I'll lay it down briefly because I know what most of will tell me - Sunday night, about midnight, and I'm sitting outside with some locals chatting about this and that.
Suddenly we hear the familiar sound of a car collision, so we walk down to the road to have a gander. Out of this black Audi Q7 jumps a guy, he's just rear-ended a taxi. He charges the taxi driver, doing some kungfu stylee kicks, shouting his head off. The taxi driver isn't fighting back, just defending himself (hands up, retreating).
So I shout out to the guy to leave the taxi driver alone. Guy then charges me, venting on "waiguoren this, waiguoren that, you don't belong here waiguoren, get out my country you waiguoren filth", grabs my collar, shoving me about a bit, getting in a couple of kicks. Then he goes at another foreigner with me and they tussle a bit. But he wants me, and comes at me again, grabs my SA supporter jersey and manages to rip it in half. I break away and back off. The locals tell me to get away for a bit, this is Chinese business, so I do.
I change shirts and tentatively head out where I can get a view of the accident, but out of his way. He's still raging (like he’s being victimized), but by now the locals have assembled en masse and about 25 taxis. He's on the phone, doing the classic cowardly gangster thing by calling his posse. Over the next half an hour about 20 or so of them arrive, and so do the (useless) cops. Again the locals tell me to stay away, as he's threatened to chop off my hands and feet if he or his clowns can get at me.
My question is, is/was this guy..?
3. Arrogant rick prick
4. Gangster filth
5. Army filth (lots on the mainland, they basically are the gangsters here)
6. A racist prick
7. All of the above
And was I an idiot for telling him to lay off the taxi driver? I expect some of you will say yes to this question. I have a habit of trying to stop fights and/or defend the underdog. And yes, I don’t particularly like the newly rich (especially here), so maybe I spoke out because of that.
I’m quite sad about the SA jersey, but it was nice to see the locals siding with/protecting/covering me.