When Someone Gets In your Personal Space
I hate it when someone gets in my personal space. I feel intimidated and can’t breathe. Last week I went to top up my husband’s monthly prescription and was confronted with such an incident. It left me shaken and very upset.
Unlike in the UK where you can pick up your prescription from your local pharmacy in about 10 minutes, in Botswana we have to queue up for ages at a state hospital or clinic. There are always very long queues, so I get up very early and get there before there are a lot of people. I’m usually one of the first five people there.
Some ranting lunatic came in to the hospital pharmacy, and promptly announced he was looking for a girlfriend. I tried to avoid eye contact, but his eyes locked with mine and I guess he liked what he saw. He sauntered over to me, got in my space and started caressing my back in a very creepy way. I was so freaked out, I just didn’t know what to do. He was wearing bright purple lipstick and had on more accessories than me. –and that’s really saying something!
I turned around and made the mistake of telling him to back off. That opened the floodgates to hell! He started giving me a proper dressing down, shouting the whole place down.
Who the hell do you think you are?! You ugly piece of s***, do you really think that I could ever be interested in something as repugnant as you? You pauper, you good for nothing poor person! No wonder you have to come and queue for free state medication. You’re broke, that’s why you’re here. I’m here for my educated, gorgeous girlfriend, a nurse; not a piece of useless s*** like you! What, have you never been in close proximity to a rich person like me?!
-and so it went on and on! As is usually the case, nobody jumped in to help, everyone pretended not to see or hear anything! Quite how I held it together, I don’t know. I decided to keep quiet, but kept on glaring at him.
I thought I was finally going to be rescued when I saw a burly, hulk of a female security guard coming our way. However, she breezed right through and kept walking when I tried to stop her!
I returned the next day and filed a formal complaint against the security. It turns out this guy is always terrorizing people at the hospital. He allegedly sniffs glue and takes all sorts of drugs. The head of security assured me they would escalate the matter, and said never to hesitate to come and see him if the guy ever approaches me again. He claimed that they were doing all they could to ensure he never set foot on the premises! That was beyond scary!
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