I am someone who likes to rib folks (in real life) but I have learned that not everyone is the same and what's ribbing to one person may be a malicious attack to another. I "get" that and so I try to be careful and not over do it or at all if I get the vibe that the person I'm ribbing is sensitive to the subject matter in which I'm ribbing, I am not a monster and really like people a lot but I don't want to stifle myself, I can't take myself too seriously or I'll just die.....no, really, I'd probably just fall right over if I was told I can't be myself anymore.
The point of all of this are some folks that I have encountered who "can't take it" but LOVE to dish it out are seriously screwed up, in my humble opinion ( IMHO). There are two family members who give it to me but good and we all laugh and when I stifle myself the one just goes for the throat but if joke back there's a quiet hush and I'm the bad guy. Okay, in my defense I grew in an urban neighborhood where you either defended yourself from verbal teasing or your school life was over. When I defend myself from teasing or ribbing I give it back in a tactful humorous way and not lashing out, I have learned to take ribbing, teasing to look like a good sport so no problems there about over kill when giving it back.
Here was the latest almost verbatim;
Them: hey you, I've had it up to here with you (but instead of motioning their hand to their neck they do it to their torso, I'm really short, lol)
Me: don't make me stand on a stool and slap you in the face (obviously making fun of myself being short)
Them: you better not hit me, I'll call the cops, I don't care who you are!
Later I had to apologize for my comment and then more ribbing by them later that night.....wtf!?
Before you mention how I'm the one who can't take it i assure you, I can.