I am not a racist, but I need to vent.

Canada
March 31, 2011 2:36pm CST
I'm starting to get tired of going to the bank when I need to. I got there today, you know, the usual end of the month mayhem with a smaller than required parking lot. I'm waiting in a line to just get a parking spot, and waiting patiently I might add, just like those behind me were. The next spot had just opened up and I was about to move to it, when a guy in a Mercedes zipped past me out of nowhere and parked in the spot. I was pissed, you really couldn't blame me. The guy gets out of his car and I start yelling at him telling him that I'd been waiting a while to get the spot. He pipes up claiming that we were sleeping. What would he know, he had just gotten there. So I get another spot and get into the bank right behind him, and he starts b!tching me out. Says his kid is sick in the hospital and that gave him the right to cut in front of everyone. I turned to him and said, "You think you're God don't you?" His snide comeback, "Yes, I am God." I asked him why, if his kid was sick, he wasn't going directly to the hospital instead of wasting his time going to the bank. He didn't reply to that. A lot of people witnessed this banter, and I'm sure they couldn't believe what this guy was doing to me. Like I said, I'm not a racist, but he was acting like being a minority gave him special privileges when it came to waiting in lines. Like he was exempt to it. I'm sorry, but we're all equal, it doesn't matter what the skin color is, everyone has to wait, they shouldn't be allowed to cut in line no matter what the reason is. He could have gone to the bank machine, it would have been a lot faster than waiting for a teller. I really couldn't believe his attitude. His child was obviously not as important as running around instead of getting to him if he was that sick. Have you had any experiences like this? Have you been cut off by people in a hurry, not wanting to wait like they should?
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• Canada
31 Mar 11
Was it being the minority that gave him the advantage (in his mind?) I thought you originally stated that he behaved that way because his kid was in the hospital. And if someone responded to me "yes I am God" I'd start in on him about blasphemy.
• Canada
31 Mar 11
I guess that's what his idea was, but I can't be 100% sure. But still, it didn't give him any right to do what he did.
• United States
31 Mar 11
I was going to say what dannishcanadian said. Except maybe the guy responded "yes I am God" as a sarcastic response because he may have thought the question was silly in the first place. If someone asked me if I thought I was god, I would respond in the same way, because no one really thinks that way unless they really have a psychological problem. This discussion reminds me of the Alexandra Wallace youtube video hype that came up about two weeks ago. Have you seen it? Basically a girl at UCLA is complaining about Asians in the library, and she starts off saying "I know this isn't politically correct, but.." The video received a mass of responses, scolding her for her apparently ignorant criticisms. Of course no one has a right to do inconsiderate things, but no one has a right to judge others more critically because they are minorities.
@Angelwriter (1956)
• United States
1 Apr 11
Okay, I'm confused about a couple of things. How was he acting like being a minority gave him special privilege? What did he do that gave you that impression? Because I don't see anything written here that leads to that conclusion. So, maybe I'm missing something. All I see from your write up is that a guy, who happened to be a minority, jumped ahead of the waiting people. There could have been plenty of reasons why he felt he was justified that had nothing to do with his race. Maybe he was just a jerk. Maybe his attitude was every man for himself. Maybe he was in a hurry for whatever reason and that's what he felt gave him the special privilege. I wasn't there, so maybe he did indicate that being a minority was the specific reason why he should be allowed to take the parking spot. But, going by what you wrote, being a minority is only one out of a bunch of possible reasons why he felt justified in taking the spot, so I wonder why you think that's the reason for his actions. I was actually confused for awhile as to why you started off saying you weren't racist. Since I couldn't see what relevance race had to the topic. A guy took a parking spot away from you after you had been waiting patiently. And he happened to be a minority. Is there any reason to think that anyone might think you were upset because of the man's race, rather than his actions? Did the guy himself accuse you of being racist? If so, I could imagine that maybe making you wary. Like, if he thought you were racist because of the incident, maybe others would. Otherwise, it seems like you feel the need to correct an assumption that no one's made, and I can't think of any reason to think anyone would make it.
• United States
1 Apr 11
Oh, and just to hopefully cut off any misunderstandings and upset before they happen, let me state a few things right off. I don't think you're lying. I don't know if you might think I do, but you could think that's the reason why I questioned you instead of taking it all at face value. I believe the events happened like you said. A guy took the parking space, and then berated you and everything. I believe that you believe the man feels his actions are justified because he's a minority. I'm just wondering if you believe that based on anything concrete. Or if you believe it based on circumstantial evidence. Man takes parking spot. Man is a minority. Ergo, man must believe that being a minority gives him the privilege to take the spot. That's why I'm questioning. Not because I think you're lying about his motivation as you interpreted them. Just wondering why you believe that was his motivation.
@bird123 (10349)
• United States
2 Apr 11
If skin color wasn't an issue with you then why do you mention it??? Anybody can act like this guy. I've even seen a few gals do it too, all races. You are the one who allowed it to ruin your day, maybe several days before you get over it. What did you really gain??? Let it go!! Be happy again!!