Terrifying scenario in Quay Street
I WAS on the telephone when a total stranger approached me.
I asked if I could help him and he insisted on waiting until I finished my phone call as he waited to discuss something with me.
I finished my call and the man proceeded to tell me how he was qualified and was looking for work.
I explained there were no opportunities with my company here, so I couldn’t help him.
After listening to how he was homeless and just out of jail, I explained to him that while I felt sorry for his situation, there was nothing I could do to help.
I began to move away and he blocked me. He said if I walked away he would cut my head off with the knife he was carrying.
So I stayed and continued to listen.
Reeking of stale beer and cigarettes, he started telling me about his situation of being mentally ill, his numerous visits to jail and his family situation.
He began crying and said he didn’t care about anything and didn’t know what he was doing. I asked him if there were any programs that could help him get a new start and he just laughed at me.
He said, “I just feel like killing someone”, and I told him that wouldn’t help the situation.
I asked why he could not move to gain work and he explained that while he had the tickets for heavy machinery, the mines rejected him because he wasn’t experienced enough and he had no transport to get to a capital city or move his belongings.
He said he was an alcoholic and could not even afford to buy a kebab.
He said he might just come inside the building with me and blow it up.
I asked him if he just wanted me to call the police so he could spend the night in lock-up, but he said he could do that himself, he has been picked up before.
Next he started aggressively questioning my personal situation and family income, but I refused to answer him and told him it was none of his business.
He threatened to smash me into the bonnet of the car parked nearby.
I said that while I felt sorry for him there was nothing I could do for him and that I had respected and listened patiently to him.
He then confronted me again as I was trying to leave and after some tense moments thanked me for listening and left.
– The businessman’s name has been withheld at his request.