In 2018, I was visiting San Diego for a conference. I rented one of those electric-scooters which were all the rage when we were down there (very cool if you ask me). I was riding on the road (as directed) when I'd consistently be hitting potholes or be nearly run over by a car! I felt rather unsafe and noticing that very few people were on the sidewalk, I made the decision to switch.
I was approaching this middle-aged white man who was walking his dog. Despite it being a fairly wide sidewalk, the white man was standing on one side and his dog on the other, with the leash stretched out in between. At one point, I thought he was moving towards the same side as his dog so that I'd be able to get around but suddenly he wasn't. I had to hit the breaks hard to avoid running into them. As soon as I stopped right behind them, the white man turned to look at me while I began to apologize profusely.
What happened next, was completely unexpected.
The older white man began yelling at me that I should be on the road, not the sidewalk. I apologized again and said I would get back on the road at the intersection (about 20 ft ahead), when he kept screaming at me that NO I HAD to get on the road right here *pointing aggressively* (mind you cars were racing past and I was in no way comfortable). I stood my ground and told him I would go back on the road at the intersection.
As he continued to walk his dog, I followed behind walking the scooter to the intersection.
During this entire time, not only did he not stop yelling, his dog was also barking aggressively at me as well. In fact, he began saying many things including, "You're a f*cking c*nt and you deserve to die." "If my dog bites you, that's not my problem."
You get the picture.
At the intersection, I sped off on the road... utterly shaken.