Angry at Walmart Customers
by Terrie Sanders
(Bakers Mills, NY USA)
I was a customer in walmart one day and I was squatting down on my knees trying to get something off a low shelf. A man came around the corner and hit me hard enough with his cart to knock the purse right off my shoulder.
I then tumbled all the way to the floor as he moved on.
I was so mad I was seeing red! I could feel my hair standing up. I was trying to be courteous and stay out of the way and that was what I got for it!
My husband was with me and (he's just a little guy) and he saw my face when I found my feet. He said "Oh no, Terrie don't do it!" But I did. I had to I was so angry.
So I went around the corner to find that man who knocked me over. I came up behind him and tapped him on the shoulder.
When I realized how high up I had to reach (he had to be 6'6" no kidding) I had a fleeting second of "Oh no what am I doing?" Still, when he turned around, I said "Hey, do you know you just knocked me right over back there!?" and I was steaming.
And he said "Oh I did? I'm so sorry.", in a gentlemanly giant kind of way. I said "yes you did!" and he apologized again. So I said "okay, no problem". I just wanted the apology. Though how he missed me I'll never know.
The moral of the story for me was that it was much better for me to have gone after him because I would have been mad for days if I hadn't confronted him.
My husband didn't like my tactics and I almost gave him a heart attack but it was worth it hee hee. The danger here was that he could have been really hostile and hurt me or my husband when confronted.
Comments? Was there a healthier way to handle anger that I can't think of? I just started a course in anger management - maybe they will have something I can share here.