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Abuse from a driver

boyfridayboyfriday Posts: 103
edited April 2009 in Commuting chat
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  • Stuey01Stuey01 Posts: 1,273
    You were fine, he was a moron.
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  • _Brun__Brun_ Posts: 1,740
    He was being an censored . Unfortunately you can't help but encounter them every now and then.

    I can understand why you slowed down, but winding people up more isn't always the best option.
  • Eat My DustEat My Dust Posts: 3,965
    He would have been more pis*ed off with me. I would have overtaken on the right and then told him to "f*ck off" when he rolled down his window!! :twisted:
  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 9,757
    I was sat at a set of temporary traffic lights last night on the way home, bad day at the office; bit frustrated and just want to get home and relax - and there's these bloody roadworks again.

    Anyway - what happens while I'm waiting at the front than some bloody cyclist sweeps up the inside and plonks himself in front of me!

    The lights go green and now I can't get past as this idiot is crawling through the lights and there's no room for me!

    I honk my horn in exasperation and what does he do? He slows down even more!!! So there I am crawling through these lights behind this bloody cyclist.

    What makes it even worse is that due to him, I got at the NEXT set of lights and when I wound the window down to tell him just what I thought of him, he couldn't see my point and then a bunch of bloody pedestrians starting giving me grief.

    Some days it ain't worth getting out of bed.




    How about that for HIS point of view?
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  • tbutchtbutch Posts: 27
    Make a note of the reg next time, tell the local police. He'll get a letter saying he's been witnessed dangerous driving or something like that. If it happens a couple of time he'll get points/fined.

    No point winding them up any more, just ignore them
  • Christophe3967Christophe3967 Posts: 1,200
    He's a muppet, but as Brun points out, you probably didn't help your cause if he saw you slowing up. He'll be the one with the ulcer though :)
  • K_B are you serious?

    Would you expect him to abuse a milkfloat, tractor, horse or other slow vehicle and expect it to get out of his way?

    Have I missed the joke?
  • will3will3 Posts: 2,173
    K_B are you serious?

    Would you expect him to abuse a milkfloat, tractor, horse or other slow vehicle and expect it to get out of his way?

    Have I missed the joke?
    If it had jumped to the front of the queue, yes, that'd be understandable. Some people do seem to get very worked up over being made to wait for a few seconds though. :roll:
  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 9,757
    K_B are you serious?

    Would you expect him to abuse a milkfloat, tractor, horse or other slow vehicle and expect it to get out of his way?

    Have I missed the joke?

    No but you may have missed the point. Look up 'devils advocate' and then you should see what I'm trying to do.
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  • il_principeil_principe Posts: 9,152
    He's a cnut. End of.
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  • boyfridayboyfriday Posts: 103
    I was sat at a set of temporary traffic lights last night on the way home, bad day at the office; bit frustrated and just want to get home and relax - and there's these bloody roadworks again.

    Anyway - what happens while I'm waiting at the front than some bloody cyclist sweeps up the inside and plonks himself in front of me!

    The lights go green and now I can't get past as this idiot is crawling through the lights and there's no room for me!

    I honk my horn in exasperation and what does he do? He slows down even more!!! So there I am crawling through these lights behind this bloody cyclist.

    What makes it even worse is that due to him, I got at the NEXT set of lights and when I wound the window down to tell him just what I thought of him, he couldn't see my point and then a bunch of bloody pedestrians starting giving me grief.

    Some days it ain't worth getting out of bed.




    How about that for HIS point of view?

    Haha. Very good.

    I would be inclined to believe that if he wasn't a 25 year old hooligan in a tarted up Citreon Saxo, with a baseball cap, tracksuit, nasal whine and fat horrendous girlfriend in the car joining in the abuse!!

    There is therefore no way he had a "hard day at the office".

    I didn't wind him up though by not sprinting - i just didn't make a great effort to clear the junction by racing through it. I was probably still up to around 18-20mph going through it (when i got up to speed), whereas i would always make a conscious effort to throw in a few hundred yards sprint to get through.

    Thanks for the thoughts.
  • mr_hippomr_hippo Posts: 1,051
    boyfriday wrote:
    In a show of petulance, i decided not to sprint anymore and just rode through the lane at a decent speed....
    Please change your nickname to 'Immature, little boy friday'.
  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 9,757
    boyfriday wrote:
    I was sat at a set of temporary traffic lights last night on the way home, bad day at the office; bit frustrated and just want to get home and relax - and there's these bloody roadworks again.

    Anyway - what happens while I'm waiting at the front than some bloody cyclist sweeps up the inside and plonks himself in front of me!

    The lights go green and now I can't get past as this idiot is crawling through the lights and there's no room for me!

    I honk my horn in exasperation and what does he do? He slows down even more!!! So there I am crawling through these lights behind this bloody cyclist.

    What makes it even worse is that due to him, I got at the NEXT set of lights and when I wound the window down to tell him just what I thought of him, he couldn't see my point and then a bunch of bloody pedestrians starting giving me grief.

    Some days it ain't worth getting out of bed.




    How about that for HIS point of view?

    Haha. Very good.

    I would be inclined to believe that if he wasn't a 25 year old hooligan in a tarted up Citreon Saxo, with a baseball cap, tracksuit, nasal whine and fat horrendous girlfriend in the car joining in the abuse!!

    There is therefore no way he had a "hard day at the office".

    I didn't wind him up though by not sprinting - i just didn't make a great effort to clear the junction by racing through it. I was probably still up to around 18-20mph going through it (when i got up to speed), whereas i would always make a conscious effort to throw in a few hundred yards sprint to get through.

    Thanks for the thoughts.

    Well you didn't put THAT bit in :lol:

    In which case (and primarily for his mode of transport :wink: ) he's clearly a pimmelkopf 8)
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  • BenS999BenS999 Posts: 202
    I think that guy just needs to relax - a squirt in the face from your water bottle ought to help cool him down.

    The most annoying thing is that i bet you didnt affect his total journey time at all. In built up areas with lots of stops/ lights cars regularly tear past cyclsits too close/ too fast just to get ahead only to be caught up at the next red light. On less built up areas drivers should just be a little more patient as when its safe to do so they can pass and gain their speed back very quickly without heavy accelaration. So many idiots believe the only way to get up to speed is to flatten the throttle, all the way up to the speed limit. I bet they are the same people who open their windows in winter when its to hot rather than adjust the central heating thermostat!

    I agree with tbutch - next time just let the authorities deal with it, thats what they are there for. As for you reaction you were pretty good to not give any abuse back - i find it very difficult indeed! especially since im always in the right! :D
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  • PeteinSQPeteinSQ Posts: 2,292
    mr_hippo wrote:
    boyfriday wrote:
    In a show of petulance, i decided not to sprint anymore and just rode through the lane at a decent speed....
    Please change your nickname to 'Immature, little boy friday'.

    Err? WTF? So you think he should have not inconvenienced the stroppy driver any more than strictly necessary? Presumably he should have doffed his hat too?

    I spend most of my commutes being held up by drivers stuck in their stinking traffic jams. Do I complain about this to them and shout abuse, no, so why on earth should drivers behave any differently?
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  • will3will3 Posts: 2,173
    He's a cnut. End of.

    He's a cervix?>
  • Robmanic1Robmanic1 Posts: 2,150
    boyfriday wrote:
    I would be inclined to believe that if he wasn't a 25 year old hooligan in a tarted up Citreon Saxo, with a baseball cap, tracksuit, nasal whine and fat horrendous girlfriend in the car joining in the abuse!!

    No wonder he was angry at you, poor fella has all that to contend with along with being caned away from the lights by a cyclist!

    At least you get to ride away, he's got to live like like all day!
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  • Jay dubbleUJay dubbleU Posts: 3,159
    He's got an ugly girlfriend and he drives a Citroen Saxo? Give the guy a break :twisted:
  • Jay dubbleUJay dubbleU Posts: 3,159
    will3 wrote:
    He's a cnut. End of.

    He's a cervix?>

    Cnut - what as in King Cnut ?
  • benno68benno68 Posts: 1,689
    BenS999 wrote:
    I think that guy just needs to relax - a squirt in the face from your water bottle ought to help cool him down

    Maybe carry a second bottle with lemon juice, one in the eye works a treat so I'm told. :lol:
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  • BenS999BenS999 Posts: 202
    Benno68

    Brilliant! :lol:
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  • Eat My DustEat My Dust Posts: 3,965
    PeteinSQ wrote:
    Do I complain about this to them and shout abuse,

    lol, I've been known to!
  • HeadhuunterHeadhuunter Posts: 6,494
    He would have been more pis*ed off with me. I would have overtaken on the right and then told him to "f*ck off" when he rolled down his window!! :twisted:

    I agree. I would have been tempted to slam my D lock through his windscreen in the meantime.... Give him something to think about....
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  • atticaattica Posts: 2,362
    One thing to remember:

    You cannot hold up the traffic when you ARE the traffic.

    Guy's an censored , laugh at him.
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  • Stuey01Stuey01 Posts: 1,273
    You should have got your wang out. Shock him into silence.
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  • HeadhuunterHeadhuunter Posts: 6,494
    Benno68 wrote:
    BenS999 wrote:
    I think that guy just needs to relax - a squirt in the face from your water bottle ought to help cool him down

    Maybe carry a second bottle with lemon juice, one in the eye works a treat so I'm told. :lol:

    Or bleach? Sulphuric acid?
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  • lost_in_thoughtlost_in_thought Posts: 10,563
    Attica wrote:
    One thing to remember:

    You cannot hold up the traffic when you ARE the traffic.

    Guy's an ars*, laugh at him.

    +1

    I'm feeling an 'I AM the traffic' jersey coming on...
  • biondinobiondino Posts: 5,990
    I dunno, we hate it when some oik on a BSO pushes past us while waiting at the lights and then slows us down.

    But yeah, he's an impatient censored .

    I had an exchange with a taxi driver today - pulling off Park Lane to turn right into Mayfair, I am in the left of two lanes, and the lights have just gone read. With maybe 30 feet to go until I have to stop, I get a beep from a cab! I ask him what's the matter, and he says I should have been over to the far left of the road! I respond that I was in the left lane, the correct lane for where I need to be going, and in any case the lights are red! I get rather het up (though not abusive) and after saying "Why are you always picking fights? Why do you DO that?" I cycle off to the stop line, to be rewarded by another beep.

    I didn't even hold him up thereafter but (continued) riding in exemplary fashion, and still beat him to Regent Street :)
  • Eat My DustEat My Dust Posts: 3,965
    biondino wrote:
    he says I should have been over to the far left of the road!

    You should have asked him how the f*ck he knew where you were going!
  • will3will3 Posts: 2,173
    biondino wrote:
    he says I should have been over to the far left of the road!

    You should have asked him how the f*ck he knew where you were going!

    That reminds me of a censored on a moped who started yelling at me that I should be in the left hand 'lane' (on a normal one lane each way road). I was approaching a t-junction, so overtook all the cars that had just squeezed by me. HTF did he know I wasn't going to turn right?
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