Never in your wildest dreams, would you expect to have her become the subject of some race baited road rage incident, have to call the cops and then become the subject of some hateful social media messages, calling her every name in the book and labeling her a racist bigot especially since you live in Ballentyne.
Apparently the driver of a black Nissan SUV with the vanity license plate COCOAS is not very patient and a whole lot of angry.
The victim who is named Anna describes what happened in her own words:
"I've lived in this neighborhood for 6 years and never experienced something so shocking. This morning around 9, I was making the right out of Thornhill from Meadow Run Lane, onto Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Lots of traffic, so I guess she thought I was taking too long. She honked at me several times, drove up beside me, called me a BITCH and then proceeded to try to make a right turn IN FRONT OF ME. She said she lives in this neighborhood. This is pathetic and dangerous. If you know her, tell her I've filed a police report."
|Road Raging Paula|
|Road Raging Paula Says ….|
Well a couple hours later the road raging woman who happens to be African American decides to continue her rage on line:
"My name is Paula Brown and I’ve lived in the neighborhood for years also! First and foremost I was making a left on Ballantyne Commons not a right. Second of all I’m not the one who blew the horn, it was the car behind me.
|Amazingly Paula Includes her photo|
When I went to take the left you started shouting belligerent names at me with my kids in the car, and telling me to get out of your neighborhood.
What makes this your neighborhood? Is the fact that we are people of color that we don’t belong here?"
Whoa! Did she just play the race card?
"The remarks you made that “that’s why Trump wants to send me back” was so derogatory, and racist that I was aghast by the remark.
My kids ashamed, and embarrassed! I’d like to inform you that Cocoas is a chain of restaurants, with multiple locations, two here in Charlotte. I own these restaurants and have worked very hard to get where I am.
I’m not going to let your racism affect and effect my family, children and goals in life. You’re a pig and can kiss my black ass!"
Oh now this is fun she manages to cover Donald Trump and immigration and brag about her success all in one paragraph.
“I can’t wait to talk to the Police!”
Let us add a little more crazy to this cat fight, now a woman who identifies herself as Jennifer adds:
"The profanity in front of kids aside, are we now having to add "turning left while black" to the list of offenses that resulted in yet another panicked white person calling the police and from a person in our own neighborhood no less? Paula, please accept my apology on behalf of white people that don't act like this."
Later Paula adds:
"I’m the kindest person in the world, feeding the homeless and all! This lady is a lying fascist pig! And obviously needs some attention from someone!"
So now that we have a name for the Road Raging SUV driver things get really personal, Anna tells Paula she's having non of her nonsense:
"Paula, you know very well that you called me a BITCH and I never called you ANY names! I also didn't make this about your race, you did. Get a clue. You acted terribly this morning. You should be ashamed, feeding the homeless or not."
But Paula is not finished:
"You’re 12 year old should’ve been at school at 9:00 am. The kid you see in my truck will be 39 years old in January! And to hear the things you said effected him much more than the possibility of your 12 year old hearing the word “ bitch’ which is not true...Stop making excuses! You did not know I lived in the neighborhood, and it should’ve clued you when I posed for your picture and gave you my tag number. You pulled off before I did remember? And it’s Cocoa’s since you didn’t hear it right!"
|So here's our proud owner of Cocoa's at her store on Sugar Creek|
"Good bye lady! I don’t have time for this nonsense! Have a great day! I never honked my horn. It was the car behind me. That’s the fact! You should’ve never rolled your window down to say anything at all to me. I’m afraid to do that because it’s so many crazy people out here. That’s why we live in Thornhill because we feel safe! Or we use to anyway!"
Now at this point you might figure we are done, but nope add the voice of Charla to the mix:
"The back exit onto Ballantyne commons is not wide enough for 2 cars to be exiting at the same time. If one was turning right, all other cars should remain behind it until she has left the neighborhood. 2 cars- one turning right and one turning left leaves NO room for a car to come into the neighborhood on Meadow Run. Don't even begin to understand how this has become a race or political issue...."
And so once again our victim speaks up:
"Paula, you and I know what was said. You can keep up with the racist accusations, and live with that. I DON'T EVEN know where you got the Trump stuff from, but I would never curse you out in front of my kid, and not yours either (at least I thought he was). You have now called me a fascist, a racist, a pig, and a bitch. Sound like a stretch?"
Suddenly without warning Paula changes her tone:
"You’ll are right! I’m sorry Anna! This is just silly!"
So here's a thought guys be careful how you ask "how was your day?" when you walk though that front door tonight.
Cedar's Take: As the number of Yankee transplants grows so do the number of accidents. Rude and aggressive drivers like Paula will eventually get taken out by their own stupidity. The trouble is us Southerners know where we are going and we are not in a big hurry versus the transplants have no idea where they are going and they are in a crazy hurry to make up for the three wrong turns they just made. This is not a good mixture.
I have only one husband rule, never hook your horn, flip anyone off, roll down your window or get out of your car no matter what happens. OK so it is four rules and lets add leave enough room at all times between you and the car in front of you so that you can go around if they get out of their car for some wrong you have committed and come at you. Don't hesitate to run someone over to get away and if you feel threatened and you can't drive away you have a weapon, use it!