Just got in from my commute to work. Took the longer route and was riding down a 4-lane street. A large box, delivery van was in my mirror, coming at a fast speed and I saw that he was going out and around me. I thought he was just going to pass me. But no... the usual flip on the right turn signal and pulled into the lot of a large grocery store and strip mall. Granted there was some room, and he didn't come close enough to hit me, but a seconds difference and I wouldn't have had a chance. He couldn't judge my speed going that fast. Typical jerk.
Well I thought, "Should I go over and have a little talk with the guy". I didn't see what "type" of person he was, but thought what the heck. As I got closer to his van, backed up to the store, I realized I may be in for a fight (words?, fist? who knows?). He was a younger guy, lots of tattoos, big arms, baseball cap on. I thought "Oh Boy!".
I said "Hey how ya' doin'" and started to say something about when he had just passed me and ...
Then he let loose with a "Get the F#%& away from me".
I tried to proceed with my argument and he said it again and started to push his door open in my direction. If he'd swung it all the way he would have knocked me over. I said " do you want to get fired?" and he said, "I won't get fired, I'm just doing my job" (ever heard that before?). I said " Well your not doing your job running me off the road". He said "I didn't run you off the road you a#$hole". Then I let loose and told him to F#%& Off! I couldn't help myself. It degenerated as I rode away thinking better of having a smack in the mouth. Luckily if that would have happened the police station was 1/8 of a mile away. Good thing I left when I did.
Did I do wrong? Should I report the guy to his company? Is it worth it to get myself all frazzed up about this? The thing that frosts me the most is that I was trying to me reasonable and when he spoke to me the way he did, it instantly when from nice to not-so-nice.
My coworkers thing I should call. I've done things like that before and nothing ever comes of it. Usually the bossman defends the driver and blames the cyclist.
Let me know what you think.