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Okay, well, I deserved that...

I'll chalk this bit of decision-making to groupthink, being in a pack or whatever, or just one of my occasional acts of stupidity. It's been an insanely stressful week, and I acted up a bit. So, totally out of character, in a mostly empty parking lot, I took someone's "support our troops" magnet and moved it to a different car.

It's hard not to dislike those magnets. I've known soldiers, I *do* support our troops conceptually, they're good people, but too often "support our troops" is "support our war and our president." No excuse, it was a bit childish, but Whines and the other furs I was with didn't stop me, and most of them laughed. Yay, groupthink.

So, we finish crossing the parking lot--I'm wearing my nightwatch camo kilt, one of the other furs is wearing a big silly tail, and we're going into "Circuit City." Someone pulls up behind us and says "Hey, you!"

Well, I've managed to completely piss someone off with my little act of trivial vandalism. This guy follows me into the store, repeatedly calls me a pussy in a dress, demands over and over again that I be a man and go fix what I did. I was getting the vague sense that this guy would cheerfully beat me up if I got cocky. I stay as cool as possible, repeating in my "dealing with sales reps and angry bosses" voice that I was sorry, I would certainly fix what I did, but that I was in the electronics store at the moment, and would be leaving in a few minutes, thank you. He finally gets disgusted and walks out to fix what I did himself, and more power to him. After the store employees start to come over.

It was more than a bit scary, as scenes go--and of course, I was totally wrong, I really don't know what I was thinking. It felt SO much like high school--both for the stupid chest-puffing on his part, and the slightly impish and passive-aggressive stupidity on mine. I handled it well, except for the little part about minor vandalism.

Anyway, dumb me. It's not like I do that sort of thing more than once a year or so, though it's hard to justify it when I do. And I can't really *learn* from that sort of mistake, because I'll never do precisely that again. But there's no way to say that gracefully ("Dude, I've been working on a catalog and nine-hour, skip-lunch workdays all week. I blew a neuron, go away." would have been quite honest...)

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kt_kat
Jun. 23rd, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
Oh boy, so silly people are. Its ok, Jeff and I have been sorely tempted to do similar things, like switch out the Ford and Chevy logos on the "pissing calvin" stickers.

But yeah, that doesn't seem like a "you" thing to do. Figures the only time you do it you get bugged. :P That's the luck of the nerd. Its sad that people really don't climb out of thir highschool roles and get totally worked up over stupid things.

And at least you simply stuck it on another car and didn't do the REALLY immature thing and deface, hide, or steal it. The fact that he got so worked up is amusing in itself.

spottylogic
Jun. 24th, 2005 05:40 am (UTC)
It was an interesting encounter. But it took a few hours to come out of "fight-or-flight" mode.
artfulreggie
Jun. 23rd, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
Oy. At least he didn't shove you into any trash cans.

At least in high school the clique would've stood up for you. ;)
spottylogic
Jun. 23rd, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
Well, they did, really, in a nonconfrontational way. Whines sicc'ed the employee on the guy, which was probably the safest way to handle the situation. *sigh* Silly, though! Remember, kids, it's not safe to remove the right's stickers outside of Austin...
sdocat
Jun. 24th, 2005 07:12 am (UTC)
Holy crap man. It's not like you placed a sticker on the other car that said 'I eat babies' or even ' I'm a republican'. How could someone get so angry over 'support our troops'? Come onnnn. And wait, was it not even this assholes car? Man, ask him for his 'I support terrorists' card already.
spottylogic
Jun. 24th, 2005 10:18 am (UTC)
No, he was hacked off for my *taking* the "support" magnet, not for depositing one.,.
sdocat
Jun. 24th, 2005 04:03 pm (UTC)
oh.. well.. if he saw you could he not have just taken it back off the other car? heh.. I'm sure there were at least 20 others in any given parking lot he could have taken. :p
synj_munki
Jun. 24th, 2005 09:57 am (UTC)
damn.

that guy was an ass!

it's not like it was any sort of permanent marking, it's a friggin' magnet-- if they really supported the troupes, instead of buying that little magnet they would have spent the $2 on a care-package or something... there's only a handful of manufacturers of those magnets that donate a portion to troop-y stuff... most just get profit.
my mom has _one_ that she puts in the window of her van, and she bought it from ppl that were sending care packages to troops.

(i get irked by these things-- one of my brothers is in the army reserves, has already served one tour, and is probably going to be shipped out again within the next year. it's really annoying that the people with the most right-winged attitudes seldom even know someone on the lines, let alone have a good friend or relative on the ground.. grrr)

I think what you did is funny, kinda along the lines of kidnapping garden gnomes-- it's slightly clever and doesn't actually *destroy* anything. you should of told that guy off, but-- then again-- i'm a fairly butch and aggressive person.. much more than most of my friends and aquaintances. It's probably ppl like him that pry off darwin fish and such (i know a couple ppl that have had non-christian stickers and plastic thingies pried and scraped off their cars!).

just remember, it takes a real man to go unbifurcated.
spottylogic
Jun. 24th, 2005 10:17 am (UTC)
Hee hee...well, it's a lot easier for me to speak in soothingly and frustratingly bland tones than to get confrontational. I don't back down so much, but I don't want to escalate, either, which chest-puffing frequently does.

I think it was kind of funny too, but (usually) beneath me...
khime
Jun. 24th, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC)
I don't adorn my car with much, but I know I'd have been upset had I been the victim of this sort of theft. And seeing the same item on my neighbor's car (assuming they hadn't driven off before I came out) would not be a light bulb to me - for all I know, someone just outright stole my magnet, and me "reclaiming" the one on the car next to mine could be me perpetuating the cycle of thievery. So I'd be out my car thingie, and some faceless vandal would have gotten their jollies at my expense. So sad.
spottylogic
Jun. 24th, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, well, it was childish of me, and quite out of character. And I think the universe has amply swatted my hand.
poppinjaye
Jun. 27th, 2005 10:31 am (UTC)
EVERY time I put a Scotland or Ireland sticker on my car, it gets stolen. Every. Time. No other stickers have been touched.
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