Giving someone the finger... Freedom of SPEECH?!?

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    Mar 15, 2008 4:25 AM GMT
    Need to know before reading:
    We live less than a block from these people.
    My boyfriend drives a short sports car that is pretty styled out. It is also very short and low to the ground.
    The doors do not lock automatically.
    There was a girl driving the Jeep, white muscled male with ear-rings in the passenger seat.

    Yesterday my boyfriend and I were going back to class. Well we had trouble once getting into the car with getting the garage door down. We both got out of the car to try and figure out what could possibly have been wrong. Well we, after a few minutes, just got in the car and started driving around our "private," fenced in neighborhood.

    Once we rounded one of the corners and continued down the road at a mere 20-25 miles an hour, we notice a black Jeep (which had a university sticker on the back as well as a sorority sticker) backing out of a garage about two houses in front of us. About the time it saw us coming it slammed the gas to the floor and BOUNCED out of the driveway, my boyfriend had to immediately slam on the brakes jolting us to an abrupt stop. We continued behind the Jeep to the next stop sign. The Jeep and we pulled out onto the main highway.

    We had already had a bad morning from events before.

    Well the Jeep continued at about 35 mph in a 45, so we passed. The Jeep of course sped up so it would be harder for us to pass. Me, being pissed flipped the driver off(gave here the bird whatever). I know it is immature but everyone has their limits right? Anyway, we got to the stop light less 3 miles away and I thought the incident was over. OH, how wrong I was! The Jeep had stopped about two car lengths behind us. My boyfriend said the Jeep the floored it towards the rear-end of his car and started laying on the horn, slamming on the brakes at the last moment but avoiding hitting us.

    Within seconds later, my door(the passenger side of the car) slams open. I am pulled by the chest nearly out of the car by a 6ft guy that was nothing but muscle. If it hadn't been for my having the seat belt on, he probably would have completely pulled me out of the car. He started yelling at me saying something along the lines of "flip her off again." I think at one point I said I F***ing will! Anyways I got him off of me at one point, that or he just let go. He then reached across me and grabbed my boyfriend by the chest, ripping his shirt. I started yelling at him to let my boyfriend go. When he let go he grabbed me again. Finally he let go and slammed the door so hard he knocked off part of the inside of the door.

    The girl tried passing us but my bf blocked her in behind us. We got her tags after she was honking and carrying on, but she got away.

    I called the police and I was transfered the the campus police. When the responder got on the phone, a guy walked up saying he and numerous other people saw the whole thing happen(at the light.) Meanwhile on the phone with the responder, she starts yelling and I DO MEAN YELLING, at me and tells me to stop talking to other people. I wasn't even talking to the other person. My bf and the guy were trying to talk about everything that just happened. The responder pretty much laughs when I tell her what happened! I could not believe I was getting this response. I finally hung up when she told me there was a cop in the area. We would be very obviously needing help in the middle of an intersection. When the police came of course we move to a CHURCH parking lot where the witnesses were and filled a report. There were are total of 6 cop cars within minutes. Only 2 were from the city and the rest were from our university which we were feet away from. The first cop told me I was within my rights to pass the car and "show her the finger." The freedom of speech.

    Well thirty minutes later, we got to leave. We were never told what would happen. They filled the report and we can get a restraining order in a few days.

    I'm not really scared but more of pissed of what happened. I know a many of you think I am foolish for being immature and giving someone the "finger" but Hello, it is just a FINGER.

    I'm just happy we weren't in my car, I have protection in both of my cars, as well as when you put the car in gear the doors automatically lock, unlike my bf's car.

    I do carry protection because of the things that have happened to me in the past. I know how to take care of myself using the environment around me. But when someone is standing almost on top of me, what do you do?

    I am almost certain she is in a sorority and he is in a fraternity, oh and did I mention? They live less that a block away--on the next street!

    I'm not quite sure EXACTLY why I'm writing this, Do I want justification? Do I just want people to hear the story? do I really want people to tell me how stupid I am? or do I want your thoughts/opinions on what happened? I'm not sure.

    One thing is for sure, I will be ready if he shows up at my house or messes with my bf'
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    Mar 15, 2008 11:24 AM GMT
    Road rage...

    The girl does sound like a first class beatch, but considering what could've happened when it escalated (and what usually happens when these kind of stuff occurs - road accidents). It's usually better off to just take the high road. Sooner or later, people like them kill themselves off anyway. icon_confused.gif
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    Mar 15, 2008 3:04 PM GMT
    The guy assaulted you and your bf. Press charges, do not let them off the hook, don't let the cops off the hook. It's now time to give them the super gigantic humungous finger, it's called court.
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    Mar 15, 2008 3:30 PM GMT
    I'm with McGay on this one...and once he entered your car to assault you, I'm assuming you had the right to do anything to defend yourself...
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    Mar 15, 2008 3:37 PM GMT
    McGay is right. Press charges.
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    Mar 15, 2008 4:46 PM GMT
    What's this short sports car?

    I would say hunt down their jeep
    - Unscrew each tire air cap
    - Insert car key and deflate to desired level
    - Repeat for all wheels
    - Leave them a typed note reminding them jeeps are POS's (especially if it's a Liberty /Compass**Caliber** /Wrangler)

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    Mar 15, 2008 4:51 PM GMT
    It actually was a Jeep Liberty.

    Our car is an Eclipse, really decked out.

    By the way is this gay related? What would you consider?

    I hear a lot of people say that the Eclipse is a "FAGOT" car?
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 15, 2008 4:59 PM GMT
    Well let me say that I'm sorry about the experience, what a horrible thing to have happen.

    I probably wouldn't have flipped the bird, but have given a nasty look, but that notwithstanding, the idea you were attacked is outragious. I agree with the others, take em to court and make em pay.

    By the way, many people flip people off when they get mad. My Dad used to do that when he really got enraged and Dad was a legal director for a large corporation...Dad was grounded, very sane, professional.. but as he has always put it.. "It conveys, doesn't it"....LOL

    And don't be scared!!!
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    Mar 15, 2008 6:08 PM GMT
    The Eclipse is NOT a faggot car. It's one hot car IMO.

    Unless it looks like this: LOL @ Wannabe Supra's icon_cool.gif


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    Mar 15, 2008 6:18 PM GMT
    LOL that's a hell of a trip!

    I'd recommend letting the charges go, and keeping your finger to yourself icon_wink.gif

    I'm not saying you guys should roll over and "just forget about it", but it's a hell of a lot less to deal with, and you'll keep yourself out of trouble in the future.
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    Mar 15, 2008 7:10 PM GMT
    The funny thing is, I actually felt sorry for flipping her off and getting mad over nothing! It just seems like no one in the world actually "knows" how to drive, and with courtesy at that!.

    The next day, Friday morning, bf was out walking, and saw the same Jeep--same driver, She pulled out right in front of a truck, making him nose dive to stop to keep from hitting her! He slammed on his horn as well.

    I guess now I have an even bigger stereotype for sorority and fraternities. Why do these crazy things happen.

    As for flipping someone the bird, it won't happen again, no just for the fact of the situation, but because I need to learn to calm my nerves. Instead of thinking about what I say first, I should think about my actions first.
  • Squarejaw

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    Mar 15, 2008 8:05 PM GMT
    I've flipped people off in traffic, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's illegal in some jurisdictions, first amendment rights notwithstanding.

    Obscene speech isn't always protected -- especially obscene speech that could provoke violence in traffic and endanger others. You should find out before you take legal action.
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    Mar 15, 2008 8:07 PM GMT
    Wow, what a story, and scary because it could happen to anyone and could get worse very quickly. I mean you're in America, you've got the right to bear arms, you might have been shot!

    I'm fully on the press charges bandwagon. Ring the police and find out if they are pressing charges and then go from there.