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    Feeling guilty - What would you have done?

    OK, hereís what happened. I just got back from a quick trip to the nearest ATM machine. When I was about 1 minute or so from the machine I passed a Thai man who was weaving from one side of the sidewalk to the other. He was obviously seriously impaired, so I just waited until he was on one side of the sidewalk and passed him on the other side.

    While I was doing my business with the ATM, he walked past me with one of those campaign posters that are all over town in his hands. He stopped next to the ATM, stepped on the poster and started pulling on the bamboo stick it was attached to. I wasnít really paying a whole lot of attention to him at this point, just the normal interest you would have in someone who is acting somewhat abnormally near you.

    I finished up my business and had walked about half a dozen steps away from the ATM, when the bamboo stick landed on the pavement next to me. Assuming that it had been thrown at me in some sort of half-assed attack, I picked it up, walked back to the man and hit him with it, very hard, several times. I stopped when I realized that he was too drunk to offer any effective resistance and went home.

    Iím now feeling quite guilty about my reaction.

    First, he wasnít a threat to me at all. Even if he hadnít been drunk, Iím probably 10cm taller, 15 kilos heavier and at least as fit as he is.

    Secondly, looking back, Iím not really sure that he meant to threaten or attack me. He may have just been randomly throwing or kicking the stick around.

    Thirdly, even if he meant to attack me, he was too drunk to walk in a straight line. All I had to do was walk away.

    I responded with my adrenalin, not with my brains. What would you have done?

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    I would have laughed it off or simply ignored it.
    Well, you do feel 'guilty' at hindsight, remember this next time.

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    You're pretty stressed out, otherstuff1957.
    Cool down...

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    [quote=otherstuff1957]

    I finished up my business and had walked about half a dozen steps away from the ATM, when the bamboo stick landed on the pavement next to me. Assuming that it had been thrown at me in some sort of half-assed attack, I picked it up, walked back to the man and hit him with it, very hard, several times. I stopped when I realized that he was too drunk to offer any effective resistance and went home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by otherstuff1957
    ... the bamboo stick landed on the pavement next to me. Assuming that it had been thrown at me in some sort of half-assed attack, I picked it up, walked back to the man and hit him with it, very hard, several times.
    For someone who likes to change the font type, size and colour in his posts - and is clearly not a moron - you sure do know how to act like one. Why the hell didn't you just keep walking? I would've.

    Or, more likely, this is pure trolling.

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    Otherstuff1957

    It's too late now to do anything.

    But it's good that you're thinking something.

    Yes, I think you over-reacted.

    But you acted on a brief amount of time.

    It doesn't sound like you seriously hurt this man.

    The fact that you are thinking about it, is good.

    With all due respect, I must ask:

    Is this the first incident like this you've ever experienced?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milkman
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    With all due respect, I must ask:

    Is this the first incident like this you've ever experienced?
    Actually, yes it is. I'm not normally a violent person and that's probably why my reaction bothered me so much.

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    ive killed men for less. once a man laughed at my red cowboy boots, black fishnet wifebeater t-shirt and sombrero. i beat him to death with a dog that happened tp be walking by. ive always felt bad about hurting the dog. what would you have done?

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    Red cowboy boots, fishnet T-shirt?
    'The Ghost of the Moog' is into the odd bit of gay S&M, I believe.
    Butterfly might join in, as well.
    Bring your own tub of lube, these guys are cruel!
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    I would have went back to look for the dog,take it to EDEN and given it a good night out to absolve my guilt.

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    and a sombrero with those little testicle looking things hanging off the brim. should i let the dog bother me? i mean when i was done with the guy the dog only had his front two legs., but, hey mate....you dont fuck with a man about his pimpin outfit, at least not in the part of australia i come from. by the way the sombrero is the same blood red as my cowboy boots. cool, huh mate?

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    I think otherstuff done the right thing, why the hell should he feel guilty?

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    Violence dosen't solve anything and even brings guilt as you have noticed. A good lesson learned here so take advantage of that and look on the positive side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ice Maiden
    Violence dosen't solve anything and even brings guilt as you have noticed. A good lesson learned here so take advantage of that and look on the positive side.
    Such wise words from someone so young! Much better than my instant rant. A greeny for you, my dear!

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    Thankyou RDN! I'm learning more and more everyday. What a learning process life is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ice Maiden
    Violence dosen't solve anything and even brings guilt as you have noticed.
    ok he is a wussy, i believe he done right, sometimes people deserve what comes back to them, ok if he whacked him too much and killed him that would be over the top.

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    I have learned that people dont deserve what comes back to them.

    If you have a chance to take revenge on someone then that means you are not over that persons actions. If you simply walk away then it means you are over the actions of the person in question.

    Your enemy will always have power over you. But if you forgive that person then they no longer have that power. Forgive someone for yourself because of that reason.

    Those are my beliefs.
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    nobody ever know until your there but the way tell it otherstuff I would feel bad too. But it is over with so try to be better. And move on

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    forgivness...the ultimate selfishness

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ice Maiden
    I have learned that people dont deserve what comes back to them.
    Where did you learn that ?
    Be good and good will come back to you, be bad and you'll have bad in return.
    That is the repo points of life..

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    A eye for a eye and a tooth for a tooth

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    There's an 'alternatives to violence' thread somewhere on here, started by Danbo. I think when the bamboo stick landed next to you, you should have challenged him immediately to paper-scissors-stone. If you lost the first time, you could have told him it was best of three, he was so drunk he would've believed you.

    Hope you don't live near me, I moved here partly to avoid random street violence perpetrated by nutters with anger-control issues.

    But I guess it's good you're thinking about it...
    The sleep of reason brings forth monsters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigger
    A eye for a eye and a tooth for a tooth
    ok even then he just threw the stick it did not hit him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbigman21
    Quote Originally Posted by Rigger
    A eye for a eye and a tooth for a tooth
    ok even then he just threw the stick it did not hit him.
    It would depend on what type of mood I was in if I was having a nice day I would probably laugh and keep walking if I was in a bad mood I would probably have a go at the barsted but would not hit him unless he tried to hit me first
    Now if it had happened say 10 years ago when I still thought it was fun to go out and smack people out it might be a different story

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigger
    Quote Originally Posted by bbigman21
    Quote Originally Posted by Rigger
    A eye for a eye and a tooth for a tooth
    ok even then he just threw the stick it did not hit him.
    It would depend on what type of mood I was in if I was having a nice day I would probably laugh and keep walking if I was in a bad mood I would probably have a go at the barsted but would not hit him unless he tried to hit me first
    Now if it had happened say 10 years ago when I still thought it was fun to go out and smack people out it might be a different story
    See so you agree

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