I’m in my mid 40’s and was quite surprised and confused to have my first experience of IDWHL today. I’ve been following this sub for at least 3 or so years so I thought I knew how stuff like this was supposed to go down. I was supposed to help some little old lady then get assaulted by a Karen for not helping her. It didn’t happen that way at all.
I was at the supermarket shopping with a half full cart of groceries and was studying cereals to see if one had more sugar than the other. I noticed someone out of the corner of my eye who was standing near/looking at me so I thought I might be in their way. I said sorry and started moving my cart but she started in with the “It’s about time you helped me” thing. Because I read this sub so much I immediately figured out what was going on so I told her right then that I think she has mistaken me for an employee, I am not, I’m here shopping, here’s my cart. I thought I could head this off at the pass and laugh it off. I could not. She got very angry and kept insisting I worked there and that I needed to help her. At this point I thought I’d start backing away because I didn’t want it to turn into one of those assault stories. I guess this was a wrong move because she hauled off and tried to punch me in the chest. I put up my hand to try and ward it off, more of a half hazard swat at her hand than anything, but I ended up catching her fist in my hand. It was a complete accident but it looked like I had done it intentionally, and I was about to laugh when I noticed the woman had this deer in the headlights look. Then she turned around and walked away as fast as she could. I think in her mind I had just turned into some kung fu master that “you shouldn’t have fucked with.” IDK. But I thought she might be going to get the manager and charge me with assault or something but she didn’t. Never heard another word about it. I finished shopping a little quicker than normal and left and that’s it. I am a little confused nothing else happened and also laughing my ass off because I looked like some old, fat kung fu master.