A foul-mouthed motorist subjected a woman to a tirade of abuse before taking her keys and kicking her car following a minor incident at a garage.
Elaine Hollier, 59, was putting air into the tyres of her car at the BP Garage in Ashdown Drive, Tilgate, when the air hose accidently clipped a nearby car which was being vacuumed by its driver.
“He was like a petulant two-year-old lying on the floor kicking his heels. You don’t need that sort of reaction over such a trivial matter.”Elaine Hollier
No damage was caused and Elaine, of Bewbush, apologised but said she was gobsmacked when the man “exploded” into a rage and began verbally abusing her.
She said: “His first words were unprintable. Every other word was ‘F’ or ‘C’. He was walking around and throwing his arms up in the air. Imagine a child being in a paddy and putting ‘F’ and ‘C’ into every other word. His command of the English language was not good.”
Rather than responding to the man, Elaine finished filling her tyres and tried to ignore him. She said she was “shocked and a little bit frightened” by his actions and added: “It just went on and on. He just exploded.
“Had it been his pride and joy that he had worked years to achieve, I could have understood a little more. But it was a company car. Even if I drove into it at 30mph he would not have had to pay a penny.”
But her ordeal was not over. When Elaine got into her car, intent on moving it to the petrol pumps, the man yanked open her car door.
She said: “He was still effing and blinding and getting redder and redder and he took the keys.”
The man then told Elaine to move her car – but she pointed out she could not do so when he had her keys.
After returning the keys, he got into his car and drove away.
Elaine contacted the police and described her assailant as “obnoxious, over-bearing and a bully”.
She added: “He was like a petulant two-year-old lying on the floor kicking his heels. You don’t need that sort of reaction over such a trivial matter.”
The man was white, aged 40-45, 6ft tall with short dark hair. He was wearing a white business style shirt, dark trousers, dark rimmed spectacles and had short stubble.
The incident happened at around 11am on February 17.
Witnesses, including a man who left his number which Elaine unfortunately took down incorrectly, can call police on 101 quoting serial number 605 of 17/02.