Helen StaudingerStolen stripper poles, pink guns, and now this: retaliation for a refused kiss with gunfire from 92-year-old Helen Staudinger's semi-automatic handgun. Coincidentally, all three incidents occurred in my home state of Florida. Lucky me.
Staudinger seems to have been under the impression that she and 53-year-old neighbor Dwight Bettner had a romantic liaison going on. Bettner says that he has been neighborly with Staudinger, helping her with her trash and getting her a part for her stove, but that there was no relationship. He even told Staudinger that he had a girlfriend.
When Bettner wouldn't kiss her goodbye, and after he told her to leave his house, an incensed Staudinger got the semi-automatic handgun from her house and came out shooting. Luckily for Bettner, she missed. All four times.
Staudinger's mug shot makes me feel sad for her. Ninety-two years old and living alone. And rejection can really be painful both emotionally and physically, that punched in the gut feeling. But reacting to it by trying to shoot your rejector? Not a good choice. A few other poor choices to make when handling rejection:
Rejection sucks. Having someone say they don't want to be with you anymore, or even just deflecting your romantic advances, hurts. But there are healthier ways to handle rejection than grabbing your semi and shooting.
The best things to do? Face reality and move on. Take the time to do the things that you enjoy with the people you are close to. Let your friends help you keep your emotions in check. And don't watch any romantic comedies. Time heals all wounds, but gunshot scars are forever.
What are some of the ways you've handled rejection?
Image via Marion County Sheriff