OK, so, I got mugged on Saturday afternoon, about 3 pm - in broad daylight, right on Gravois Ave. at Ohio/Lynch. Right in front of the architecturally magnificent St. Francis de Sales Oratory.
Here's what's weird: the teenager who hit me upside the head, knocking my glasses off my face, took only the food (from Burger King, of all places) I was carrying in my left hand. Not my wallet, cell phone, or anything else. In the process, I also dropped the sodas I was carrying. Total loss: $14.48 in admittedly unhealthy food.
Nevertheless, I was pretty shaken up by the whole mess. I got home ok thanks to a good samaritan neighbor who drove me the few blocks. But, I'm still feeling anxious about it. At least the pain in my right temple seems to have disappeared.
We did call the police non-emergency number about an hour later, but it just didn't seem worthwhile to file a report. I know that's a bad thing, but I couldn't identify the kid; he came at me from behind.
What was stolen was so trivial; but I was still pretty damned angry! I had seen this group of 6 or 7 young men walking along Gravois - it seems fair to call it a gang - but I should have been paying more attention.
Anyway, it's not the first time I've had a strange altercation on the street with somebody, but it's the most recent and probably the most shockingly violent.
I've had people throw stuff at me and yell profanities and insults from moving cars a few times - but that usually happens in the suburbs, where hardly anybody else walks.
In high school, a (probably) homeless guy tried to take my tennis racket from me on the #95 Kingshighway bus. The tennis racket belonged to my school, so I didn't really want to have to pay for it, and I got it back after a small struggle. But after that I walked the mile or so from 5017 Washington to the Barnes Hospital (Richard C. Hudlin Memorial) tennis courts for practice.
I also had a strange incident outside Saint Louis Centre one time where a young woman rammed into me, shouted something incoherent, but didn't take anything. That was several years ago.
And twice my wallet was stolen at UMSL; once, from my bookbag in the library, and a couple years later, right off the desk in my dorm room while I was down the hall in the bathroom.
Also I find it rather ironic that, as I had noted earlier on Saturday, I rode MetroBus all through "dangerous" North St. Louis that day, taking the #30 Soulard and #04 Natural Bridge to go to UMSL; and then taking MetroLink (the section that was open), the #94 Page from Wellston to downtown, and the #10 Gravois back south. I don't recall ever having problems in North St. Louis, either on the bus or while at a bus stop or visiting a library, store, agency, or school. Admittedly I don't spend that much time there, but I guess it could be I'm just a little more cautious when I do travel through or visit places there than in other places.
So, I just need to be equally cautious everywhere I go, whatever time of day it is.
Between this, our $400 bill from Laclede Gas based on a highly inaccurate estimate, and significantly increased minimum payments on some of our credit cards thanks to new federal regulations, I feel like I'm getting robbed from all sides!