I need your advice on something that happened to me yesterday.
I'm not quite sure if this is the right category but I didn't find a more fitting one, and this one corresponds with my reaction, so here goes:
I went to the supermarket after work and kept running into an obviously (you could smell it from one aisle over) drunk man babbling comments to himself. I avoided him as much as I could, but as coincidence has it, he came to stand right behind me at the checkout counter.
There he proceeded to mumble obscenities - I don't want to go into detail, but he went on to illustrate in very vulgar terms what he would like to do should I end up in his bedroom.
I have a thick enough skin to find this annoying, but not feel threatened. He was intoxicated to a degree where I could have probably knocked him out by coughing in his direction and I figured he possibly didn't realize he said all that out loud.
But I did ponder whether I should turn around and confront him, and had children been present, who would most likely have been fazed a lot more by his behaviour than I was, I definitely would have done so.
As it was, I chose to ignore him, as he made no move to touch or follow me and went on his way, prattling on, not even looking at me, after he had paid his groceries.
Was I right to let it go, or should I have said something?
You know how it is; you mull over clever comebacks after incidents like that one, and had he gone on harrassing me, I would have liked to say something to the effect of "Sir, first, if you're not aware, I can hear everything you are saying, second, if you are aware, I would like to point out that what you are doing is sexual harrassment, so if I hear you say -censored- or -censored- one more time, I will call the police."
Trouble is, I wouldn't want to make empty threats and I wasn't sure if murmuring obscenities aimed at me and loud enough for me to hear would count as a case of harrassment strong enough to be taken seriously when calling the authorities. I sent an e-mail to the police inquiring about that, also asking how far he would theoretically be able to go before I could ask for a patrol to come by. I'm curious what their reply will be.