Bullying - Holding on to my Balls
☆҉‿ The quote below reminded me of a time I stood up to a Bully. There are times when people get attacked and people around are reluctant to get involved, for fear of being physically hurt etc. but sometimes – you just have to follow your heart.
The Long Wait
It was over a ago, I was in a queue at a London Train Station waiting to buy a ticket. Two Ticket Assistants were available. One was attending to a customer and the other was having a light hearted chat with a man she must have known. It was obvious because we could over-hear the conversation) He was chatting away to her, not buying a ticket. We (in the queue) were beginning to feel impatient. I and the lady infront of me exchanged glances and shook our heads – We could miss out trains!
The lady infront of me asked the man if he was going to buy a ticket and immediately, he got defensive. He started shouting at the young lady telling her, he was having a conversation. I recall him saying: “what is your business?” He then started to call her names, looking down on her, as if she was a little girl. He was about 5ft 10, in his 40s or 50s and strongly built. She was about 5ft, very petite – much younger than me, maybe mid 20s and I just couldn’t stand there watching this man insult her verbally.
So, I asked him calmly not to shout at her. I said there was no need for it.
Holding on to my Balls
He then turned on me. I didn’t back down and insisted he stopped shouting and stop the insults. My heart was beating so fast and I was feeling hot and shaky inside me – it was a very tense situation. Anything could have happened, but I stood my ground and tried to look calm on the outside. Fortunately, the other Ticket assistant became available and the young lady went over to buy her ticket. As she left, I told her to take it easy and not get upset about the situation, then I bought my ticket and went to catch my train....leaving him there, still rattling on.
I’ve never done anything like that before, Maybe, it’s because I teach young people and the “Mother Hen” in me came out. I hope the man thinks twice, when next he decides to pick on someone younger than him.
Have you ever been in a similar situation?