So I just almost got jumped by two guys today...

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    Feb 24, 2012 1:16 AM GMT
    Hi all. Not sure if this is the appropriate place to put this thread so I apologize if it is. I wanted to share a quick story with you.

    My wrist has been hurt recently but today was just such a nice day out! I decided to do a lot of jogging and then when it started getting late I decided to travel to my local amphitheater and do balance training on rails. The cool thing about living in a small town is there are really cool spots to train Parkour and nobody around to see you. The only problem is when things happen like today...

    So first of all here is the amphitheater and the rails I was balancing on. This wasn't today but this was the actual spot
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    Now here I am minding my own business when a car rolls up in the parking lot. I always get a bit nervous when I'm training solo in an area like this. If someone were to attack me they could just throw me in the river and be done with it. Anyway, I'm minding my own business when I hear "HEY FAGGOT!' To be fair, everyone in this town says that just to say "what's up." Nobody knows I'm gay so I don't take offense when people shout out. This time was different. It wasn't a friend it was a very aggressive man... no two MEN!

    I ignore it at first but I see them get closer. I now realize this was a truck that minutes ago was swerving all over the road and nearly hit me because he was on his cell. I shouldn't have opened my mouth but I said "LEARN TO DRIVE, MAN!" I think when I said that I pissed him off and he followed me to my spot.

    I see him get closer so I turn around and ask "What's your problem, dude?" These guys are both 2x bigger than me (not muscular, just kinda fat and tall) and my wrist hurts so there is no way I can fight and win. I start to get uneasy when one of them pulls out a switch blade.

    Naturally, adrenaline kicked in and I sprinted towards the woods as fast as I could go (leaping over a rail and hitting the ground rolling in the process). I made it towards the woods and stopped for a second hoping they gave up. Nope. Here they come running at me IN THE WOODS as fast at they can. I keep sprinting until I reach a public restaurant where I burst through the doors - barefoot and shirtless. I explained the situation and I was able to chill in the restaurant for a bit.

    I saw the car leave moments later but it was still the scariest moment of my life. I don't live in a violent area so people doing this is new to me. I've fought people 100lbs bigger than me before (Hey, what can I say? I'm a little badass and don't back down too much) but I knew it was wise to run this time. Word to everyone out there: if you're ever training alone make sure you know how to defend yourself or get away.
  • waccamatt

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    Feb 24, 2012 3:59 AM GMT
    You did the right thing by running. I live in the South and while I feel comfortable in cities, I don't feel comfortable in some small towns. Please keep your eyes open and make sure they don't live in your area. I also think you should report the incident to the police. Good luck.
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    Feb 24, 2012 4:06 AM GMT
    Good to know you made the right choice bro. My dumbass would probably end up dead or in jail.

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    Feb 24, 2012 4:12 AM GMT
    No, what you really need to do is learn to keep your mouth shut. Not to be offensive, but don't ever underestimate people and what they're willing/able to do, especially in this day and age. It's hard, but sometimes you've just go to learn to walk away from stuff (when he was swerving and almost hit you). You're very lucky he didn't have a gun and just drive up and gun you down.
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    Feb 24, 2012 4:33 AM GMT
    I'm happy nothing happened to you. BUT you need to control your temper. You don't know what someone else is capable of and it might not take much for them to want to kill you...
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    Feb 24, 2012 4:47 AM GMT
    EastCoastNAZ saidNo, what you really need to do is learn to keep your mouth shut. Not to be offensive, but don't ever underestimate people and what they're willing/able to do, especially in this day and age. It's hard, but sometimes you've just go to learn to walk away from stuff (when he was swerving and almost hit you). You're very lucky he didn't have a gun and just drive up and gun you down.


    I totally agree. Lose the battle, win the war by LIVING. That isn't to say that you deserved it but even the strongest guys who are armed get killed in bar fights and road rage incidents for exactly this type of situation. At least you lived to tell about it. I agree that you should consider reporting the incident to the police and you need to be very careful for the next few days.
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    Feb 24, 2012 5:05 AM GMT
    I totally agree: please go and report this to the appropriate authorities. Give them as good a description of the truck and the men as possible. Police are probably not going to be able to do anything about it right now, but these guys are probably not harassing just you - there is probably a whole history of people they wanted to hurt.

    If something horrible happens to someone else, your report will mark these losers as habitual thugs. That makes it so much less likely that a prosecutor or judge is going to be lenient, ultimately getting some serious scum out of circulation for a while.
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    Feb 24, 2012 5:12 AM GMT
    I agree. File a report. No guarantee they'll catch those dudes. But the report brings awareness and statistics to crime in the area. Can you imagine if this shit happens all the time and no one reported it? Then everyone will be under the false assumption that it's a safe area.

    Anyways, fuck those dudes. They'll piss off the wrong guy eventually and get what's coming to them.
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    Feb 24, 2012 5:20 AM GMT
    Your very fortunate nothing happened. Thank you for sharing this story with us.
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    Feb 24, 2012 5:21 AM GMT
    Glad you to see you got out of that situation fast.
  • ATLANTIS7

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    Feb 24, 2012 5:28 AM GMT
    Glad you survived America can be a dangerous place too many Rednecks!

    Also i fell and landed on my wrist now it is on the mend take care!
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    Feb 24, 2012 5:36 AM GMT
    Don't listen to the people to the people telling you to watch your mouth or your temper, your responses were appropriate. Can't go through life hoping not to upset assholes because they might turn out to be crazy assholes. Glad you are ok and good thing they were slow and fat. You should report it to the police though.
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    Feb 24, 2012 5:44 AM GMT
    Cakelion saidDon't listen to the people to the people telling you to watch your mouth or your temper, your responses were appropriate. Can't go through life hoping not to upset assholes because they might turn out to be crazy assholes. Glad you are ok and good thing they were slow and fat. You should report it to the police though.


    I agree with you to an extent. But if someone is going to talk back--especially being out numbered, you should also be prepared for the consequence and be ready to physically defend yourself.

    If I was his size with my hurt wrist up against 2 guys bigger than me unless i have something on me I'm not going to talk back being out numbered like that. Especially 2 bigger guys with one of them carrying a blade.
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    Feb 24, 2012 6:00 AM GMT
    I just knew you had to live in Appalachia or Alabama before I even opened your profile after reading the story. Not sure why.
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    Feb 24, 2012 6:27 AM GMT
    Cakelion saidDon't listen to the people to the people telling you to watch your mouth or your temper, your responses were appropriate. Can't go through life hoping not to upset assholes because they might turn out to be crazy assholes. Glad you are ok and good thing they were slow and fat. You should report it to the police though.


    So, you basically tell him to put gas on a flame, then say "good thing they were slow and fat". What would your advice be if they weren't slow and fat, and they did catch up to him, beat the shit out of him, and slit his throat? Because, that's exactly what would have happened if they caught him after his "appropriate response". It's called common sense when one should or shouldn't open his/her mouth.
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    Feb 24, 2012 6:44 AM GMT
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    Cakelion saidDon't listen to the people to the people telling you to watch your mouth or your temper, your responses were appropriate. Can't go through life hoping not to upset assholes because they might turn out to be crazy assholes. Glad you are ok and good thing they were slow and fat. You should report it to the police though.


    So, you basically tell him to put gas on a flame, then say "good thing they were slow and fat". What would your advice be if they weren't slow and fat, and they did catch up to him, beat the shit out of him, and slit his throat? Because, that's exactly what would have happened if they caught him after his "appropriate response". It's called common sense when one should or shouldn't open his/her mouth.


    I yell at people all day, mainly because they yell at me first. If you want to go through life letting small-minded people trample over your right to have a pleasant day or life then fine. Don't tell other people to be pussies too. I put a guy's truck into a telephone pole one time because he decided to fuck with me on the way home from school (i used to drive a Ranger). He never fucked with me again. Stand up for yourself every once in a while. Even if others don't respect you for doing it, you'll respect yourself and that's a HELL of a lot more important.

    That being said, he correctly evaluated his options and took the appropriate action.
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    Feb 24, 2012 6:55 AM GMT


    This is why I carry a firearm on me at all times. How hard is it to get a concealed carry permit in Alabama?

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    Feb 24, 2012 7:02 AM GMT
    I didn't suggest that he fight them I simply said his response was appropriate. They cut him off while talking on the phone, he yelled something. I don't see anything wrong with that. They came up and yelled "hey faggot" so he says "what's your problem dude". I don't see anything wrong with that nor do it see it as an unchecked temper like some people are suggestion he control. Those seem like perfectly fine responses. Those guys followed him and carry around a switchblade, I doubt their plan (whatever it was) didn't change much from the moment they pulled in the parking lot to the moment he said "whats your problem dude". When the OP realized what was going on and that he didn't feel like he could defend himself he took off. Seems well handled by the OP if you ask me.

    Sorry I just don't believe in backing down at any sign of confrontation, only makes the bad guys stronger. But its ok if you want to keep your mouth shut, the sheep will be sheep and the sheep dogs will continue to try and protect you from the wolves.
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    Feb 24, 2012 7:13 AM GMT
    I am so glad I don't live in America.

    You see kids doing what you do here too, no one really gives them any shit about it and I doubt they would ever get called gay for doing Parkour LOL.
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    Feb 24, 2012 7:27 AM GMT
    About the time you were born I got in a fist fight on a crowded subway car one night. I'm smaller than you and the guy I fought with was a lot bigger. (He started it with a sucker punch after we exchanged some words about him bothering me). Since he punched me I indignantly slugged him back and after a few more punches thrown on both sides we fell down and several guys quickly jumped on us to hold him down (with me under him).

    After the cops arrested him they privately told me that I should have bit my tongue and walked away. They explained that some nut cases simply carry weapons and so things can go seriously off the rails quickly, especially if one of the people is impaired. They really urged me to try to keep my cool in future and report problems to them becuase the risk of serious harm is just not worth it.

    I was kind of annoyed for a while but came to realize they were right. If you haven't reported it you should. The guys who hassled you will keep doing it to you or someone else if they don't get stopped, and someone will inevitably get hurt bad, even if it's them.

    Be careful, because they might feel emboldened to show up at your parkour training spot again just looking for kicks (no pun intended).
  • Era69er

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    Feb 24, 2012 8:06 AM GMT
    icon_eek.gif Thank god. very happy that you are safe though.
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    Feb 24, 2012 8:10 AM GMT
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    EastCoastNAZ said
    Cakelion saidDon't listen to the people to the people telling you to watch your mouth or your temper, your responses were appropriate. Can't go through life hoping not to upset assholes because they might turn out to be crazy assholes. Glad you are ok and good thing they were slow and fat. You should report it to the police though.


    So, you basically tell him to put gas on a flame, then say "good thing they were slow and fat". What would your advice be if they weren't slow and fat, and they did catch up to him, beat the shit out of him, and slit his throat? Because, that's exactly what would have happened if they caught him after his "appropriate response". It's called common sense when one should or shouldn't open his/her mouth.


    I yell at people all day, mainly because they yell at me first. If you want to go through life letting small-minded people trample over your right to have a pleasant day or life then fine. Don't tell other people to be pussies too. I put a guy's truck into a telephone pole one time because he decided to fuck with me on the way home from school (i used to drive a Ranger). He never fucked with me again. Stand up for yourself every once in a while. Even if others don't respect you for doing it, you'll respect yourself and that's a HELL of a lot more important.

    That being said, he correctly evaluated his options and took the appropriate action.


    Please. There's a big difference in circumstances between what you described and what the OP described. Clearly, using cars as weapons is much different than being a relatively small individual, with an injured wrist, on foot, against two much larger guys in a truck. Apples to oranges.
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    Feb 24, 2012 8:12 AM GMT
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    Sorry I just don't believe in backing down at any sign of confrontation, only makes the bad guys stronger. But its ok if you want to keep your mouth shut, the sheep will be sheep and the sheep dogs will continue to try and protect you from the wolves.


    Again, one needs to know when to keep one's mouth shut and when it's ok to retailiate. Again, it's called common sense. It's not about being a sheep. I am far from a sheep. But I am smart enough to know when to play the sheep when I'm outnumbered and outsized by the wolves.
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    Feb 24, 2012 8:15 AM GMT
    Glad you made it to safety, not much else to say other than I hope that karma catches up to those two fools. icon_evil.gif
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    Feb 24, 2012 8:24 AM GMT
    blueandgold said

    This is why I carry a firearm on me at all times. How hard is it to get a concealed carry permit in Alabama?




    this.

    If those guys come back and want to do the 1 on 1 thing sure that's not an issue but if they try to tag team that's where carrying comes in handy.