Say "Please"...

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Arch, 23 Jun 2008.

  1. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    I'd only been back in England 2 days, and I was having a row with a white van driver... I wasn't even on a bike!

    Mum and I had just dropped my bike and luggage at the flat, she having brought me home from Leicester, where I ended up after my holiday. There's no parking at the flat, so we were on our way round to the nearest car park, to park up and then go have some lunch. We had to negociate the road which goes through the city walls, and at this point it's a narrow one way at a time gap for cars, with traffic lights contolling the flow through the arch, and again at the actual junction. And a separate narrow archway for cycles. We sat at red, and then when the lights changed, Mum, not used to the junction and conscious of the fact that cycles can just whizz through, set off quite cautiously, so as not to find herself colliding with one undertaking on the other side of the wall. The result was that by the time we got past the wall, the lights changed back and we were stopped at the juntion proper. (I'm sorry, it's a bit complicated to explain, you can see it at the beginning of this video.

    Anyway, Mr White Van behind us got impatient with her gentle progress (I'll admit, she was being a bit slow, but for careful reasons) and made to overtake just after the wall as the road widens, but then was stuck on the wrong side of the road as the lights changed again and the other traffic behind moved up. So while we're sat at the lights, he got out and banged on her window and said "move forward, so I can get in" rather curtly. And I just saw red and got out. Mum tried to stop me, but I was gone... He'd got back in his van, but I told her not to move and stood staring at him until he got out again, whereupon I said in best RP: " 'Please' would be nice?". And that confused him to death. He paused for a second and then said "I said please, did you not hear me?" "No" said I, " I didn't". "Oh", he said, "well, I did. Can you move. Please?". At which point I got back in and told Mum to pull forward a bit (although this put her over the ASL line - I decided discretion was the better part of valour!)

    It's probably the first time I've faced someone down and probably the last. Maybe he just thought I was a nutter and potentially dangerous. But I like to see it as a victory for manners.:smile: I just wish I'd been a 7 foot tall heavyweight boxer for effect.
  2. Sh4rkyBloke

    Sh4rkyBloke Jaffa Cake monster

    Manchester, UK
    Sounds like your holiday helped you chill out, Arch!! :biggrin:;)

    Personally I'd have remained where I was and pointed out the fact that he was the idiot on the wrong side of the road... and perhaps he could ask the people behind to move back as they had taken his space.

    Maybe I'm a bit too stubborn! :smile:
  3. yenrod

    yenrod Guest


    I wouldn't want to go against you in an argu. - then again I'm pretty crap at arguing in general :smile:

    All the best!
  4. Night Train

    Night Train Maker of Things

    Greater Manchester
    Nice one Arch.

    A few years ago I had to confront a bunch of lads relieving themselves on a neighbours front gate. I was firm but polite and they accused me of 'speaking posh' at them! :smile:
  5. Blue

    Blue Legendary Member

    Ah yes, welcome back to the UK - a nation full of heart surgeons doing emergency drives to attend to their life saving duties!!

    :smile:<< GET OUT OF THE WAY>> xx(

    BTW - good for you :smile:
  6. tdr1nka

    tdr1nka Taking the biscuit

    *shakes mental image of Arch telling off drivers to a sound track of 'The Battle Of Britain' march.*:wacko:

    Ya shoulda made him say 'pwetty please?' and do a little dance.
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