When is it enough? – Guest Post

Here at The Constant Complainer, in addition to my own posts, readers can submit Guest Posts on topics they’d like to complain about.  Sugar submitted the below-Guest Post.  Her complaint is regarding a drunken stranger and their chance meeting.  I’m sure many people will be able to relate to her story.  Enjoy and without further adieu, here’s Sugar…

When is enough enough?  Here’s my question: Is it right to start an argument with a total stranger over what they said?  My husband and I went to a cookout over the holiday weekend.  We didn’t arrive until later in the evening, so when we got there, the alcohol was flowing.  We weren’t planning on staying late because we only knew two people there; that and the crowd was not the most desirable people we wanted to be around anyway.

So my husband and I were standing by the picnic area talking.  Everyone else is over by the 20-foot fire, telling hunting stories, redneck punch lines and drinking more beer.  As my husband and I were talking, a man came up who had been drinking.  He started off the conversation by telling my husband, “What a lucky SOB you are to have such a good lookin’ woman.  He said he “didn’t know how to contain himself while I was standing there.” He also made two more extremely inappropriate comments, and did I mention that he kept grabbing his crotch as he was saying this?  My husband just stood there and was nodding, agreeing with this jerk.  Finally, I was so uncomfortable that I told the guy that what he was saying was inappropriate and yanked the keys out of my husbands pocket and said that we were leaving. 

My question is:  What else did this man have to do in order for my husband to say something?  Not start a fight, but say something?

My husband’s rationale was that the guy had been drinking and he didn’t want to start a fight.  I know that this guy had been drinking, but he could have said, “Hey, that’s my wife.  You can stop saying that.” Or, “That’s a little inappropriate, why don’t you stop.”  I’m sure the guy would have apologized and stopped, but instead, he kept going on and on and on.

What would you have done?  I also thought this was an interesting topic based on the recent Roger Stephens story.  He is accused of slapping a random two-year-old girl in a Georgia Walmart, because the child was being too loud.  Is this how strangers act?  You decide.

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