Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Citizen's Array-est!

OK, where's my Gomer Pyle (or Dwight Schrute) sheriff's badge??

Yesterday morning on the way to work I got behind a woman who caused an accident. I watched her creep through an intersection then swerve around the road. There was a whole convoy of cars behind her beeping ... at 7:30 in the morning, in the middle of South Philly. Now I know we're not known to be the most patient people on the planet, but I can't say I blame them. (And no, I wasn't beeping along with them.)

Now when you parallel park in the city, you get about 20-30 seconds -- tops -- before the beeps start. This woman spent a solid 2-3 minutes trying to parallel park before she got her SUV about 90% of the way into the space. Just as the car behind her was passing her she decided to pull out and ran right into the guy! What a tool!

So this doesn'tseem like such a shocking event in the city .... parallel parking and narrow streets can cause lots of mishaps. BUT ... this woman had her dog on her lap the whole time. Yes, the dog was in between her and the steering wheel with his head hanging out the window. I think that's what caught my eye from the start and why I kept watching. Unbelievable!

The guy she hit pulled over and as I went by he hadn't gotten out of his car yet. He looked like a big angry man, so I can only imagine the conversation that took place after I was long gone. Anyway, I don't know what got into me but as I passed this person I rolled down my window, slowed down and said to this dog-petting-while-driving woman: "Are you happy now, asshole? Put the dog in the backseat when you're driving!" And then I drove away.

I don't know what got into me, but if I could've given her a "Citizen's Array-est" ticket, I would have!


schue said...

Dwight Schrute would've gotten out of his car and started directing traffic! God, I miss that show!

Los said...

You shouldn't own an SUV if you can't (A) drive it correctly, and (B) parallel park it correctly ... oh, and if you own an SUV, please don't hold up traffic in the parking lot of a supermarket (or mall) and try to "back park" it. Just drive in the parking spot front-words (if there are no cars around, feel free to back park if you really must!).

Kelly said...

Amen, Babs!!