There were only a few escorts out on Saturday a few weeks ago. Thankfully, there were not many antis either.
Two of us were standing by the private parking lot clients have permission to park in. M joined us as soon as the doors of the clinic opened. M was using the usual tactics of pushing, shoving and holding up a plastic fetus in the clients’ faces.
One client closed their eyes and faced towards me to avoid M. I kept talking and directed the client, still with her eyes closed, while we crossed the street. This must have frustrated M because she moved around to my other side trying to get into the client’s line of vision. I’m not sure how M thought the client could see with her eyes closed, but logic is not one of M’s strong points.
How close was M? Close enough to step on the back of my shoe and pull it off. I reacted by saying, “M, you are too close. Don’t take my shoes off.”
We must have made an interesting procession to watch: me limping until I could get my shoe back on; M pushing against me; the client with their eyes shut.
What I cannot understand is how hard the concept of personal space seems to be for M to understand.
This is insane. I wonder why she thinks she can get away with that. Oh, yeah, because she does get away with it. If she acted like this any place else, like a mall or by another doctor’s office, she’d be told to leave by security, and if she did not leave, she’d be arrested. Doesn’t it make you want to have a spiked (on the outside) blanket to wrap around the client and yourself?
M told me one time she has been doing this for over 20 years, so she thinks she can get away with it because she has for so long. The only time she will tone it down a notch is if police are present, but that is just a notch. The sidewalk in front of the clinic is like no other place I can think of where people interact. You are right, any other place would have different consequences for her actions. A spiked blanket would be nice.
Well, there ARE spiked jackets, arm bands, etc! LOL!