Nutcases who have problems with t-shirts in Shepherds Bush #2

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Jun. 13th, 2010 | 08:55 pm

Balding man in a blue top, Goldhawk Road, around 2.30pm, somewhat unsteady on his feet. I am wearing a green camo t-shirt with "BRIXTON: running tings" on it in yellow.

(somewhat paraphrased)

"Hey your shirt you were in the army".
"Er, what? No."
"You are in the army you kill people."
"No, it's about Brixton, look." (Indicate lettering.) "Brixton."
"Your shirt, you were in the army, you killed people eh? Fucking kill people." (Man reaches for his back pocket in gesture familiar from petty teenage threats though he forgets he has done it quite quickly.)
"No. Brixton. It's in South London. I'm not in the army."
"You killed people you fucking army, I'll fucking kill you eh."
"What? It's a t-shirt. What the fuck are you on about?" (Note that obviously I do not stop walking at all.)
"You fucking kill people, the army, I fucking, the army."
"What the fuck are you on about you nutcase?"
"Eh what did you say? Fucking kill you."
"Fuck off you nutter." By this stage I am about ten metres away anyway and man in blue top is unable to move at any speed anyway.

"Drunk," someone walking in the same direction as me says. "Yeah, drunk... something, off his face," I say. There isn't a lot more analysis to be made really.

This sort of behaviour is not really appropriate. Quite apart from the disturbing effect on those challenged, randomly trying to start fights with passers-by in the middle of the day when staggering drunk will likely lead to one of those passers-by at best calling the police, and at worst knocking you on your arse, possibly into one of the many roadworks around here right now or just into the road, where all the cars are.

This is only the second time that somebody has called me out on the street based on a bizarre misinterpretation of a t-shirt I was wearing around here, though, in a good three or four year period.
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mother of the angry mob

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from: pennyland
date: Jun. 13th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
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This is why I'm a bit of a cunt towards the homeless in my area. Most of them are good folk, I leave cans and things, they leave my immediate area alone.

Swell :)

But, there are the other homeless, who steal my chairs and table, steal the neighbours' other things and set up camp behind myhouse.

Then, I am a cunt. And not only rat them out, but remove posibility of return by filling in said grotto.

I hope to all the small gods, they never find out who ratted them..

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jun. 13th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
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This wasn't a homeless guy - I know them round here. Somebody unwisely drunk and belligerent on the street.

I hope whoever he was, some friend of his managed to grab him and take him away, or the police picked him up, or he fell asleep in a corner and woke up more sober and went home, because there are people who would do a lot nastier things than make a blog post about it all.

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mother of the angry mob

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from: pennyland
date: Jun. 14th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
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He probably came to just before he had to pee, stuck in a holding cell with a gridded dugout to pee in when he shook awake.

Holdingcells/drucktanks suck.
And are as cold as you can get, no matter the season.

Stick a pair of socks in his pants the next time he/she gets taken.

And tell them to bugger off from your backyard when they're all woozy and vulnerable. :)

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Pallas

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from: pallasathene8
date: Jun. 14th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
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I'm an ignorant American, so you will have to explain to me if there is any connection to the military whatsoever in those words to make him think this or just that left-field?

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Jun. 14th, 2010 10:34 am (UTC)
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Not that I can think of. The impression seems to have been gained entirely from the fact that I was wearing a green camo t-shirt. (Under a tweed blazer for that matter.)

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Nutcases

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date: Jun. 14th, 2010 11:24 am (UTC)
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Tweed blazer? Now that really is nutty.
OP

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soho_iced

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from: soho_iced
date: Jun. 14th, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC)
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Somebody randomly accused me of being German in Brixton once, but I think girls are less likely to get the 'Please would you indulge me in my desire for recreational violence?' thing. Possibly I wasn't bullied enough at school, but I find it hard to take seriously.

It sounds like the guy's command of the language was out for the count anyway: reading entirely, talking mostly.

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