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
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.