The other night I was walking home around Queen & Sherbourne streets. This is not a great neighbourhood. While I've never had a problem there, there are a lot of drug addicts, dealers, and hookers of questionable hygiene.
As I strolled along, suddenly a man leapt out of the doorway right beside me. In the blink of an eye I turned, aiming my fist towards his face. At the last second, I realized that he wasn't looking at me. He was focussed on a car around 15’ away from me. There was a parking cop giving him a ticket, and he was rushing to save himself some trouble. I quickly pulled back my arm and leaned out of his way
I don’t know if he realized that he nearly got decked HARD. Between my throwing the punch, and the speed at which he was moving toward me, it would have been a painful collision for both of us!
I don't know if I would have been in the wrong for assuming that someone jumping from the shadows is suspicious (in a druggy neighbourhood), or if he'd be in the wrong for just leaping out without looking to see what's coming.