Did I handle this situation correctly or was I too harsh?
This past Monday, I had an appointment with my HMO PCP. I checked in, went into the inner waiting room, and started reading a magazine. This man came up to me, stuck out his hand, and said, "My name is Bill, I volunteer here on Thursdays." I just glanced up from my magazine and replied, "I'm not in the mood for conversation, go away." He huffed a bit and left the room, leaving me with a few people who gave me the "what the ...., lady?" look.
There is a background: A few years ago, when I was going through the worst of my back problems, I was visiting the spine clinic at least once a month. One day, Bill came up to me, introduced himself, and started talking to me. The first time, I thought he was just a friendly volunteer, the second time, I thought it was a confidence, the third time, he stated that he was looking for a girlfriend and what about it? I replied I was married and not interested. I thought that would be the end of it. The fourth time, he approached me again and asked me if I would be his girlfriend. I reminded that I told him I was married and not interested. He persisted until I was called to the back, at which point, I told the nurse about him. After that, I didn't see him again until Monday.
I called the volunteer coordinator and informed her of my run-ins with Bill, and asked that she do something to stop him from bothering women, or at least me. She told me Bill was a special-needs person (which I had guessed) and he was very proud of being a volunteer. I said I understood, but I still would like to visit that facility w/o fear of being pestered. She promised to talk to him/his parents. The whole exchange left me feeling that she thought I was overreacting and should have been more understanding due to his disability.