The Hampton Jitney story had me thinking, and reminded me of an event that occurred the weekend after Memorial Day. An event that was so unpleasant I didn't even want to bother typing it out.
My husband and I went to the Georgica Getty Station to get fuel, and since our truck is a diesel we situated ourselves on the outside pump closer to the road. A citiot was parked on the inside with a black car that had Manhattan plate frames, and since it was a busy day he obviously got boxed in. Blocking his way was a small girl with her little car, and she backed in in front of him and an attendant started pumping her gas.
When she backed in, the Citiot was getting ready to leave.. so when he realized he was boxed in he came walking right up to her car and started yelling.
"HOW STUPID ARE YOU? I WANT TO GO AND I WANT TO GO NOW! LET ME OUT NOW, YOU STUPID etc etc" The douche yelled into her window and cursing ensued while the poor girl sat inside her car with her hands over her face. My husband was inside paying for our fuel at the time, but since I saw it I was obligated to climb halfway out of my window and let the fellow know "That girl is a LADY! And if you continue to speak to her that way I will shove that gas nozzle so far up your (ass) you will be tasting gasoline your entire way home to Manhattan!"
Of course I got the usual "You redneck white trash! This is none of your business!" so I replied "It's ALWAYS EVERYONES business when you are verbally attacking a lady who is only half your age if that. Act an adult, get in your car, and never show your face here again!"
At that point my husband came out and joined me, and heard my words, looked at the girl, looked at the man, and started walking towards him. He RAN for his car and locked it up, and the guy behind him actually backed up out of his way
so he could back up and get out of there.
Moral of the story: If you see someone doing someone else wrong, and you know it in your gut.. do NOT hesitate to step in, ever. Yeah, they'll curse you out and/or tell you to mind your own business... but too many locals are too passive to stand up for themselves when a tourist/second homeowner/anyone else chooses to bully them. It should never be that way. It feels scary at first, but the satisfaction that comes afterwards is well worth it, especially when you see the gratitude on the victims face.
Stand up, never let these summer people bully you or anyone else. We locals are not submissive servants, we are all humans. Bonackers built this town and we got nothing in return but pain and aggravation. One person deserves just as much respect and backup as the next, no matter how rich or poor.