Why Do People Think They Have a License to Drive (Others Crazy)?
Written by Maureen Murray
I just had a most annoying experience on K Street. I was driving to pick up my daughter from the last day of her summer job. As I drove down K Street, I noticed a black car, double parked between 8th Street and Marine Road, on the left with its flashers going. The car in front of me drove next to the parked car and stopped. The car in front of me had no blinker or flashers going so I waited for it to continue on. It did not. I thought the driver might be talking to someone in the double parked car, so I waited a few seconds and then beeped my horn to try to move things along. At that point, the driver started backing up toward me. What? I then leaned on my horn, thinking “does this guy not see me behind him?” He continued to back up, I continued to lean on my horn. Then the driver steps out of the car and tells me to back up so he can get into an open parking space behind us. I told him that I would not, I was trying to get somewhere and he had made no indication that he was planning to park (no blinker, hand signal, nothing). The guy continued to tell me to back up and I explained to him that he was holding up traffic and to either pull in front of the double parked car or circle the block to come back to the space. He then lost it and told me I was acting “crazy.” Huh? That’s when the wife stepped out of the car. Good God, seriously? I explained I had somewhere to go, had already been held up and that I needed them to move.
She started yelling and said “we were trying to help someone and you’re just acting like a d—–bag!” (Wow… classy!) It was unclear to me who or how she thought they were helping. By this point the double parker appeared and got into her car. I waited for her to move down K Street and I pulled around the frantic couple’s car – still parked, without driver or the passenger in it, in the middle of K Street – and I drove on with the other cars behind me following.
I did not know the people in either car so they may be new to the neighborhood but I’m sure that none of them were new to driving so, come on guys – pull it together and show some common courtesy on the roads.