Here is a story out of Falmouth, Massachusetts. Up here in New Hampshire, Massachusetts folks are already well known for their manners and courteous driving. Uh huh.

Apparently, a 50-year-old man held the door open for a 38-year-old guy leaving a gas station. Not surprising, the 38-year-old walked through without a word.

To that, the 50-year-old guy who couldn’t leave well enough alone, utter a sarcastic “Thank Yoooou.”

Now we already established that the 38-year-old wasn’t keen on thanking people for holding open a door. So one could assume that he would be less than thrilled to be called out on it.

So now, the two men start yelling at each other in the parking lot. After a heated exchange, the 38-year-old goes to his car and pulls out something he would normally use during his nice relaxing hobby. A golf club. Ah, golf… what a calm gentleman’s game…

Well so much for that, the 38-year-old preceded to tee off on the victim several times, hitting the 50-year-old in the stomach and legs.

Police reported the victim suffered minor injuries. I caught the local TV news report late last night. They interviewed the victim, who lifted up his shirt to reveal a huge, purple and black bruise on the side of his stomach. Luckily no ribs were broken.

The 38-year-old man pleaded not guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in the Falmouth District Court on Tuesday. He was also ordered to stay away from the other man.

Not that I condone taking whacks at someone with a golf club, but couldn’t the other guy have just let the lack of manners go? I’m sure there was at least 2 times where this escalation could have been prevented.

First at the door, just walk in and be done with it.

Then second chance was when the argument started, and before clubs were pulled, just walk away.

If it will help, let me offer my sincerest thank you to all those who open doors and hold it for people. Even if they don’t appreciate the gesture, let it be known that I appreciate it. And if this show of good manners in any way helps prevent the next case of manner rage, it will all be worth it.

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