When Prudence Was the Better Part of Valor

January 5, 2015 at 6:37 pm 6 comments

It was one hot summer night when we drove from San Francisco to Los Angeles to attend the wedding of our mutual friend. There were four of us in the car.

At around 2 a.m. we stopped at a diner along Interstate 5 to get a bite and take the much needed restroom break.

We found the place almost empty. While waiting to be seated, a guy stood beside one of my friends and started picking on him. He was a Latino of medium built and blood shot eyes. He seemed to be intoxicated or high on drugs.

“Why do you people come to this country and take away our jobs,” he sneered.

When my friend tried to ignore him, he became more aggressive. He took the glasses off my friend’s face.

It was at this point that I intervened. I put myself between them and told him we weren’t looking for trouble.

“Please give that pair of glasses back,” I said in a calm voice, looking directly in his eyes. Surprisingly, he didn’t complain when I grabbed it back from his hand.

“You know, we can settle this out quickly outside. My buddies are waiting.”

You could hear a pin drop after he said that. The few customers inside the diner were now fixated to the drama that was going on and were eagerly awaiting our response. I saw the restaurant manager looking, too, with the phone in his hand ready to call the cops if necessary.

My other friend who was driving thought that enough was enough. We decided to head out the door and go somewhere else.

As we left the place, he was still in his element taunting and calling us names. We just let him be. In this case, prudence was the better part of valor. It was no use arguing with somebody who had nothing to lose but his life.

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  • 1. Suzanne Joshi  |  January 6, 2015 at 4:45 am

    Wise move on the part of you and your friends, Plaridel. Perhaps the manager was too afraid to call 911 as he should have. Those guys might have messed up his restaurant. They might all have been on some drug, etc. Good story. — Suzanne

    • 2. plaridel  |  January 6, 2015 at 4:39 pm


      i thought so, too. we arrived at the wedding unscathed. πŸ™‚

  • 3. Leigh W. Smith  |  January 7, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Plaridel, it is a good story and shows you guys’ (and gals, if there were any in your party of 4) wisdom and foresight. On the other hand, I’m annoyed and saddened you had to put up with such stupidity and intolerance. I would hope the smart aleck side of me would have done exactly what y’all did instead of the snarky rejoinder that’s boiling on my tongue.

    • 4. plaridel  |  January 7, 2015 at 4:20 pm


      looking back, i was glad it didn’t get worse. my friend happened to have a gun in his car.

      • 5. Leigh W. Smith  |  January 19, 2015 at 2:33 pm

        Me, too. It would have been a shame to engage him in a battle of wits when he was so clearly outnumbered (even if there had been 50 of him). In the end, glad you’re all OK! πŸ™‚

        • 6. plaridel  |  January 19, 2015 at 4:44 pm


          always not a good idea to trade wits with somebody at his wit’s end. it could have easily turned to violence. πŸ™‚


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