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55 "Brave or Stupid?" Adults can stand up to bullies too.

Updated on March 3, 2017
This is a dark sunset.
This is a dark sunset.

Don't show fear.


Brave or Stupid?

It was a Thursday evening Becky said she needed something from the store. Since we had plans to go out to dinner anyway we decided to just stop at the store on the way. I found a parking space close to the front of the store. Becky went inside turning to me and saying that she would be just a few minutes.

While I was waiting, listening to the radio, a large black SUV pulled up and parked in front of our car. A man exited the car from the driver’s door and walked around to open the door for the woman. I thought to myself, “Now there’s something you don’t see every day, a gentleman opening the door for the lady.” Then the woman stepped out of the car and when I could see her, again I thought to myself, “Now there’s something you don’t see every day.”

Both were dressed to the hilt. I watched them until they entered the store.

As I was waiting for Becky, some guy wearing a brown suede jacket came out of nowhere and approached my car. My window was down. He leaned over and said, with a very slight, but distinctive, Australian accent, “Did you enjoy the view?” Then without waiting for an answer he said, “My boss wanted me to give you this.” And he held out for me to see, a fancy silver pocket knife in a brown pouch that looked very much like his jacket.

I simply said calmly, “No thank you, I don’t accept gifts from strangers.”

He said, “You should take it more as a warning instead of a gift. You might need it for protection if he ever catches you looking at his woman like that again.”

I replied, “I don’t accept threats from anyone either, especially strangers. Besides, I was just watching them walk into the store.”

He said, “I watched how you watched her”. And he put heavy emphasis on how and her.

The next thing I knew there were three larger men standing behind this puny puke.

He said, “Here, take the gift, or should I say, warning.”

I simply said, “No thank you, I have my own.”

He replied, “I’ll remember that.”

“Make sure you do. It would be smart on your part”, was my response.

I think he was expecting me to show fear. I looked him in the eye and said to him, “Do you mind stepping aside? You’re blocking my view of a beautiful lady?”

He glared at me and asked, “Do you know you are really pushing your luck?”

I glared right back at him and said with a bit of a growl, “No, I’m not pushing anything. But I will be if you don’t get your ugly mug out of my way so I can see my beautiful woman.”

And about that time Becky came around the car and asked, “Is there something wrong?”

I replied with, “No, nothing wrong. These nice gentlemen were just asking directions and I told them where to go.” And with that Becky got in the car.

As we pulled out of our parking place, the well dressed man and woman were walking out of the store. I pulled up and stopped in front of him, window still down, and I said, “Good evening to you and your lovely lady.” When he asked if he knew me, I simply told him, “No, but you should keep your pets on their leashes.”

As I drove off Becky was giving me a funny look. We enjoyed a very nice dinner together, and of course I had to explain the whole thing to her over after dinner drinks.

Greg


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      marellen 5 years ago

      Gee Greg...what a man you are. You don't hear this happening everyday..most of us are so afraid to speak these days in fear that we will die or that something horrible will happen. Kudos to you.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Marellen, Thank you for the visit and the time for the comment. I haven't decided yet whether it is brave or stupid. But it feels good to feel it was gutsy. greg

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I think your brave for not accepting that pocket knife

      only a stupid would have.

      Enjoyed reading this story.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Hi Gre. It was both brave and stupid. But I can understand why you did it. I too will stand up for myself and not let anyone push me around, I won't just take any threats.

      Good for you

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      In California, you don't bring a knife to a gun fight.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Writer, Rosemay and MCK, I want to thank you all for the support and comments. I did feel brave and stupid. And for the record, I am in Colorado now, but when this happened I was in California. Greg

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      Ghost32 5 years ago

      Only in California.

      You know, Greg, you could easily take this, develop it through a series of the wildest California-based short stories ever produced, and come up with an entire book. Title would obviously be:

      The Warning Gift

      Voted up and Across. This is CLASSIC. Especially your awesome punch line:

      "These nice gentlemen were just asking directions and I told them where to go.”

      Doesn't sound either brave OR stupid to me. Just another day in the 'hood, business as usual.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Yep, brave AND stupid at the same time. But it's obvious bat guano wanted to be sure you were armed before he and the "backup trio" pounced. Also obvious *why* those four were "pets" and not squiring gorgeous companions of their own.

      Actually, though, it was probably your tenacity and air of authority that kept the punks from turning a battle of wits into a bloodbath. Many times, a quick mind is the best weapon we can carry. ;D

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Ghost, Thank you for the vote and across. I'm not big and have never been a fighter, but I was bullied in school. I refuse to let anyone bully me now. I'm a very easy going person but don't ever do anything to threaten me or my family, including Eva. I don't back down. If more people would be like this I feel that there would be fewer bullies. Greg

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Jama, Thank you for the visit and comment. I will always stand my ground. Greg

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Hi Gregas...you have certainly detailed the way to deal with bullies...don't. Or do...wait...let me reread. Don't. Excellent job...stupid or brave...I'm glad you and Eva were able to enjoy dinner afterwards. I am also glad I crossed your path. Voted Up and everything.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi TS, Thank you for following, and stopping by to comment and vote. I think I am more nervous about the whole thing now than I was at the time or even at dinner that evening. I wasn't going to write about it, but now that I have seen some of the comments, I am glad I did share the experience. Greg

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Greg

      Brave or stupid? Not for me to judge.

      I admire your courage and strength in standing up to those hooligans.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Sue, Thank you for the vote on the courage thing. Greg

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Good for you! You sure have courage. I agree you shouldn't let people push you around.

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Awesome! I don't know what to call it - brave or stupid -but when you stand up to bullies they usually don't know what to do. Glad everything turned out the way it did.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Ho Teach, Again thank you for the visit and comment. Yes, if you are lucky and they get confused they will back down. I have always felt I could read people pretty good. I play poker a lot and I can usually reada bluff and I kind of felt that with these jerks and called the bluff. Thank yoy, Greg

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      shanaya 5 years ago from Living in my Own Dreams:)

      Hello Sir Greg! Very well written story. Sorry I can't judge here. But You have the power & courage. Thanks for sharing.

      voted up, interesting.

      with Respect

      from SHANAYA:)

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Very brave of you. You really stood up to them. Voted up.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Vellur, Thank you for the vote of confidence and the vote up too. Greg

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Hello Greg - Since this is the first story that I am reading from you, can you tell me if this is a true story or fiction of the imagination? Blessings, Debby

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Debby, It's true. They just weren't as tough as I made them sound. Greg

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      GClark 5 years ago from United States

      Believe you have written a good opening for a novel. Enjoyed it and also have to applaud your courage and the low key way you responded without being pushed around. Imagine it won't be too long before those men try this on with someone wrapped a bit too tight who ends up "making their day." Remember California was the state some time ago where drivers were pulling guns out of their glove compartments to express their displeasure with someone's driving. GClark

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi G, Thank you for the visit and comment. Calif. is still that way. I was bullied a lot as a kid. After the Air Force I swore I would never be bullied again. Luckily I have always been able to talk my way through and I have never come across any hotheads. The funny thing was, I wasn't even a little bit nervous for this one. I don't know why. Again, thank you G. Greg

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      You got strong and confident. You weren't bluffing, maybe?

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Debby, I wasn't bluffing. I may have felt way over confident. Greg

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      giftsideas 5 years ago

      Great !

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Gifts, Thank you. Greg

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Interesting story. I voted up and awesome! Yes, you were brave, not stupid. I think that was the right thing to do. They were just bullies, all bark and no bite. Maybe next time they will think twice before bullying someone else. I am glad it worked out well. I look forward to reading more of your hubs. I wanted to thank you for following me, am following you back. I hope I don't dissapoint. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi SG, Thank you for the follow, visit, comment and vote. I just couldn't stand to be bullied in school, which I was because I was a scrawnt little thing. I refuse to let anyone bully me now. Again, thank you. Greg

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      Zach 5 years ago from Colorado

      Hey Greg, I hardly ever read stories on hubpages, but I'm glad I came across this. Brave or stupid, it really doesn't matter because it was the right thing to do. Don't ever back down, and never submit to fear. We can all take a great deal from this hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      Oddity 5 years ago

      Whaaaaaa! That's crazy, awesome and cool. Played that off really chill.

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      KDee411 5 years ago from Bay Area, California

      That,s quite a story. Mr. Greg you,ve got guts.. You handled that so cool! Glad you and Eve got out of there safely and enjoyed a nice dinner. Don't think I could have eaten.

      Kay

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      Brave, people need to be put in their places more often these days. Voted up and awesome!

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Express, thank you for the visit, coment and votes and the support. Greg

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      jponiato 5 years ago from Mid-Michigan

      I'm going with "brave." Nicely done, I might add.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi J, Thank you for the support and vote of confidence. Greg

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      purewater26 5 years ago

      Wow, I think you were very brave. Although I hope you were preparing something more than a knife while you were talking to him, lol.

      Apparently it's not only in my country when we could have a problem just because staring a person.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Purewater, Thank you. I wasn't even staring. But you couldn't help but look. I would have had to have been blind not to notice her. Greg

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      Gelbee 5 years ago

      A lot of courage to respond in the way you did to those goon's....I admire that a great deal. Not everyone would have reacted as calmly...Your must've have felt proud and protected....Loved the story. Thanks for sharing...

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Gelbee, Thank you for the vote of confidence. I was Stallone on the outside, but Don Knotts on the inside. The outside just refused to let the inside show. Greg

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      Felina Margetty 5 years ago from New York, New York

      I am with Jama Genie a bit of both. But it is a lovely story none the less. and it shows that people care and need to be respected no matter who they are. Respect is needed for us t5o all get along. Good for you I say. F.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Felina, Thank you. As I commented previously, I grew up being bullied and I refuse to be bullied ever again. Greg

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Bravo...while I might not 100% approve, you did the right thing. I am married to a man who would have done exactly what you did just for righteous sake. He was once threatened in NYC after helping a lady in distress .... some 'bully' was yelling at her and pushing her and he told the guy to stop. The guy pointed to a window across the street and said, "there's a gun on you right now and if I give the signal you'll be dead" my husband replied, "if you don't leave the lady alone, you'll be dead." Fortunately it ended right there. God bless you both ;)

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Greg Schweizer 4 years ago from Corona, California.

      Thank you Lady Tillson, I was bullied as a scrawney kid growing up. Once I was in the Air Force I decided I would never be bullied again and I will stick up for anyone I see being bullied. That is one of my biggest complaints about this world is that people don't/won't stand up for themselves or others. Thank you for your support and comment. Greg

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