Two radically different incidences that I witnessed first hand in the last week, both at the very same traffic signal.
A conversation between two teenage girls on a bike right to next to mine:
Girl 1 (A reluctant driver of the bike): The signal is red, we should wait.
Girl 2 (An encouraging pillion rider): No need to wait, there’s no traffic policeman around, lets go!
Girl 1 (Hesitating a little): Umm… I don’t know, what if someone catches us?
Girl 2: Why are you so afraid, see that guy there broke the signal too, and no one caught him!
Girl 1 (Convinced by now): Okay, lets go then…..
And they drove off in a hurry. Five seconds later, the signal turned green and everyone drove away, legitimately.
Many times I wish we could use those on-road kicks and punches to throw people off their vehicles, the ones we all had practiced so well in the old computer game ‘Road Rash’.
No relation, no need, yet a sweet gesture. For the sake of that guy’s conscience. It was a sight that I will never, never forget.
Same place, two very different people. Why is the world so strange?