I popped into the supermarket for a few things after work today and found myself walking up an aisle alongside a couple who used to be in my Tuesday group. I see them reasonably often and always say hello much to their obvious annoyance. I noticed that Ian was sporting a shaggy beard. The aisle was empty apart from the three of us.
So as usual I said a big friendly hello to them both which was met with the usual staring at the ceiling.
Me - "You don't even go to the meetings anymore do you Ian?"
Ian - "That's none of your business"
Me - "I'm just curious about why you still behave this way when you're not even in the cult anymore".
Ian - (Getting up in my face) "Do you want me to hit you?"
Me - "Ian if you hit me I will f***ing deck you"
Ian's body language changes from aggressive to defensive "oh will you....."
Me - "Did you really just threaten me with violence for saying hello to you Ian? Really?"
In the past couple of weeks I have noticed that another JW who I see often and who usually manages polite hello was in full shun mode. I wonder if me making the cult cart run away is starting to annoy them.
Anyway I am looking forward to the seeing Ian again. This little incident will provide ammunition for weeks of teasing.