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A man shouted at me in the woods

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CaptainCabinets Tue 07-Apr-20 19:01:24

Walking my dog in the woods as I normally would (I go there because it’s quiet, spacious and we usually see nobody else) and a man who was also walking his dog there started ranting and raving that ‘all of you people need to go home and stop coming here, we don’t want you here, don’t you understand anything about the virus?!’

Note that my dog was under control and did not approach him or his dog (too busy sniffing trees). We were several metres from them.

For reference, I am a nurse looking after Covid patients so apart from going to work and coming home, I am doing nothing except walking my dog once a day so we can both get some fresh air.

AIBU for walking my dog alone in the woods by my house?! This man seemed to forget he was ALSO OUT WALKING.

CottonSock Tue 07-Apr-20 19:02:08


CottonSock Tue 07-Apr-20 19:02:38

Unless they were private woods, belonging to him?

theseriousmoonlight Tue 07-Apr-20 19:02:53

You can't argue with crazy.

Theweasleytwins Tue 07-Apr-20 19:02:57

What a complete idiot

daisypond Tue 07-Apr-20 19:03:36

Did you not say anything?

HeartyGreenSalad Tue 07-Apr-20 19:04:06

Why didn't you tell him you were a local?

NeutralJanet Tue 07-Apr-20 19:04:08

Ignore him. He's not the police, he can't tell you not to go for a walk. Bet he wouldn't have started on you if you were a 6 foot rugby playing bloke.

OmgThereAreNoPlanesAboveMeNow Tue 07-Apr-20 19:04:17

It's obvious he thought you are a tourist or smth. Do you live in a popular area?

WombatStewForTea Tue 07-Apr-20 19:04:56

I suspect he thought you were someone who doesn't normally work there and had gone somewhere they don't normally. I keep seeing it on social media but these people don't seem to understand that these people have always walked there but because of commuting and not working from home just walked at a different time

CaroleFuckinBaskin Tue 07-Apr-20 19:05:08

What a twat.

Thisismytimetoshine Tue 07-Apr-20 19:05:54

Were you on his land?

Bufferingkisses Tue 07-Apr-20 19:05:59

How far did you travel to get to the woods?

CaptainCabinets Tue 07-Apr-20 19:06:23

Public woods.

@daisypond I told him the above and that we were local and he said he’d never seen us before. This was apparently not good enough for him and he started shouting that the woods were ‘normally quiet at this time of day and now everyone is coming here’ - I saw only him and his dog during our entire 90 minute walk around the place.

CaptainCabinets Tue 07-Apr-20 19:08:04

@Bufferingkisses as stated in the OP, they are by my house. It takes approximately seven minutes to walk there.

I live in a village that isn’t exactly a tourist hotspot grin

NeverTwerkNaked Tue 07-Apr-20 19:11:50

Of course yanbu.

TomPinch Tue 07-Apr-20 19:15:45

What was he doing there then?

Littlebelina Tue 07-Apr-20 19:16:52

You don't live in the south east do you op? There was someone on village resident group ranting about woods in our village being busy this evening. Had to sit on my hands to avoid pointing out he was one of the ones making them busy (obviously some else did as it's been deleted).

Ignore him anyway (places like woods are going to get busy as gyms etc are closed and exercise is the only outlet for lots of people)

Darbs76 Tue 07-Apr-20 19:17:39

He is unreasonable. My local park is much busier but I don’t start shouting at people.

Darbs76 Tue 07-Apr-20 19:18:04

For your safety best to ignore though. I have an attack alarm hanging from my dog walking bag, just incase

CaptainCabinets Tue 07-Apr-20 19:19:11

@Littlebelina I do indeed...a village beginning with S, perchance?

EnoughAlready2020 Tue 07-Apr-20 19:20:59

The woods belong to him didn't you know?! 🙄

CaptainCabinets Tue 07-Apr-20 19:21:12

Don’t get me wrong, I am enraged by groups of people congregating but shouting at lone women walking their dogs in secluded woods is not high on my agenda confused

Littlebelina Tue 07-Apr-20 19:22:25

Yes! Woods behind the primary school?

CaptainCabinets Tue 07-Apr-20 19:23:16

@Littlebelina grin oh dear, has he taken to Facebook?! He really must be cross confused

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