Had a close encounter today. One of the girls at my work has a boyfriend who is, by all accounts, a total @$$hole, completely possessive of her, and possibly abusive. She's been trying to get away from him, but any of you who know the score know that's hard to do.
Both myself and another friend of hers are looking out for her, and we're in somewhat of a friendly competition over who's going to be next.
Well, the boyfriend showed up after the shift ended today and started asking about her and the other friend, who had left together after one of the late night shifts a day or two ago. His questions led him to me, where he asked about her other friend. I was honest, that I knew which dorm he lived in (same as mine), but not which room or even which floor, or anything else specific. He seemed satisfied with that. As he turned away, I took my hand off the knife clipped in my work apron. I was so sure he'd try to start something.
This guy doesn't know that I'm as much a friend as the guy he was looking for. However, he's likely to find out. I'm not worried about me, more about her and her other friend. The girl has a child, for crying out loud.
I guess what I'm asking is, was there something more I could have done? Should I have refused to answer his questions and asked him to leave? If the guy was on the hunt, he was probably prepared to start a fight he was sure he could win, meaning he was strapped with a knife or gun. I'm worried that the girl or someone close to her is going to wind up in the hospital, or worse, before this guy is finished. I'm worried that the girl won't show up for her shift tomorrow.
Thanks for the ears. I just want to know if there's anything more I could have done, or anything I should do if I run into this guy again.
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