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So this guy in a car runs a stop sign and almost hits me yesterday afternoon. He honks at me for being in the was and i say you had the stop sign asshole. So he decides to get out of the car with a baseball bat. I unlock my chain from around my was and continue to get cursed out. how do you deal with these fucking crazy people.

 

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You might recall that there was a driver who pulled out a gun and shot a cyclist a few years ago over some traffic altercation. There are some crazy people out there, which is what keeps me from expressing myself as frankly as I would otherwise. "I love you" is probably the way to go.
I usually just smile and wave, But I have been known to pound on a fender or door if a cab gets too close

Erin said:
You might recall that there was a driver who pulled out a gun and shot a cyclist a few years ago over some traffic altercation. There are some crazy people out there, which is what keeps me from expressing myself as frankly as I would otherwise. "I love you" is probably the way to go.
Erin said:
You might recall that there was a driver who pulled out a gun and shot a cyclist a few years ago over some traffic altercation. There are some crazy people out there, which is what keeps me from expressing myself as frankly as I would otherwise. "I love you" is probably the way to go.

This may or may not be the incident you're talking about but last year a firefighter in SC pulled out a gun and shot a guy in the head because he was mad that the guy was endangering the guy's son's life by putting him in a bike trailer. Luckily, the guy's helmet stopped the bullet!

Thats just fucking sick, why do people think that just because we are on bikes means were not people. they think that there is no way were on are way to a good job or anything important because were on bikes, but if i ever heard a driver talking to a girl like that i would probably have to say something if not get somewhat physical. whatever people arent humane. Nice ink what shop do you go to.

caitlin eleanor field said:
I can't believe shit like this happens to people. It happens a lot with me that people just scream at you nonstop for several minutes and then drive away. If I were in Aaron's situation, I would have assumed they weren't going to stop and therefore pulled out my U-lock just to be ready in case I was right. But I totally agree with H3N3 that you should try to maintain your stance as the victim in the situation: in case there are any witnesses present, you don't want to appear as the aggressor. It sucks but that's what it comes down to.

Lately my biggest issue with drivers has been sexual harassment. I just don't understand why you think it's OK to pull up to a red light next to me, roll down your window and start going on about how you bet my pussy tastes so good and that I'm so little you'd fuckin tear me up. I am not kidding. That's a direct quote. It's humiliating. I want to cry when it happens, but all I can do is scream "fuck you, asshole!" and pedal away. I understand that I appear more vulnerable since I'm not in a car, but for the love of god, it's insane how vulgar some people are. I can't believe how candidly they do it. ugh.
That is fucking ridiculous.

caitlin eleanor field said:
I can't believe shit like this happens to people. It happens a lot with me that people just scream at you nonstop for several minutes and then drive away. If I were in Aaron's situation, I would have assumed they weren't going to stop and therefore pulled out my U-lock just to be ready in case I was right. But I totally agree with H3N3 that you should try to maintain your stance as the victim in the situation: in case there are any witnesses present, you don't want to appear as the aggressor. It sucks but that's what it comes down to.

Lately my biggest issue with drivers has been sexual harassment. I just don't understand why you think it's OK to pull up to a red light next to me, roll down your window and start going on about how you bet my pussy tastes so good and that I'm so little you'd fuckin tear me up. I am not kidding. That's a direct quote. It's humiliating. I want to cry when it happens, but all I can do is scream "fuck you, asshole!" and pedal away. I understand that I appear more vulnerable since I'm not in a car, but for the love of god, it's insane how vulgar some people are. I can't believe how candidly they do it. ugh.
We need those long-awaited on-board recorders on every cyclist, and we need to find that mole who can run plates for us on the dl.
I used to track them down at their parking spot and undoo the air valves on thier tires. Lately, I just remind myself that these peices of trash will live a much shorter life than me and pedal on.
I think the correct response to that is, (in a calm manner) "Excuse me. What was that, pencil dick?" Then be on your way.

caitlin eleanor field said:
Lately my biggest issue with drivers has been sexual harassment. I just don't understand why you think it's OK to pull up to a red light next to me, roll down your window and start going on about how you bet my pussy tastes so good and that I'm so little you'd fuckin tear me up. I am not kidding. That's a direct quote. It's humiliating. I want to cry when it happens, but all I can do is scream "fuck you, asshole!" and pedal away. I understand that I appear more vulnerable since I'm not in a car, but for the love of god, it's insane how vulgar some people are. I can't believe how candidly they do it. ugh.
I'm not sure they think it's okay. I think when a man says something like that to a woman, it's actually out of hostility. It's a way to intimidate her. I would want to cry, too, if somebody said something that crude and hateful to me. And I sure as hell would be pissed. But instead of yelling at him (which, to him, is evidence that he upset you--something he probably enjoys), you might try "You're sick; get help." Easier said than done, I know. :-(


caitlin eleanor field said:
It's repulsive, I really can't fathom why anyone would think it's OK, and yet it happens with relative frequency.

I go to Manos at Speakeasy on North Ave in Wicker Park.

Aaron Mooney said:
Thats just fucking sick, why do people think that just because we are on bikes means were not people. they think that there is no way were on are way to a good job or anything important because were on bikes, but if i ever heard a driver talking to a girl like that i would probably have to say something if not get somewhat physical. whatever people arent humane. Nice ink what shop do you go to.

caitlin eleanor field said:
I can't believe shit like this happens to people. It happens a lot with me that people just scream at you nonstop for several minutes and then drive away. If I were in Aaron's situation, I would have assumed they weren't going to stop and therefore pulled out my U-lock just to be ready in case I was right. But I totally agree with H3N3 that you should try to maintain your stance as the victim in the situation: in case there are any witnesses present, you don't want to appear as the aggressor. It sucks but that's what it comes down to.

Lately my biggest issue with drivers has been sexual harassment. I just don't understand why you think it's OK to pull up to a red light next to me, roll down your window and start going on about how you bet my pussy tastes so good and that I'm so little you'd fuckin tear me up. I am not kidding. That's a direct quote. It's humiliating. I want to cry when it happens, but all I can do is scream "fuck you, asshole!" and pedal away. I understand that I appear more vulnerable since I'm not in a car, but for the love of god, it's insane how vulgar some people are. I can't believe how candidly they do it. ugh.
I have dealt with crazy people in several ways. People with weapons give a wide berth, if the person should have a gun, get out of the area and get to the nearest cop shop or an area that you know that cops hang out in. If the idiot is so enraged that he follows you not knowing this he is in for a surprise. I had a situation like this with a drunk and his friends in a truck. He followed me throwing bottles at me with his friends. They called me all sorts of names, trying to get me to stop and get a response out of me. I went to the local PDQ quickie mart with them following me around 3 a.m. Little did they know 3rd shift cops hang out here all the time. They got out of the truck and started to pull the same shit. The cops did not like being bothered on break. They started fighting with the cops. All together not a bright idea. The police arrested all 6 pieces of shit. They were all out of state college kids. As for a baseball bat, he gets close to you, pepper spray to the face, call cops and leave area, get to secure location with lots of people. That dummy will not being doing anything for the next 30-50 minutes after being sprayed with O.C. except gasping for air when the cops pick him up. I have been sprayed with the stuff for security training, bad shit.
Another option is acting crazy yourself-talk in tongues, ranting in the air, talk to the ground, start chanting at the top of your lungs, screaming loudly, growling, howling tell him you would like to drink beer out of his skull after you eat out his eye balls and tongue. You can start shaking violently, widen your eyes also glaring at him, show him your teeth, vomit toward the creep, act like you are total insane. The more twisted and sick you can be the faster he will leave, no one likes dealing with crazy people. This has worked for me on several run ins with people that would want to do me harm. They either forget what made them mad or are so preturbed by your behavior that they take off with out looking back.
As for the crap with being sexually harassed, I have a few solutions for this. 1. Make yourself appear as ugly and unattractive as possible. Wear clothes that are beat to hell, or out of style, dress like a dude as opposed to a good looking women disguising your gender. This goes against the grain of styling when riding as guys and gals do. If you look more like a guy I doubt if the punks will make those remarks to you. When the pricks do look you over check out the license plate and what car they are in for future reference. If they pull the normal shit on you when you dress as a female you have them by their balls when you give the police the information. Make sure you get a female officer to handle this. 2. Carry a bar of soap with you, give it to them to so they can wash out their filthy mouths. 3. Mike up and hidden camera sting-Dress like you normaly do and wear your camera and audio mike. Get the c*cks*ckers on tape pulling this shit. Get about a month or two of this type of bullshit behavior. Give it to someone at channel 5 or 7 maybe the Suntimes or the Trib too after the cops get involved. These make a great human interest piece. The more people know this is kind of crap is not tolerated the better. Could also be given as a film project to some college kids that want to get know. 4. Let it go, ignore the situation-Karma comes back to bite you in the ass. These jerks will pull some shit on the wrong person and have to deal with street justice. Jim
I believe liquid soap would be much more convenient to use to assist drivers in washing their mouths out.
You could buy the large refill containers and fill a water bottle . . .
good ideas Jim; but folks need to remember that not everything will work for all of us nor do some
folks want to try some of these : and that is fine.

This is terrible; but I take out my huge knife and open it up and hold it in my mouth and wrap my U-Lock around my wrist and start glaring (and growling) at them as I circle the car (always keep a safe distance). only totally crazy idiots would want to approach this. and if they do, I get the hell away asap.

DB

caitlin eleanor field said:
I am totally carrying a bar of soap with me from now on! So clever. They probably wouldn't know how to react to that at all. heh

Jim "Niterider" said:
I have dealt with crazy people in several ways. People with weapons give a wide berth, if the person should have a gun, get out of the area and get to the nearest cop shop or an area that you know that cops hang out in. If the idiot is so enraged that he follows you not knowing this he is in for a surprise. I had a situation like this with a drunk and his friends in a truck. He followed me throwing bottles at me with his friends. They called me all sorts of names, trying to get me to stop and get a response out of me. I went to the local PDQ quickie mart with them following me around 3 a.m. Little did they know 3rd shift cops hang out here all the time. They got out of the truck and started to pull the same shit. The cops did not like being bothered on break. They started fighting with the cops. All together not a bright idea. The police arrested all 6 pieces of shit. They were all out of state college kids. As for a baseball bat, he gets close to you, pepper spray to the face, call cops and leave area, get to secure location with lots of people. That dummy will not being doing anything for the next 30-50 minutes after being sprayed with O.C. except gasping for air when the cops pick him up. I have been sprayed with the stuff for security training, bad shit.
Another option is acting crazy yourself-talk in tongues, ranting in the air, talk to the ground, start chanting at the top of your lungs, screaming loudly, growling, howling tell him you would like to drink beer out of his skull after you eat out his eye balls and tongue. You can start shaking violently, widen your eyes also glaring at him, show him your teeth, vomit toward the creep, act like you are total insane. The more twisted and sick you can be the faster he will leave, no one likes dealing with crazy people. This has worked for me on several run ins with people that would want to do me harm. They either forget what made them mad or are so preturbed by your behavior that they take off with out looking back. As for the crap with being sexually harassed, I have a few solutions for this. 1. Make yourself appear as ugly and unattractive as possible. Wear clothes that are beat to hell, or out of style, dress like a dude as opposed to a good looking women disguising your gender. This goes against the grain of styling when riding as guys and gals do. If you look more like a guy I doubt if the punks will make those remarks to you. When the pricks do look you over check out the license plate and what car they are in for future reference. If they pull the normal shit on you when you dress as a female you have them by their balls when you give the police the information. Make sure you get a female officer to handle this. 2. Carry a bar of soap with you, give it to them to so they can wash out their filthy mouths. 3. Mike up and hidden camera sting-Dress like you normaly do and wear your camera and audio mike. Get the c*cks*ckers on tape pulling this shit. Get about a month or two of this type of bullshit behavior. Give it to someone at channel 5 or 7 maybe the Suntimes or the Trib too after the cops get involved. These make a great human interest piece. The more people know this is kind of crap is not tolerated the better. Could also be given as a film project to some college kids that want to get know. 4. Let it go, ignore the situation-Karma comes back to bite you in the ass. These jerks will pull some shit on the wrong person and have to deal with street justice. Jim

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