By Li - United Kingdom - Birmingham
Today, I shouted, "Fuck off!" out of reflex when I felt someone behind me grab my bag and pull it off my shoulder. It turned out to be an elderly man with a walking stick, who was trying to steady himself in a busy crowd. FML
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By  Steffi3  |  40

'out of reflex'. You sounds nice

  granCanyon  |  12

And what's your reflex when you feel like someone's trying to steal your bag? "Excuse-me sir, are you aware that stealing is a crime? Please do not force me to call the police"?

  kieralumina  |  30

exactly. some of us have this reflex where our arm just lashes out and elbows then punches/scratches the potential attacker. I'd rather defend myself then apologize for falsely thinking you were a threat than just stand there and let you rob me or whatever.

  Brandi_Faith  |  33

The fighting back reaction could actually get you killed though if your attacker has a weapon. So it may not be the wisest reaction, especially from behind, if you can't see if they have one or not. Just a thought.

By  natashamilan  |  13

I bet you felt so bad afterwards. Don't stress about it too much though, because the best of us would've done something like that. I hope you cleared things up with the old man!