Riding home from work, I approached an intersection with a big pedestrian crossing. The light was green in my favour. There was a lull in the motorised traffic around me, so quite a few people began to cross the road. I slowed down and most people who were looking hesitated to let me go past before they started to cross. But one young woman with headphones on stepped out without even looking to her right - very typical headphone-wearer behaviour.
"Watch out!" I called in a friendly warning tone and then immediately, as I was almost on top of her, "Watch out!" in a more urgent tone.
She looked up in time to avoid a collision and then said as I rode past her, "F*ck you".
If I were her, I'd have been saying "Oh sorry". I had right of way and was in the right. I helped her avoid an accident. She was lucky I wasn't a bus. But she turned her surprise into abuse.
The fact that it came from a woman upset me. I've had similar from men plenty of times, because they hate being put in the wrong in public and they hate being made to feel stupid [which is how they apparently perceive it] by a woman on a bike. That a woman was so hostile in such an ordinary encounter which requires civility on all sides, I find depressing.