Two things today have annoyed me.
Some people are shits, if they’re being uncivil like that, you are allowed to be uncivil in return, it’s what they call out over themselves.
It helps if you think up flippant replies, to use at a hypothetical next occassion. Play scenes out in your head, if you must.
And remember what Susan said: don’t get scared (or sad, or dispairing), get angry. Anger gives you energy and adrenaline to be a rude shit right back at those rude shits.
You’re right, of course. I just never seem to ever have mastered quick-witted replies. I’m about as bad as my dog when it comes to communication with my own species. Especially when you’re hoping that they might be more understanding, being (in this case) fellow dog owners and all.