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Almost Getting Jacked

“I don’t need a ride.” I said politely to my boss Mr. Britt after work had ended at Walgreens. After work I went to the nearby Albertsons to do some grocery shopping. The time was about 11:15 at night when I began the walk home.

My groceries consisted of the normal healthy college student stuff. Pop-tarts for breakfast, Chef-boy-ardee for dinner, Hormel Chili, and Stouffers Lasagna for special occasions. After checking out, I went to the in-store atm to assess the financial damage. I withdrew about seventy dollars in cash so that I could owe back my roommates. I put the money in my wallet and left the store.

I began my walk home, which was a half-mile away. Just into my walk, I noticed two mexicans walking towards me. They both wore similar clothing. They both had on black bandanas, black and white plaid shirts, and similar pants. I knew they were up to no good, yet I couldn’t avoid them without crossing the busy street.

One of them approached me and asked, “Hey… Do you know where Hatcher is from here?”

Going blank, I couldn’t remember where the street was. Before I could respond, the other said, “Hey holmes, how ’bout you give us your money.”

My adrenaline jumped up and I began shaking on the inside. “What?” I said to myself in disbelief. I can’t believe these bastards are trying to rob me. I looked around for any help, but I found none.

Still in disbelief I responded, “No way.”

I couldn’t believe I just said no to these guys. They’re outnumbering me, and they’re bigger than me. You are a crazy mother*** Ronald. The truth about it was probably that I was in denial that these guys were about to take the seventy dollars in my wallet. I looked around again. The busy street almost seemed like a refuge from these guys. I decided to play chicken with a couple of cars to get these guys off of my back. Surely they wouldn’t be crazy enough to follow me into moving traffic.

I began to walk into the street when one of them bluntly said, “You think we’re bullshitting you holmes?”

I gave them no response. They walked into traffic with me, so I decided to play a staring game with an oncoming vehicle. I won obviously, because the car stopped. The driver hesitated for a moment, and almost went for his horn. I bet he realized the situation I was in, but he drove around us. I was still being pursued by these guys, so I decided to keep walking in the middle of the road. Surely someone was going to notice me. It’s not everyday you see some guy in a blue photo smock walking down the middle of the road at 11:15 at night. Knowing that I wasn’t going to give up, the two crossed the street and walked away.

I ran back to Albertsons and called my roommate from a payphone. I explained my situation and he came and gave me a ride home.

Now one question must be trickling up your spine. What the hell was I doing jumping in traffic for such a small amount of money? At that moment in time, I felt I needed to stop a car to get help. Yet the situation escalated from there. I didn’t care about these guys that were trying to rob me. I just cared about them leaving me the hell alone, and I felt they weren’t motivated enough to pursue me through moving traffic. These guys also were trying not to get noticed. When I was walking into traffic, they were getting noticed. Was I justified in being stubborn and not handing over the money. In a way, yes. I called their bluff. Maybe they would’ve beat me up had I not gotten into traffic, but everything worked out okay. Now I’ll be a little more paranoid walking home. That’s about it. Thanks for reading.

Writer and software engineer Ronald Huereca has been a developer at notable agencies like iThemes and 10up. His varied background has him working with WordPress since 2006, eventually creating his own plugin which, of course, lead to more. He spends quite a bit of his time volunteering with the WordPress project as a core and polyglot contributor. With all of his passions, writing has been the way Ronald expresses himself best. He has written both technical books as well as fiction. Some of his works include Project Mayhem, Mindefusement, and WordPress and Ajax. “You can only delay the inevitable” is his favorite quote. Ronald enjoys reading Stephen King and John Grisham. When he’s not writing, Ronald dreams of building websites filled with cats yawning, disclaimers his strong opinions, sings karaoke, and advocates for empathy surrounding mental health.

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