I was just leaving the Senior’s Center, after my usual Tuesday noon shift. As I reached for the door handle. I heard a someone call me. As I turned around, an older gentleman grasped my hand.
“How are you my dear? Are you not coming to bingo today? ”
I responded to this fellow, whom I had never seen before, by pulling my hand out of his grasp.
“My time here is in the gymnasium, where I run the computer system. I’ve never been to the bingo event!”
I then turn and hurried out the door. He followed me closely, continuing his diatribe. Noticing that I was heading out of the parking lot, he grabbed my elbow. Indicating several cars in the lot, he said:
“Did you not bring your car today? Mine is right over here,”
He seemed to be leading me towards where his car was theoretically parked, but I shrugged his hand off of my arm. In another few steps, I would reach my car, so I quickened my pace, all the while murmuring that I was tired from my work at the gym.
“I think I should give you a hug,”
I was startled, and was now getting VERY disconcerted. RUN, said my brain, but knowing full well that my ability to run these days currently resembles a duck, I didn’t pursue that option! I told him firmly that he was NOT going to hug me, and pulled my key ring out of my purse aggressively. At this point, my car was mere steps away. I quickly ducked into the drivers’ seat. and closed the door.
As I drove home, I wondered WHO this fellow was, and what on earth conspired to make him think that he knew me! He didn’t appear to be much older than me! I sure hope that I don’t run into this guy again, when I go in for one of my shifts! This whole episode really unsettled me.