Wednesday, June 21, 2006

"Screw You" and other commuter pleasantries

Despite my MIA status as of late, I wanted to tell you a funny little mishap I witnessed this morning .

Walking across Mass and 18th, I was pausing to grab my WaPo Express, and as the light is changing, I see a guy walking a little slow through the crosswalk. He was about four feet from the curb and the light had turned green for cross traffic. Then a red car gives him the horn. The guy, who looks like a fairly normal morning commuter, suddenly screams "SCREW YOU" and hurls his Grande Starbucks coffee all over the side of the car. The remaining people in the crosswalk stand there stunned.

As a walker in this fine city, I respect his ‘tude and salute his “I’m not taking your shit” perspective at 8:30 in the morning.


Blogger Bad at Life said...

That is spectacular. I hate drivers downtown. I've been honked at even when I have the right of way. I mean, I know it's a pain in the ass waiting for pedestrians--esp when they don't have the right of way. But it's summer in DC. I'm walking. You're in an air conditioned car. Patience.

Good for that angry pedestrian.

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He must from New York.

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From New York, or have a death wish. But I too respect the attitude.

10:36 AM  
Blogger KassyK said...

HAHAHA I love a walker I too follow all the rules of the road but lots of drivers dont. I especially love when that shit happens when its pouring RAIN and we are walking with no umbrella and you are in your car enjoying being dry............AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Sorry.

10:44 AM  
Blogger V said...

BAL: Agreed, and sure I'd like to feel sorry for you having sat in traffic for the past hour and a half but that's your choice.

Anon: He did have some pretty big balls to just launch coffee at a car

Kassy: Yeah, anything goes if it's raining, I walk through all sorts of lights and don't care

10:57 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

Jaywalkers deserve death....and sometimes they get their wish. Just plain ole' Darwinism really. (squish!)

11:09 AM  
Blogger Maime said...

I bet that man is having the best day of his life... By throwing that cup o joe, he saved himself $500 in therapy. My idea about paying a homeless person 10 bucks to scream at them for 5 minutes isn't such a bad idea. There is a lot of sidewalk rage goin around out there and I think I might have the cure.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Sweet said...

But he wasted his crack coffee!

12:31 PM  
Blogger Raincouver said...

That's just not cool. Hurling crack coffee in anger... Juan Valdez and his burro would not approve. Then again, I haven't seen those guys lately. Maybe they got run over on the corner of Mass. and 18th...

Juan, please call home man. I'm worried.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

I would have run over this man.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Heather B. said...

Hahaha, awesome. I once threw my umbrella at a taxi cab.

2:36 PM  
Blogger NotCarrie said...

Yeah I'm still stuck at the part where he throws his STARBUCKS away. Yikes! I'd say, "hold on" then take a few more sips THEN throw it at the car;)

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am glad that this guy took a stand!
At least once a week I am almost hit by a car when I have the right away.
How much of an asshole are you for honking or speeding towards a pedestrian? Ugh!

4:29 PM  
Blogger chase said...

When you're crossing the street, pick up the pace and lose the "'tude".

Remember kids: although it costs a lot to hit someone in a crosswalk, when confroting a car on foot, you always (and I mean always) lose.

5:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a friend who did that with a frappuccino once. Turns out the guy was an off-duty police officer. It was NOT pretty. Friend was up against the wall getting frisked, waiting for "back-up" in no time at all.

Moral of the story, take a deep breath, then take a sip of your coffee (preferably decaf) and keep walking.

7:54 AM  
Blogger hawkins said...

everyone needs to kill everyone. that'll fix it. bastards.

8:08 AM  
Blogger V said...

It was pretty damn full, too. I'm thinking that rage cost him something like $4.89.

8:39 AM  
Anonymous Rudy and Blitz said...

$100 says the honking car had either VA or MD plates. More likely MD., actually. I humbly suggest that these folks pay more attention to the road, and stop making illegal turns, than honk at some guy trying to get across the street.

Well done, sir.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

People who can't stay off their horns deserve nothing less than coffee all over their cars! Bravo to the brave pedestrian. Drivers in this city need to just chill out!

11:51 AM  
Blogger Carrie Broadshoulders said...

Let me preface by saying that I currently am a walker. However, I would have totally honked at this asshole who thinks that because he's walking, everyone on earth needs to wait for his slow ass to cross a street he had no business crossing if he couldn't make it across in time to beat the light. They even put a f***ing counter up there to let you know how much longer you have to get your slow ass across the street. If you can't speed up, stay on the corner and YOU have patience. I drove out to the burbs (where metro was not an option) for years and I'm sorry, just because I'm in a car doesn't mean you have the right to be an asshole. I'd have totally honked and had he thrown his coffee on my car, I'd have gotten out and beat his ass. The pedestrian was clearly in the wrong here and anyone who defends it is just being a dipshit. Don't hate because some people have to drive to work. Trust me, with gas prices and parking prices in this city, they are paying their fair share to do it. Not everyone lives somewhere where public transportation or walking is an option. That said, drivers and pedestrians all need to be more patient in this city!

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha! Off duty police officer arrests coffee weilding pedestrian! What a JOKE! like its a valuable use of police resources to bother with.

To those who think that the horn is some kind of communication device, get a clue. It travels in every direction, you can't actually honk AT someone, all you can do is annoy everybody not wrapped in a steel and glass cage.

My solution, save the coffee and just sit there. Be prepared to lunge out of the way, but just make sure to take twice as long as you would have, if he tries to get you, THEN throw your coffee at em! You think I can't win against a who is honking at me to save, what, 3-6 _seconds_ on his commute time? They should deal with thier misconceptions and thier anger problems. Honking the horn is for emergencies, not to pester people you nitwits! After I lunge and throw my coffee all over your car I am going for my cellphone and memorizing your license plate to file a police report. Go ahead and try and kick my ass :) defending myself will be a pleasure. If you are lucky I will only leave you in pain and walk away with your car keys.

3:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, the pedestrian is the person clearly thinking they need to get to work 3 - 6 seconds ahead of time by walking against the light, which is actually illegal. As is throwing coffee on someone's car. Honking a horn, while illegal in this case, may be unnecessary but that doesn't change that the pedestrian is wrong in this situation. The pedestrian should have stayed on the corner until the light changed again. The driver isn't getting to work 3 - 6 seconds faster, he's getting there when he should because he sat until the light turned instead of being an asshole and just doing whatever he wanted like the pedestrian. And if someone threw coffee on my car because they were jaywalking and in my way, then they'd be the ones with issues with the police, not me.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Bright Light District said...

Now there's a man who knows how to stand his ground! I know people from who also doesn't take shit at 8:30 in the morning! Funny post!

2:22 AM  

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