On his way back from seeing his daughter, Wallace is reminded of why he left in the first place and is afraid of having to answer to the cops after his earlier encounter with a neighbor: “He was two blocks from home when he spotted the cop car out front. Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, he thought” (24). Wallace is clearly paranoid and feels guilty because of how he dealt with the man in the green jacket. He’s afraid of the consequences of his actions and what effect they might have on his career. An assault charge against him would be a “pain in the ass” (88), as he put it, and would definitely put a strain on his financial situation.