People are insane and insanity and hostility are contagious.
Years ago, I was standing in line at a Chipotle. Someone was at the counter, I was behind that person, standing back about six feet behind him, and I was looking at the menu options.
All of a sudden, there was a sharp pressure pain on the left side of my back. Before I could even think, I whipped around and this young woman was standing there glaring at me with her finger still pointed. The fucking nutcase drove her finger into my spine and when I realized it, I came thisclose to reflexively smacking the shit out of her.
As soon as I turned around, she said, "I ASKED YOU if you are IN LINE."
I am very hard of hearing in my left ear, about 50% hearing loss. She must have asked me if I was in line and I didn't hear her because of the ambient noise. So her next course of action was to stab me in the fucking spine with her finger?
I pointed to the guy in front of me to clearly indicate that, yes, I was in line. And then I asked her if she rammed her finger into my back.
"I ASKED you and you IGNORED ME," she said.
I think I did almost slap her. I screamed at her to keep her hands to herself and everyone around looked at us, and I made a huge scene and explained that I was standing in line and she jammed her finger into my back. She looked around and explained that she asked me if I was in line and I IGNORED HER.
I put my face right up to her face and stared at her intensely for a few seconds to scare the shit out of her, which clearly worked, and then turned back around.
I realized while I was ordering that 1) this was all stupid; 2) I hate people; 3) this is the kind of minor incident that can erupt into violence when people are at their wits' end; and 4) I'd never go back to that place.
A big part of me still wishes I had slapped her. I don't think I have ever had another violent inclination in my entire adult life like that one.