As I was walking north on Laurel today, passing the post office, an older1 woman walking south — nicely dressed, nothing odd about her — passed an Hispanic/Asian2 family, including a young teen boy, also going north.
And proceeded to lambast them about needing to go home to their own country, because they weren’t wanted here. She also complained about how unfair it was she had to live with such people. She glanced at me as we passed each other, giving me one of those non-verbal signs that mean “can you believe what you & I have to put up with?”
I was totally flabbergasted. I’ve read about terrible behavior like this…but in San Carlos?!? In broad daylight? In public? At lunch time when there were people around?
I picked up my pace to go talk to the folks she’d insulted, reaching them just before they got to Harrington Park. I told them I was on the Council and said while I knew it wouldn’t mean much, I wanted to apologize on behalf of the community for what they’d been subjected to. I told them the vast majority of people in San Carlos were decent folk who welcomed visitors and that I hoped they’d enjoy their visit to our fine city.
I think I got through to them. I hope it helped correct a sad experience.