Psycho Encounter

Well, today was a doozy. On our way home from the library, I decide to pick up a movie for the kids…one they’ve been asking to watch for a few weeks – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. I head to the Redbox a few minutes past our house, which happens to be at McDonalds. While putting my debit card away, I notice a coupon for a free strawberry lemonade that was to expire soon, so I decide to run through the drive thru…this is where it all begins to unravel. The kids are happy about the movie and are excitedly talking, laughing, etc. I put the truck in reverse, but there is a line for the drive thru that extends past me. I begin to wait for the line to move, when this seemingly nice lady waves me into the line in front of her. I smile, wave and move into the line. (Keep in mind there are about 3 other cars in front of me in the drive thru line.) This ‘lady’ then honks at me…not just honks…LAYS on the horn…for at least 20-30 seconds AT A TIME. The kids are laughing hysterically because this crazy lady is honking and flailing her arms at me. Others in the parking lot begin yelling at her to stop honking. She proceeds to roll her window down, and flip me off while SCREAMING the ‘F’ word at me and calling me very colorful names…that I can hear even though all my windows are up. The kids have stopped laughing and are asking what is wrong with this ‘lady’. I inch forward in line…I am now ready to order my free drink, which is now seeming totally not worth it. As I roll down my window, she begins screaming and cursing at the employee who is attempting to take my order. I quickly place my order, and pull forward. I am now trying to explain to my kids why this ‘lady’ was flipping out, and reassure them that it’s fine…no big deal. I grab my drink, thank the poor employee that is about to have to deal with the psycho behind me, and quickly head towards home. I thought I did an okay job of handling the situation. In hindsight, I could have totally avoided the situation, but I’m hoping that I was able to teach my kids a good lesson about how to react to other people’s overreactions. I mean, did I want to just sit there and ignore the crazy lady? No. Inside I wanted to scream back at her to shut her filthy mouth. But what kind of example would that have been for my kids? I believe that by ignoring her & keeping my cool that I handled a potentially bad situation to the best of my ability. What would you have done?

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