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New Appreciation of What Insanity Means...

The truy insane. The ones who are really just plain scary and you think thy're about to stab you any second.

SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED OUT IN PUBLIC.

Dave and me have just had a really tense 45 minutes with someone (a Polish guy) who is so not on planet Earth it's unbelieveable.

We occasinal have customers who worry us - in the "shop lifter alert" kind of way.

We occasionally have people in the shop that our Spidey-senses tingle with worries about the till being nicked. We've even had people in the shop (very rarely luckily) who threated physical violence.

This guy, without using any threatening behaviour at all, wa the most scary and unnerving person I think we've ever had.

Part of me is glad to be able to write this.

I never appreciated what insanity means until an hour ago.

I might have a stiff drink tonight.

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alasdair1076
Jan. 21st, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
You okay? I've had similar experiences and know exactly how unsettling it can be. Feel free to PM me if you need someone to talk to about it.
angusabranson
Jan. 21st, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
Fine. Just unnerved and hoping he doesn't decide to come back.

Ever.
crookedmonkey
Jan. 21st, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
what happened hun? Hope you guys are ok.
angusabranson
Jan. 21st, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we're ok.

Just glad things like that are a real rarity.

Reminds me why I want to quit retail and move fulltime into publishing though.
karohemd
Jan. 21st, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
What did he actually do?
serpentstar
Jan. 21st, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
Heh-heh, you should try running an occult bookshop sometime -- you get used to it! Though I'm not sure it's entirely healthy to be used to it.
corone
Jan. 21st, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
Makes me glad my job involves sitting in a private box,
behind a locked door!

Hope you're all ok.
djonma
Jan. 21st, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
How do you get to decide who's truly insane?
And do you have any idea of what someone is really thinking?
As for if they're thinking of stabbing you... he didn't. That means something.

angusabranson
Jan. 21st, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
I don';t think he even knew what he was truly thinking. Certainly the babble coming out of his mouth, his actions and general behaviour certainly didn't seem to indicate that.

I believe he's since been arrested anyway. He was causing a nusinace in quite a few shops today it seems.

As for the not stabbing - yes, it means he didn't stab me. Good.
djonma
Jan. 21st, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
It means he probably hasn't been looked after properly by mental health services.
In this country, that's normal.
But by the way, by your reckoning, I shouldn't be allowed out in public.
angusabranson
Jan. 21st, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
I've never ever thought you scary and unnerving and about to stab me or anyone I've known.

Nor have I ever seen you act in any shape or form even 10% as mad as the guy in the shop today.

Whereabouts in "my reckoning" from the situation I described can you compare yourself to that?

I also agree that it's an issue with mental health (or immigration depending on how ong he's been in the country). I am also fully aware that British Mental Health care is poor and is getting increasingly worse with budge cuts.

I had an old girlfriend who didn't get the appropriate treatment she needed from the UK Mental Health Service to detrimental effect.

I also have a friend (the boss' wife) who works as a mental Health Nurse and hear the horror stories of having to release patients out early before they're ready due to budget cuts and the wholesale shutting down of traetment and day centres. She's already had to move jobs twice in the last 18 months due to institutions she's been hired at being either closed or reducing their staffs because of overheads.

Mental Health Care in the UK is in dire need of a financial boost. As are many scetors in the NHS, Education, etc. But it seems that the govenrment (which ever party is in power) doesn't really care about this and would much rather fund wars overseas costing hundreds of millions of pounds instead of actually helping fix things closer to home that are crumbling quickly.
djonma
Jan. 21st, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
No, I don't tend to act mad.
I am very good at hiding it.
But, I'll be honest - I do have thoughts of stabbing people, and I don't just mean thoughts.
I mean compulsions and urges.
I'm what could be termed as the classic insane psychopath, unfortunately.
But most people don't realise it.
djhive
Jan. 22nd, 2008 08:43 am (UTC)
Reminds me of my days when I was working in a gamestore :)

The people that passed by there where something else... There was the guy who knew 'the truth' (and had written a small book about it that he wanted to sell for a mere 400 euro), then there was the guy who thought he was a real Vampire (and I'm not talking in a funny LARPers way, this guy was REALLY off), the guy who thought he was a dragon (Again, someone who was dead serious about it and would get upset if you laughed at him), then there were the crank calls, one afternoon, and then...

Sometimes scary at the time, but nowadays, we still look back at it and laugh...
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