I was attacked by some cretin in a supermarket today, I went in and saw this oaf shouting at another shopper, a middle aged woman whom he did not appear to be familiar with and after their altercation finished he started on me asking "what are you staring at?".
"A Twat!" I replied. We then argued for a minute or so. He then went away for a minute to do something or other before returning and continuing where he left off as he left he kicked me. Now not really appreciating being kicked I then chased him and kicked him back before getting entangled in a scuffle before the security guards arrived. It was probably a mistake to chase him I admit but I'm not going to just take that kind of thing passively. Anyway after this incident I went to the police station to lodge a complaint, where I was informed that if I reported it then because I chased the individual there was a possibility that I would also be charged. Therefore I declined to officially report and so the police recorded crime figures for my area now have one fewer assault then they otherwise would have.
I could make some broader point about why this shows that there should be a more clearly defined right to self defence or why it shows that crime figures should not be trusted, or why I should carry something sharp about my person but really I'm just pissed off and wanted to vent.
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