I had this really weird afternoon yesterday. I won't bore you with all the silly details except for this incident.
I had to take my father to the hospital for heart tests. He's been having a few chest pains, nothing really major but enough that they want to check it out. The traffic and parking around the hospital is a nightmare, made even worst by the earthquakes damaging a lot of roads, closing off big sections of the city etc.
With the main outpatients clinic at the hospital here you can drop people off pretty much literally right outside the front door. There is one lane "parking for 5 minutes" and another "clear lane" but in the "clear lane" people still stop and quickly drop others off, have people assist others to go into the hospital and that kind of thing - in other words people still stop their cars in it and disembark for 2 or 3 minutes and then the driver drives on. Usually everything is fine and everyone's helpful to each other and perfectly patient and polite.
So yesterday afternoon we're in this "drive through" lane outside the main doors and my father is getting about ready to get out and walk into the clinic, then I'm going to go and try and find parking somewhere. Ahead of me there are others disembarking and we're sitting patiently waiting for them to move off.
Ahead of us there are 3 cars, 2 with elderly people in them with others assisting them to get out wheelchairs and head into the hospital and there was a young mother with 4 little kids, including a baby, and her and what I assume was a friend were trying to get them all wrapped up, organized and into the hospital.
No problem. We can sit there patiently and wait. I don't care if they need 5 minutes.
Then however this car came in behind all of our cars and immediately they began blasting their horn continously. I am going, huh??? Remember this isn't an emergency entrance. They kept on sounding their horn and I can see the old people and the mother and the kids are getting flustered and upset because this person behind us all is sitting on the horn and also now yelling at everyone to get out of the effing way.
After about 30 more seconds of this I thought, right, that's it!
I got out of the car and went back to that car, jerked open his door and asked him (fairly angrily), "Why don't you get some fucking manners?"
That's when I had a brief "oh my god" moment myself because when I looked in the car I realised the occupants of the car were 4 GANG MEMBERS. It was only a split-second moment of fear though as I realised these 4 guys could probably kill me.
I thought, nah, fuck it, let them bring it. My mother always said it was my red hair.
The driver began yelling and swearing at me but I was kind of distracted from him because the other 3 were getting out of the car and I was wondering what they were going to do, if they would even attack me, so I was eyeballing them. Here's the funny thing - they wouldn't make eye contact with me. In fact they all looked ashamed and embarrassed, kept their heads down and scurried away into the hospital like rats deserting a sinking ship.
That just left me and the driver and he started backing off and mumbling, "My mate's got a sick baby in the hospital and we need to get through".
I said to him, "Well you and your mates could have got out and fucking WALKED into the hospital. Instead of that you're upsetting old people, people in wheelchairs and mothers with babies by acting like a complete ASS. You should be ashamed of yourself".
By that time a gap had opened up and he was still mumbling but he drove off and I could tell he couldn't WAIT to get away from me. He was running scared.
4 big burly gang members and I had them all running scared. ROFL.
My father said all the other people who were in the vicinity were grinning. He said he thought at any moment I was going to get a round of applause.
On the way home he said to me, "Boy, did THEY get more than they bargained for. I was so proud of you".
And the moral of the story is, sometimes you gotta fight when you're.....having a "crazy red-head" moment.