Mate, I've been on the receiving end of those wee rats here in Newcastle.
I found it hilarious to be honest.
I'm from Belfast and I've had my fair share of encounters over there, only we call them 'steeks' or 'hoods'.
I need to add, I have never had a fight in my life and never want to.
But in my first year at Uni in the Toon, I lived quite close to a small estate and the off license there had pretty cheap cider, so we'd go there for
Anyway, on the way to the shop, a gang of them - maybe 6 or 7 were doin the usual hangin around, fulfilling their lives (as they do).
As I walked, one said quite quietly, "givvuz a tab ya poof".
I nealy burst out laughing - I have a shaved head, beard and at that time, wore my biker jacket constantly. I looked like Nick Olivieri from Queens of
the Stone Age apparently - not remotely what would be considered "...a poof".
So I ignored it and walked past and got the the shop, got what I needed and rolled a cigarette for the walk aback.
This time as I walked past smoking, the same wee ratbag said "I said givvuz a tab man".
So I said "sorry mate, I've no cigarettes" (which was technically true as I only had tobacco) - to which he unleashed a torrent of expletives about
So I turned back and roared "What the f*** did you just say ya wee s***?"
The funniest part was one of them (and it was a boy as far as I could tell) screamed "F**k - he's from Belfast" and the lot of them ran, shouting
"sarry mate" behind them.
I was in creases of laughter on the way back, as were my flatmates.
They are a blight on society for sure, but their bravado exists only on the premise that you're scared of them.
They are most certainly not prepared for you not to be.
I like to think I would help someone out if, like the OP, they were being abused. The stickler is, you don't know what some of these kids are
carrying, weapon-wise. They're sneaky and deceitful and wouldn't hesitate to all join in the fight.
To the OP - I'm glad you're ok mate. Avoid the wee ratbags if possible, and if all else fails, put on a Belfast accent!!!