BG: I have an ex-BIL who is an ex for good reason. He's an abrasive jerk. We never spent any more time around him than was necessary, and after my sister left him, he really hasn't crossed our minds for any reason.
So this morning, Lapis was gassing up the van after getting off work when he noticed a vehicle start to pull away, then reverse back to the pumps. The door opened and "Bert" boils out. He storms up to Lapis and says, "I've been meaning to talk to you for 3 or 4 years now."
Lapis just looked at him, and "Bert" went on to say, "You said in front of Joe Blow and Bill Schmill (names Lapis did not recognize) that you were going to make me *something extremely vulgar and insulting*. You wanna try that now?"
Lapis said, calmly, "I have absolutely no idea what you're talking about."
Bert snapped, "I had a feeling you were going to lie about it," and then he beat it back to his vehicle, hopped in and took off.
Honestly, how completely random. I have no idea if he mistook Lapis for someone else, or someone told this on Lapis and Bert believed it, or what, but who stews on some OTT bit of hearsay for years before confronting the person in a parking lot?
(BTW, I'm pretty certain Lapis didn't say anything of the sort. He doesn't know the men mentioned, Bert literally never crosses his mind, and the particular quote attributed to him is not one he's ever used, ever. He's no verbal angel, but that one is just not his style.)
I don't expect it to come up again - Bert's the type to blow up once and then forget about it - but how does
one handle this kind of random ambush of the crazy? I'd wonder what Bert hoped to accomplish by it, but then I doubt he thinks that far ahead.