Was I out of order?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Jonathing, 9 Aug 2012.

  1. Jonathing

    Jonathing Über Member

    I'd just climbed the main hill on my way home from work and was pootling slowly along waiting for my heart rate to return to triple figures when a car drew up along side me and and pulled across into a parking space. One emergency skid stop later I asked the driver, a middle aged woman whether she always tries to knock people off their bikes or if she made an exception for me. After I'd explained (quite calmly) the error of her ways she sat and stared blankly at me, I prompted her with "go on, apologise then". This was met with "I'm deaf". Once I'd realised this wasn't supposed to excuse her poor driving I repeated myself in British sign language, to which she sat and looked equally blankly at me.

    Now either she's deaf and hasn't learned to communicate or she was being incredibly disrespectful trying to make up an excuse for not saying sorry for trying to kill me.

    My question to the floor is, am I out of order trying to call her bluff on her bullshirt excuse.
  2. Herr-B

    Herr-B Senior Member

    Not at all. Well done for remaining calm.
  3. oldfatfool

    oldfatfool Veteran

    Are you sure she said deaf and not blind?
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  4. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    Which hill was it?
  5. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    Hhahahahahaha! You owned her mate.

    I'd have made *nasty face* and the diamond sign towards her, then cycled off.
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  6. TonyEnjoyD

    TonyEnjoyD Veteran

    Pity you didn't abe a pen n paper to write it down for her too - bumb ditch
  7. OP

    Jonathing Über Member

    Northumberland Road/Conduit Road, from Western Bank up to School Road in Crookes. Not the longest climb in Sheffield but one of the steeper ones I can manage on my fixed.
  8. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Deaf and blind. No wonder she nearly t boned you.
  9. Biglad82

    Biglad82 Active Member

    No I wouldn't say so. Did you use official sign language or drag her through the window ?
    Joking aside. It doesn't warrant her to drive any differently. You sure she wasn't one of those immigrant thingies. And didn't understand you ?
  10. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    If it was school lane, I can see that happening.

    I don't see what is wrong in signing. You'd probably know that anyway as part of your job.

    And on the topic of deaf drivers, I remember a few years ago seeing York's finest celebrity police officer hammering very loudly on someone's window and shouting very loudly and aggressively.
  11. Drago

    Drago Guru

    My Missus is blind in one eye and doesn't treat cyclists on the road like that.
  12. Biglad82

    Biglad82 Active Member

    Just another case of driver ignorance
  13. Nortones2

    Nortones2 Über Member

    Speechless (almost) through drink? A serial offender well used to outfacing victims?
  14. Hip Priest

    Hip Priest Veteran

    Sounds like she made a mistake and got frightened when confronted.
  15. lip03

    lip03 Über Member

    beds/ london
    I am just impressed you know sign language! And she should have been grateful you did also!
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