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Peril in the Park

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Peril in the Park

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Postby XFool » March 16th, 2024, 5:39 pm

Just been attacked in the park...

Having a nice rest on a bench after my late afternoon 'constitutional', playing Snake on my trusty Nokia 1100! (Such are the simple pleasures of we techno-retards) Not paying the slightest attention to anything around me.

Suddenly, out of the blue, a male launches himself at me: my first notion is effectively "Is this someone I know playing a prank?" My second notion is "No it isn't". I strike out with my leg and arm, pushing him away abruptly "Go away!".

Turns out he is not entirely well and one of the people with him apologises. No harm done. Least it wasn't a dog this time...

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Re: Peril in the Park

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Postby ukmtk » March 17th, 2024, 7:32 pm

Hopefully you're OK?

It seems a bit sad that almost anybody could be attacked for no apparent reason.
Especially if drugs or abnormal mentality issues are the cause.

I remember a question on a US cycling board asking how many members carried a gun whilst cycling.
The answer was 1 in 3! :o

Mind you I recently read that 93% of female cyclists in London suffer frequent abuse or unwanted attention.
I think it was in a recent Cycling Plus.

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Re: Peril in the Park

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Postby bungeejumper » March 20th, 2024, 9:03 am

ukmtk wrote:It seems a bit sad that almost anybody could be attacked for no apparent reason.
Especially if drugs or abnormal mentality issues are the cause.

Drugs or abnormal mentality are usually at the root of the problem, and it's probably more common than one might suppose because most victims don't report it. I had an incident in a square off a swanky shopping street, when somebody who was not in control of his mind (for whatever reason) started following me around, swearing and screaming at me. I walked away, but shaking him off took longer than I expected. In fact the shoppers were also avoiding me! Presumably they thought I'd helped to create the altercation? Talk about feeling alone in a crowd..... :roll:

Still, at least that one didn't make physical contact with me like the OP's assailant did. Nor did the very big but well-spoken mugger in another well-heeled town, who backed me into a shop doorway in broad daylight and demanded cash. Reasoning that he probably needed finance for his next fix, I offered him a fiver, and he took it and vanished. He might even have said thank you - I was too shocked to notice. :|

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Re: Peril in the Park

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Postby UncleEbenezer » April 2nd, 2024, 12:23 am

ukmtk wrote:Mind you I recently read that 93% of female cyclists in London suffer frequent abuse or unwanted attention.
I think it was in a recent Cycling Plus.

That kind of report typically arises from a leading question. So it probably lumps in serious incidents, trivial incidents, and non-incidents like "well, I suppose he might have been ogling me".

I'm male, and have had some incidents that would surely qualify - though doubtless less often than if I'd been a lady. And to be fair, the most potentially-serious was cycling back to Girton late at night, and the attacker might've expected a cyclist doing that journey at that hour to be female. I've had offensive-but-non-serious incidents - like a van pulling in alongside me and shouting and wolf-whistling - in broad daylight when they couldn't possibly have mistaken my sex.

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Re: Peril in the Park

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Postby UncleEbenezer » April 2nd, 2024, 12:27 am

bungeejumper wrote:Nor did the very big but well-spoken mugger in another well-heeled town, who backed me into a shop doorway in broad daylight and demanded cash. Reasoning that he probably needed finance for his next fix, I offered him a fiver, and he took it and vanished. He might even have said thank you - I was too shocked to notice. :|

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Re: Peril in the Park

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Postby AuroraAbyss » April 2nd, 2024, 2:06 am

Woah intense, You did well to respond fast by pushing the person away. And it's good that it was not something serious, just a person who was confused. Credit to the individual accompanying him for offering an apology, that's quite considerate. However, experiencing such a sudden attack must have been rather unsettling. I hope you are fine following that incident. Certainly, it is better than being pursued by a dog.


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