I was in a cab this morning, heading to a meeting with a client when something very strange (and potentially disturbing) happened. We were stuck in traffic in a four-lane highway (EDSA, to those who live here in the Philippines) when a gang of 4 teens, each possibly no older than sixteen at most ran over from the side of the road and tried to open all four doors of the cab I was in.
They tried the handles, hoping that the door was open and all of them began hammering the windows with their fists. Luckily both I and my co-worker had locked all the doors to the taxi prior to this. The intent of this marauding gang of teens was to make a quick grab, opening a door and seizing any bags, laptops or other items inside while people were stunned from surprise. One kid was also supposed to try and make a grab for the cashbox of the cab driver while people were confused.
It was a distressing incident, I recall grabbing the inside door handle and glaring at the kid who was hammering at the windows, but they ran away after they realized that the doors couldn’t be opened and that they had lost the element of surprise.
Not exactly something that you’d expect to happen in the modern day, and the first thing that came to mind after the shock wore off was “Holy crap, someone rolled a weird result on the random encounter table.” Geeky, yes, but certainly appropriate. It got me thinking though, what other strange encounters have you guys ever had? It could be something that happened personally to you, or to someone you know, but it has to be something that really makes for a weird encounter. Care to share your stories? I’m all ears, post them in the comments below!