More Harassment of Myself
Posted in the Bellingham Forum
#1 Mar 4, 2012
Just wrote the following under other thread:
I've always thought I identified most with Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, but viewed the 1930 b/w film (at WWU) again recently (for about the fourth time), and actually identified most with Fantine. When she is experiencing abuse, neglect, exploitation (from the Thenardier's and others). You really feel how life is simply overwhelming her to the point of death. It's only the mercifulness of Jean Valjean that brings her respite (promising to care for Cosette) before she finally dies.
All that comes to mind as I continue to be targeted for harassment. This morning in Haggens in Fairhaven experienced a similar occurrence as in Woods Coffee when the man threatened to physically remove me from the coffee shop for allegedly using the bathroom too long.
Today I was filling up Haggen's dog water bowl at the soda fountain. A man (husband of Haggens' grocery clerk) confronted me for violating health code by using an animal product in food area. Fortunately I didn't become defensive, just explained there is no other option. He insisted the bathroom, but I said the dog bowl would not fit in that sink. Nor could the sink in the deli area be used as that too would be in a food area. Technically he's probably right. Figure another method could be used to fill the bowl, such as filling plastic water bowls and bringing them outside to the dog bowl. I put the (filled) bowl outside, let Polenka (service dog) drink from it, and then went back inside to explain to the man (sitting with his two daughters and wife at a table in the cafe area) that he might let the manager know since she sometimes fills the water bowl up (either at the soda fountain or in the deli area sink). I said to let him know that it wasn't me just being inconsiderate of others as he was implying. It was an accepted action that even management follows.
He became agitated and began to argue with me (since I had explained myself successfully and was no longer the villain he wanted to publicly portray me as). I replied I didn't need criticism--I needed love and support as I'm homeless and have lung cancer. He jumped up and opened the door and insisted I leave the grocery store. I refused, saying I'd done nothing wrong and intended to stay inside the store (reminiscent of Woods Coffee incident when the man threatened to grab me by the beard and drag me out of the coffee shop by force).
I by then had walked further into the store, into an aisle in front leading from the coffee stand (which was actually an act of de-esculating the situation since I was moving away from the man and source of conflict (and of course the door he wanted to coerce me out of). But the man then rushed up and got right in my face so that his nose was almost touching mine and shouted that he served in the military and fought for this country and that he had liver cancer. He said "and I know your story". I said "my story" involves speaking out against the harmfulness of marijuana--that I smoked it heavily as a teenager and that's (probably) what caused the lung cancer. He replied "that's good! It was your choice wasn't it?". I was devastated by his saying "that's good" (that I had lung cancer), since again, I could really use love and support instead of people shouting in my face they are glad I have lung cancer.
But that response told me what I needed to know. Quite likely, the man has developed a personal resentment against me for political reasons. Perhaps he views his fighting for freedom to mean freedom to exploit others through ruthless capitalism. If so, I think he is wrong.
#2 Mar 4, 2012
And my dog was attacked by a pit bull in health food co-op two weeks ago--that too appeared deliberate--there was a plate of food on the floor, the pit bull was unleashed, and my dog and I approached that area of the cafe when the pit bull naturally attacked my dog (probably protecting the food). That was the second time that situation existed--the pit bull sitting there by a plate of food and unleashed. the first time I managed to walk my dog backwards and walk away from the area so as not to provoke an attack. But why would the exact scenario be in place in the same area I was walking through on a daily basis (through cafe area to bathroom in co-op)? My dog received welts all down her back from the dog bites. It could have been much worse.
Point being I think the harassment is organized by Ron (legalize all drugs) Paul ["don't tread on me" Libertarians].
#3 Mar 4, 2012
Who removed Post #1?
#4 Mar 5, 2012
Post #1 is back up. A really good post of mine on another thread remains missing, numeorus attempts to post the same thing there were removed as well. It wasn't in violation of any rules or anything.
#5 Mar 5, 2012
But a little more about that comment by the man harassing me. His "That's good! It was your choice wasn't it" bothered me for two reasons. First, that another human being would express gladness over my (probably) getting lung cancer from smoking marijuana as a teen. And second, that he placed the blame on me for choosing to do something that resulted in such harm.
I think the two points are interrelated in that Social Darwinists ("survival of the fittest"/Herbert Spencer), seeing matters solely competitively, are glad when someone is duped into doing something harmful. Especially if the person duped is of the lower class in society, and the Darwinist can exploit the process and make money off it. My father too served in the military (USAF; 23 years), but I don't think he believed it was to protect the "freedom" of the drug dealer, or for people to have the "freedom" of *choice* to drink and drive and thereby place other lives at risk. He might well agree there should be much severer laws in place to prevent drunk driving.
Granted, columnists have pointed out the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate on the planet. But legalizing, taxing and valuing marijuana as a capitalist commodity is not the answer. And those that use threats of violence in disagreeing with that viewpoint, believing that is what the military stands for, are self-centered in their belief. Because if they attmpted to understand where others are coming from, they might find many in the military not sharing that view.
I could be wrong. Maybe the U.S. military does stand for such "freedom" as the man that harassed me portended. If so that might explain much.
#6 Mar 5, 2012
Ooops...misused the word "portended" above. Meant alleged (?).
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