The Discretion of a Man

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In February 2001, at the West Pasco Judicial Center in New Port Richey, Florida, a man took out his frustration on the wrong motorist.

A 30-year-old man pulled his car into a space in the parking lot on a busy Monday morning.

However, Bill Waters,* a 26-year-old shipping manager for a local business, wanted that space.

According to a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office report, Waters saw the 30-year-old walking toward the courthouse and drove toward him, forcing the man to turn away to avoid the car. Unfortunately for Waters, the man was a Pasco County Sheriff’s undercover deputy.

You tried to hit me over a parking space?The deputy went back to his car to get his gun, a report said. “He was in fear that (Waters) might approach him again,” the report read. Waters got out of his car, “You want to talk to me, (expletive)?” he said.

“Yeah, did you just try to hit me with your car?” replied the Deputy.

“Yeah, (expletive), I tried to hit you because you took my parking space.”

Deputy, “Wait a minute. You tried to hit me over a parking space?”

Waters then clinched his fists, “Yeah, (expletive), what are you going to do about it?” That is when the deputy showed Waters his badge.

Waters got back in his car, and drove off. About an hour later, he was arrested.1

According to Proverbs 19:11, “The discretion (intelligence, prudence) of a man makes him slow to anger.”

“Keep your temper! Nobody else wants it! When under fire, how easy it is to give offending ones a piece of our minds, which results in our losing our own peace of mind.”2

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* Name changed for privacy.


  1. 1. St. Pete Times, Saturday, February 17, 2001. “Driver Charged In Parking Rage.”
  2. 2. Knight’s Master Book Of New Illustrations, by Walter B. Knight, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, MI., 1956, p. 465.