one fellow was concerned that I might 'damage a rare antique'... my bikes look a bit '50s to '60s retro... THAT maggot simply was looking for trouble. What I find interesting is this- those who actively go LOOKING for trouble are SOOO ASTONISHED when they FIND IT!
    You cannot cure stupid... but you CAN muffle the sound with duct tape...
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  20. locksmith

    locksmith Member

    Today I got kicked out of a pool for idling the bike up to the entrance of the hotel to get a drink of water. They told me its dangerous, there are kids out there and whatnot. My knee **** reaction was 'who's this ****er think he is, I've ridden a bike longer than he's spoken English' but instead I put him on the defensive by asking him if anyone had complained... He wound up asking me all about it and asked me just to walk it out.

    Ppl just don't understand, but instead of getting mad just be a smart ass back haha.