Thursday, July 29, 2010

The A*hole Who Honked at Me for Being in the Crosswalk

Okay, so it's like a million degrees outside with 400% humidity. Despite the heat I went for a walk to the dry cleaners and the bank. On my way back I have to cross a semi-busy road. Luckily for me, the state has generously placed a "State Law: Yield to Pedestrians in Crosswalk" sign at the intersection. I stepped into the crosswalk so that the oncoming traffic would be made aware of my intentions to cross the street (I know that while driving it can be difficult to judge what a pedestrian standing on the sidewalk is trying to accomplish). I stood there waiting for the cars to stop, when one guy driving by honked at me and waved for me to stand back. There are so many things wrong with this picture that I don't even know where to begin.

1. Although I was standing in the street I wasn't in the lane of traffic by any stretch of the imagination. If there had been a car parked where I was standing, I would have been on its roof, dead center. Plenty of room for this dude to pass.
2. If you are so concerned about my safety that you feel it necessary to honk and gesticulate furiously, then slow down or let me cross! Don't just honk and wave. That would not have protected me in case of an accident.
3. There are two crosswalks and a sign informing you that you are required by law to yield to me, a pedestrian in the cross walk. I understand that sometimes cars don't see a pedestrian until the last minute and you can't slow down in time to let them cross. But you, sir, had enough time to see me, process my presence, judge that I was perilously close to your car, honk, and frantically gesture me to back away. In my oh-so humble opinion, that is more than enough time for you to have stopped and let me cross.
4. Your car was a P.O.S.

In conclusion, that guy is a jerk and all sorts of other names. And I hate jerks!

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