He Loved His Volunteer Work at a Retirement Community, but Then He Encountered a Strange Woman Who Took Exception to His Friendly Nod

A man recently shared a story online of how his unpaid job delivering food to a retirement community took a strange turn when he unintentionally earned himself a nemesis who objected to his friendly demeanor. Here’s what he had to say.

Unpaid volunteer

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The man wrote, “I do a considerable amount of unpaid community volunteering. One of these gigs is delivering lunches to the people living in a retirement community, which I’ve been doing for the last couple of years.”

Quiet guy

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“I’m not a terribly social person; I’ll chit-chat with the people I’m delivering food to,” he added.  “But if I encounter anyone in the halls or on the elevator, I simply give a customary nod and ‘hello’ to acknowledge their existence.”

Focused on the job

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The man didn’t really have time for pleasantries. He had around 20 deliveries to do in a short space of time, so he was always focused on his task.

New tenant

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A new woman moved into the building. She was pretty cantankerous. The man nodded at her while he was on his rounds, and she said, “I don’t accept your nod.” He presumed she was just joking around.

Mistaken assumption

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The man was delivering food a few days later, and the new tenant came out of the elevator. Again, he nodded, but this time, she replied, “We’re not friends, and I don’t accept your acknowledgment.” Once more, he thought she was being funny.

Third-time lucky

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The next time he saw the woman, he went for the nod again, but this time with a beaming smile. However, she replied, “I will NEVER accept your nod,” before telling him that he would be “dead by Friday.”

The situation escalates

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By now, he realized the woman was not joking. Over the course of a few weeks, she started to wait for him in the lobby. When she saw him, she hurled abuse at him, including calling him a “white devil.”

Strange accusation

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The man was confused. He is of Native American ancestry, while the woman is of European heritage. However, her racist comments were where he drew the line.

Formulating a plan

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The man knew this couldn’t go on. He needed to come up with a plan to stop this odd woman in her tracks. He thought it over carefully.

Building manager

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He saw the building manager and struck up a conversation. She was interested in his work, so he offered her a chance to follow him on his rounds. They went to the lobby.

Lying in wait

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Sure enough, his nemesis was there. He locked eyes with her and gave a big nod. She erupted and shouted her usual bile at him. The building manager took note and promised him that wouldn’t happen again.

Was the man right?

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The man never saw the woman again. He shared his story in an online forum to ask what they thought.

The internet responded

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One poster wrote, “That woman was all kinds of… I’m not even sure! Angry? Confused? Bitter? I applaud your patience and ability to come up with a clever solution without going too far.”

While another chimed in to say, “After you left, the building manager went to her suite and pretty much told her that if it happens anymore, she will be kicked out for cause, and everything that implies.”

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