I have once seen a pioneer hit a dog with his suit case. The dog had been running at/attacking us and crawled back to its owner.
I have also ran back to our car while a man chased us with a baseball bat.
I have been verbally abused countless of times.
And yet, the most horrific experience I can remember was my dad striking a long and passionate conversation with a man that was shovelling manure. For about 30 minutes, I had to stand there, resisting my urge to puke!