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Stupid People Doing Stupid Things, Part the Nth

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Folks, today I felt like writing a blog. But the only things that I saw all day today were dumb things. People driving badly — as I had essential business today, I got to see the bad drivers in all their non-existent glory — was just the start of it.

There’s so much stuff in the news these days that’s just awful to behold. Whether it’s the death toll from the ongoing Covid-19 health crisis, the nonsense being spewed at various political briefings in Washington, DC, the nonsensical decisions of various governmental departments (why did the SBA decide to limit loan applications to $150K? That shuts out nearly every business that needs help!), it seems like there’s just nothing going on that’s any good.

I know that’s an illusion, mind you. There are so many good people in this world. And there are so many good things out there, too, including music, art, good books, word games, video games…all of those have worth and value and are worth far more than the bad drivers of the world. Or the bad politicians of the world. Or the bad decisions from otherwise sensible people, for that matter.

But today, I saw the dumbest thing I’ve seen in a while now. And I figured I had to come talk about it.

I was in line at the bank (did I mention I had essential business today? Yes?), and had just finished my transaction. As I started to drive off (as all banks in the US that I know of are still doing drive-thru banking only), the next car drove up — but a pedestrian somehow darted in front of the driver. This pedestrian had been in my blind spot, and I had no idea the guy was there. It was very bright out, and I was under an overhang; so was the next driver in line. So that guy really took his life into his own hands darting out like that, to put it mildly.

I know I would’ve hit the guy, had I been the next person in line. And I’m surprised the driver behind me didn’t hit him, too.

I call people like this “self-selectors for the Darwin Awards.” Because really, there’s no excuse for that. If you are a pedestrian and you have to do your banking, and for some reason you can’t use an ATM (which at the branch I was at was conveniently located on the side of the building; best of all, it was not under the overhang so no one in their right mind could miss a pedestrian there), you should get in line behind all the other cars and you should keep a healthy distance. Carry a flag, or something anyway, to get other drivers’ attentions, if you need to. But definitely go to the back of the line like everyone else and stand there; don’t dart in and out of traffic and act like an idiot.

This isn’t the first person I’ve seen to do this, either. And while I have sympathy if you don’t have a car or a bike or a motorcycle and you have to get food (which for the most part is done through drive-thrus these days) or go to the bank (ditto) or do anything at all that requires you being in a line outside, you have to be cautious and sensible.

While I can’t do a whole lot about many things these days (what am I going to do about Covid-19, anyway? Tell the virus to go away? Ha!), I can at least implore you to take care when you’re doing your banking business. Or going through a drive-thru anywhere at all if you are on foot, because it’s dangerous to do that — and if you’re going to do it anyway, you need to be cognizant of other drivers and pay attention to your surroundings.

Otherwise, you’re an accident waiting for a place to happen. (Or, as I put it above, a self-selector for the Darwin Awards.)

What stupid things are you seeing these days? Tell me about them in the comments!

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  1. drivers have gotten horrible recently. I saw a guy the other day pull into the right turn lane to pass the vehicle in front of him.


    May 8, 2020 at 10:06 am

    • Yeah. I saw that, too, but this time the guy got hit as he was making the U-turn. He got hit behind his wheel and it damaged the car so bad that the wheel was turned sideways.

      So it’s just…I don’t know. The stress seems to be getting to everyone in various ways. And unfortunately for some, it’s taking a toll on their driving.

      I even had someone beep at me yesterday while I was waiting to make a safe right turn. When I started to make it, this person went widely around me and nearly hit me, and then flipped me off. I would’ve gotten hit if I’d have gone when _that_ person wanted, and then they’d not have gone anywhere for an hour.

      What is wrong with some people?

      Barb Caffrey

      May 8, 2020 at 2:45 pm

      • It amazes me how many people have completely forgotten the rules of the road. There are now several dual right turn lanes around town now. There’s always a bunch of people making turns on red from the left lane. And then if someone, like me, who pulls up and obeys the law and refuses to turn on red from the left lane they honk and flip you off. You can’t legally cross a lane when turning on red. Just like you can’t turn and go into the farthest lane even if on green. And people wonder why they get pulled over for making wide turns.


        May 13, 2020 at 2:33 pm

      • Yes, I’ve seen that, too, around here. You aren’t supposed to do that; it’s not smart, and it’s not legal either. The right lane of a two-lane right-hand turn is fine for something like that if no traffic is coming. But everything else? No…no, no, no, no, no.

        And I’m like you. I don’t turn from that lane. People have flipped me off, too. I don’t like it, but I just tell myself something along the lines of, “They can go find their own accident somewhere else. I refuse to be a part of it.”

        I try to make the tightest turns I can. I’m aided in that by having a little car. But sometimes to avoid an accident or avoid something else I see coming, I have to make a wider-than-usual turn. (I figure if I’m ever pulled over for something like that, I will explain. It’s common sense that you don’t want to get hit yourself, but you never know these days.)

        Barb Caffrey

        May 15, 2020 at 2:17 pm

  2. On WKLH, they have a segment in the morning reserved for “Dairyland Dumbasses”. Usually, it’s about the stupid things people get arrested for. I’m wondering if this counts toward that… Running out from a blind spot in front of a moving car, as if deathwishes never came true?


    May 8, 2020 at 3:24 pm

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