February 2, 2016 | Pashto
Grammar Books for Protection?
In which an Arabic verb book may possibly have protected me from a crazy person.
Today in New York I got into a verbal altercation with a woman at a cafe who refused to move her belongings off an adjacent seat so that I could sit down. (There were no other seats.)
Here’s what happened.
I asked her politely if the seat was free. She said yes but did not move her purse and a grocery bag off the chair.
I asked her, still politely, if she would mind moving her things.
She told me, “I’m leaving in three minutes.”
I told her, “I’m here now.” Nothing.
I said, “I’m moving your stuff.” Nothing.
I picked up her stuff and put it on the floor and she freaked out. I sat down while she was still freaking out and ignored her.
Soon afterwards I placed a book on Arabic verbs on the table between us — and she never said another word to me.