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oh great
First day out of the house since last Friday, and some asshole sprayed vinegar into my face when I was walking down the road. And my brain wasn't working well enough to get the car's registration number or anything useful like that.

I was walking up the main road from work to the bus stop, passed under an overhanging tree, and suddenly there was all this fluid in my face. I started to wipe it off, thinking it was from the tree (you know how, when it rains, trees can store up quite a lot of water to be unceremoniously dumped on you later?). Looked round at the car that was passing, wondering how it had managed to splash water from the road up into my face. I carried on walking and wiping my face - then I realised it was vinegar from the smell.

I'm just angry that I fought the initial impulse to memorise & write down the car's registration number because I thought it was an accident. Had I written down the number and it was an accident, I could have just thrown the piece of paper away - but as it is, I'm missing the one useful piece of information I could pass onto the police. And the vinegar solution was strong enough that by the time I got home (about 15 minutes later) my face was actually stinging. Vinegar is an acid - admittedly, not very strong - but if someone's driving around squirting vinegar into strangers' faces, who knows if they'll graduate to something more actively noxious?


Current Mood: pissed off pissed off

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hiddenpaw From: hiddenpaw Date: 26th February 2007 22:26 (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like there are alot of pettie arseholes about at the momment.
barakta From: barakta Date: 26th February 2007 22:46 (UTC) (Link)
Meep. It might be worth reporting what you do have to the police for monitoring purposes as they may do it to someone else and get the registration plate then. It gives the police data on repeated crimes.

baratron From: baratron Date: 27th February 2007 02:12 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah - I called the police when I got home. I realised that there was no way it wasn't premeditated - who goes out with a squeezy bottle full of vinegar? And they managed to squirt it almost perfectly in my eyes - none of it hit my clothing. And I had to wonder whether they were, perhaps, looking for older people - most people who walk with sticks are elderly.

I just feel very stupid that I managed to rationalise away my reasonable response of "get the bastards' registration number". I'm sure if I wasn't ill I'd have reacted more sensibly.
barakta From: barakta Date: 27th February 2007 03:34 (UTC) (Link)
Erk, in the eyes! I forgot that you walked with a stick, sadly these days making you a 'target' to scum like that.
ruth_lawrence From: ruth_lawrence Date: 26th February 2007 23:24 (UTC) (Link)
It may only have been vinegar, but it was an assault.

I agree with barakta.

What pigs.
From: artremis Date: 28th February 2007 12:54 (UTC) (Link)
more hugs.
And don't beat yourself up about not getting the registaretion because shock and denial/not feeling it's real/but getting your head around what's hapened is very normal aftre being attacked
Were the police helpful/fluffy?
From: x_mass Date: 6th March 2007 06:12 (UTC) (Link)
god people are just scum - sometimes
ailbhe From: ailbhe Date: 14th March 2007 11:25 (UTC) (Link)
I've never seen this before, and looking at the date I can see why. Yeurch. How *creepy*.
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