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Ever Slap Someone With A Dose Of Common Sense?  
User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 46
Posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1982 times:

This memory came back after reading the car accident thread.

Nowadays, most folks feel a certain sense of entitlement: It's someone elses fault, if a sparrow craps on your newly washed car, you are owed 3.6 million.

But there is still a little bit of common sense and brains in the world. Have any of you ever had an experience like the one I'm about to share?


A few years ago, I was having breakfast at a Carrows restaurant. I had just finished and was standing next to my car having a smoke. I noticed a few rows down in the parking lot two cars starting to back out at the same time. Both cars suddebly locked their brakes, but it was too late: they hit each other. But it was slow speed, maybe 1 or 2 miles per hour.

A second later, two ladies, one from each car got out and immediately started screaming at each other. One was a little Asian Lucy-Liu type, only older. The other was a Black women, a dead ringer for Lani Guinier. Curses, threats, and promises of lawsuits were flying from their mouths.

I couldn't take it anymore. I walked over to each one and stood between and asked what was going on (this was totally unneccesary, having watched the whole accident and ensuing shoutfest). Both of them started screaming. I finally cut both of them off.

I turned to the Asian woman and asked. "Are you hurt?" She replied "No". I followed up with "Is your car damaged?" She said "no".

And I looked at it. Not even a scratch.

I turned and asked the Black lady the same two questions. "No!" she snapped in response to both.

I looked at both of them and said "get the F*** out of here!!! BOTH OF YOU. Surely you have better things to do than sit here and scream at each other over nonexistant damages. GET!!!! NOW!!!!"

The Asian lady immediately complied and got back in her car. The Black woman stood there for a second, looking like she wanted to argue.

I guess it dawned on her that she really had nothing to argue about. No car damage. No injuries. What COULD she argue about?

After a few seconds, she turned, glared one last time at the Asian woman and myself, and got in her car.

Both ladies took off-in different directions. Once they were out of sight, I went back to my car and went about my business.


I realize that it's not always prudent to back into someone elses business. In most cases, I wouldn't. But when you are a witness to something and it immediately becomes glaringly obvious that there ISN'T a problem, you just have to make an Executive Decision and take some action.

Had I not, you can be sure that these two women would've pissed away God knows how much money suing each other and tying up the courts at taxpayer expense over a nonissue. And if insurance claims were made, then anyone who's a customer of the companies the ladies were with, they would've been hit with higher premiums.

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User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1950 times:

Thrill seeker. They might well have thrown down on you. I try to keep my nose strictly in my own business and even so, trouble will try and find you.

One time I was down in El Toro back before I moved to Iowa. There were two people in adjacent lanes having a discussion and the light had turned. They both looked like glam metal rejects so you know what it all looked like.
I was behind them with Mamasan in the 87 Voyager-pretty suburban and non threatening right?

So someone behind me taps the horn-not an extended blast, just, Hey, the light changed guys.

The one guy gets out, thinks it's me, starts screaming that he's going to rip me out of the car and beat my ass into the pavement. I'm like, what's up with this?

I'm reaching under the seat for my three cell maglite, then I notice I'm next to a gas station on the corner. I put it into reverse, back up a little, and turn and go thru the parking lot out the other side, leaving the guy standing in the middle of the intersection screaming and raging how he's going to kick everyone's ass.

A guy at DAC told me one time about some guy on the 91 who didn't like what he did on his motorcycle, followed him off, and actually DID throw down on him. It made a believer out of him having a revolver stuffed under his nose.

One time I was at the CVS at the traffic circle in Long Beach below the tanks and I pull in next to a Celica. Two chicks get out who look like a couple strippers so I'm checking out their tackle and the two guys in the back get out. One reaches in his coat, pulls out a heavy barreled Smith, thumbs the hammer back and puts the muzzle up to the other guy's temple. then they laugh it's like a joke. I guess they were casing the drugstore, they looked like junkies.

that's when I said "I'm getting the hell out of this place."


User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1939 times:

Good example of one of the philosophies I live by. You gotta fight the fights that are worth fighting, rather than fighting for the sake of fighting.

User currently offlineNonRevKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1928 times:

I don't believe you actually did this. This might be what you thought of after, but I don't believe that's how it went down.

Good story tho.

B


User currently offlineNWA742 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1919 times:

Quoting NonRevKing (Reply 3):
I don't believe that's how it went down.

Not that I'm disputing your claim, but care to tell us why?




-NWA742


User currently offlineNonRevKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1887 times:

It just seems a little too good to be true. For one, people that worked up in that situation wouldn't be that inclined to back away if a third party got involved that strongly in their business. In reality, they would have turned on him.

Second, I don't know of any people that would volunteer themselves in a potentially dangerous situation like that.

Third, just by the words he using. If anything happened at all, there's a great deal of embellishment going on here.

I think Matt saw this situation from across the lot, and thought the ladies were fighting over something stupid, (and if it was over exactly what he said, then they were) and drove off, then came up with this scenario in his head, and posted it here to give himself a bit of an ego boost. I'm just not buying it.

I agree with the general principle tho, and the point he's trying to get across.

B


User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1875 times:

Quoting NonRevKing (Reply 5):

I think Matt saw this situation from across the lot, and thought the ladies were fighting over something stupid, (and if it was over exactly what he said, then they were) and drove off, then came up with this scenario in his head, and posted it here to give himself a bit of an ego boost. I'm just not buying it.

That's a big call, tagging him an out and out liar. Bit of a strong accusation for someone you don't know, (or is there further character assessment you could share?) Still, it is an internet forum. Plenty of embellishment in here all the time!


User currently offlineNonRevKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1868 times:

Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 6):
That's a big call, tagging him an out and out liar. Bit of a strong accusation for someone you don't know, (or is there further character assessment you could share?) Still, it is an internet forum. Plenty of embellishment in here all the time!

Never said he was. It's just my guy feeling, and yes, I base this assessment on things he's said in the past.

B


User currently offlineKiwiinOz From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 2165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1862 times:

Quoting NonRevKing (Reply 7):
Never said he was. It's just my guy feeling, and yes, I base this assessment on things he's said in the past.

Well you are effectively calling him a liar. I have no idea either way, will be interesting to see his take on the situation!


User currently offlineKyleLosAngeles From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 214 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1824 times:

I noticed that you did not describe the cars they were driving - make, model and color.

Yet you described the ladies' ethnic backgrounds and appearance.

Any reason why?



Happy 2006
User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1800 times:

Damn, and I was gonna take those ladies' cases pro bono...

Signed,
AA777jr.



"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineNonRevKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1799 times:

Quoting NonRevKing (Reply 7):
It's just my guy feeling, and yes...

Meant to say "gut" feeling there...haha. Anyhoo...

Quoting KiwiinOz (Reply 8):
Well you are effectively calling him a liar. I have no idea either way, will be interesting to see his take on the situation!

It will be I'm sure. Although I don't think this is any reflection on his character as an overall person, I still don't buy the story. I mean, he said it took place over a few YEARS ago. The human mind will change the memories over time.

Quoting Logan22L (Reply 10):
I was taught that MattD has the balls to up to a couple of cat-fighting women with absolutely no concern for his personal safety.

Oh, well I would too provided they were hot and wearing bikinis. When it comes to what he's talking about, I, like any other normal person, would observe for all of 20 seconds, then go about my business.

Quoting KyleLosAngeles (Reply 12):
I noticed that you did not describe the cars they were driving - make, model and color.

Yet you described the ladies' ethnic backgrounds and appearance.

Any reason why?

Good question, and very perceptive.

B

[Edited 2005-12-25 04:20:45]

User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1715 times:

All the time.Although only a few heed it  Smile
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6810 posts, RR: 34
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1644 times:

Quoting Logan22L (Reply 10):
Too bad they weren't Mexican.

Or Puerto Rican....in which case Matt would have totally gotten his ass kicked.  Wink


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1578 times:

Quoting Matt D (Thread starter):
Ever Slap Someone With A Dose Of Common Sense?

Every time I get on A-Net . . . . doesn't do any good though.  laughing 


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21460 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1574 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 20):
Every time I get on A-Net . . . . doesn't do any good though.

Yeah, addiction is cruel...!  mischievous 


User currently offlineJalto27R From United States of America, joined May 2004, 857 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1558 times:

Probably only one major time, beings as I'm only 16. I was going to a talent show at a local high school, my dad was driving of course (haha, I only have my permit). We went to pull in, and this man decides to yank his car in reverse from the other lane while we turn. My dad honked the horn, he started yellin at my dad, but things moved on. When I got dropped off the old guy started yelling at me, as if I was driving. It was rather embaressing, my friends were right there, and all these kids in line to buy tickets. I just looked at the guy for a second, and went, "why are you trying to argue with a sixteen year old?". He just angrily yelled "Well hell if that isn't a good question", and walked away. I'm not much of a fighter when it doesn't need to be fought.

Mike


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