Forgot to add a personal example.
I was in a movie theater at the premier of Gladiator. To make a long story short, a woman sitting directly behind me had her phone on, it rang, and
she decided to answer it right then and there and hold a conversation. As a paying customer, I was highly annoyed, turned around, and asked her
politely to take it outside. A few minutes later, I was escorted to the lobby. The woman was there with the manager, who explained that I was being
asked to leave the theater and not return. Why? Because the woman said that when I turned around, being a big guy with long arms, I "raised my arm
as if to strike her". In reality, I did so simply to turn, crooked my elbow so as NOT
to accidentally touch her because the distance was as
such that I could have, and by no means made anywhere near a threatening gesture.
I got into a heated exchange with the woman. Not ten seconds after she told me she was a god fearing christian, she said "And I bet you've got a
small pr*ck, too!". This was more than enough to make me unconsciously take a step forward, and I was about ready to clock this woman out of shear
anger and outrage at her. She felt "protected" because she could do so due to gender and get away with it. Personally, whereas I'd never
intentionally strike a woman without provocation, if a woman starts something such as a physical attack I'd respond in like fashion. Yeah, not a
popular stance, but that by no means gives a woman the right to strike a man and get away with it. At that point, gloves are off.
Realizing what was about to happen, I regained my composure, and left while the manager was calling the police. I was in the garage at my car long
before the po-po showed up.
It was a no win situation. Small woman, 6'3 400lb man. Of COURSE
I meant to behave "threateningly" when I asked her to take it outside.
Yeah, uh-huh. Right. Couldn't have been the farthest thing from the truth at that time.
Later, it was a different story.
No, this is not the quite
the same thing as the OP's story. But, the theater manager was well within his right to ask me to leave, and then
to call the police. I did the best thing possible by gaining some degree of composure and leaving before it escalated even further.
Just as the father from the story should have.
P.S. - Yeah, long story, not made short