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Old 06-19-05, 06:38 AM   #1
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I had rotten eggs tossed at me!!!!!!!!!

I can't believe how stupid people are; I was riding yeasterday in Fullerton, CA on Commonwealth and from a dark blue Accord driven by an "adult" male, a teenager (girl) tossed eggs at me. They where laughing and having a good time after they passed me... Both hispanics..... "good family values"! Is this common event in the life of a bike rider?
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Old 06-19-05, 06:42 AM   #2
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Who carries rotten eggs with them in the car? Sounds like a premeditated assault. Unfortunately events like this occur regularly, but not as frequently as you might think (though it probably depends on the area). I think it's been about 20 years since anything was actually tossed at me other than insults or horn blasts.
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Old 06-19-05, 06:49 AM   #3
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Exactly! The area is mainly hispanic and the egs where frozen cold and hard like stones..... they hit really hard on my spine. I have a big blue welt to prove it! I'm so angry..... this was clearly premeditated!
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Make a police report. They may not do anything, but if this becomes a pattern, it will help them to see it (or to look bad for not seeing it). Also, let other cyclists know. If it does happen again, someone might be able to get a license plate number.
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I recently had a plastic cup full of soda thrown at me. When I saw a cop and asked him if their was anything I can do he told me next time try to get the license plate number and report it because it is a misdemenor. I doubt much will be done but if it makes you feel better, look at the video that has been on this site several times showing the dumba$$ who tries to push a cyclists over and hits a car.
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Old 06-19-05, 09:38 AM   #6
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I can't believe how stupid people are; [. . .] Is this common event in the life of a bike rider?
I'm not sure stupid is the right word. Cruel might be more accurate! I doubt if they targetted you because you were riding a bike. If a pedestrian had come along, he or she would probably have been egged also. This is not a common event. I have never had anything thrown at me, even though I ride intensively in the inner city. But you do read about it here on the forums occasionally.
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I'm sorry you experienced this, and fortunately no it's not common. Don't let it get to you, these fools rarely think through the consequences of their actions so inevitabley it will catch up to them - they'll do it to an off duty cop or just to the wrong guy that will catch up witht them at a red light and pummel them into next week.

You made the observation that they're hispanic. I'm also hispanic and just want to say that they did this not because they're hispanic but because thy're immature fools with 'no family values' as you rightly said.... just wanted to get that out.
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It has nothing to do with the fact that they are Hispanic, BTW. I ride through a lower-income Hispanic neighborhood in order to get to my job in Uptown Houston where everyone drives a BMW, Mercedes, Rolls, etc., and the most dangerous drivers to me are definitely the uptight, in-a-hurry, rich white folks.
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That's what I was thinking.

If someone did that to me, I would pick up a rock and nail their back window. That will teach 'em.
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Ride in Huntington Beach and you won't have that problem. Wear Doc Martens and you'll get some waves and smiles!

Get the license number of the egg-throwers and tell the police and show them your welt, maybe the perps have warrents anyway.
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Were these special Hispanic eggs? Is that why this was included? Why does their ethnicity matter?

I know, I know....all your best friends are Hispanic......
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Were these special Hispanic eggs? Is that why this was included? Why does their ethnicity matter?

I know, I know....all your best friends are Hispanic......
on top of that, last time I checked fullerton was mostly white...
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It has nothing to do with the fact that they are Hispanic, BTW. I ride through a lower-income Hispanic neighborhood in order to get to my job in Uptown Houston where everyone drives a BMW, Mercedes, Rolls, etc., and the most dangerous drivers to me are definitely the uptight, in-a-hurry, rich white folks.
They all (cagers) bear watching. Of course the ethnicity of the offending motorists is totally irrelevant. The OP should apologize for mentioning it.
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They all (cagers) bear watching. Of course the ethnicity of the offending motorists is totally irrelevant.
Agree totally with you here.

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The OP should apologize for mentioning it.
Not sure if I agree with this one. It seems that the OP noticed their ethnicity and formed a generalisation in his mind. I've been guilty of doing the same in the past so I can understand why he did. He is, I beleive, entitled to air that here if that's how he feels - rightly on wrongly, at least it gives him a chance to blow off some steam in a safe and compassionate environment and it gives us a chance to influence his perception in a positive way. I hope we did that, and I hope he walks away with the thought "ok, they were hispanics but that doesn't mean all hispanics are that cruel and stupid" or something along those lines.
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Not sure if I agree with this one. It seems that the OP noticed their ethnicity and formed a generalisation in his mind. I've been guilty of doing the same in the past so I can understand why he did. He is, I beleive, entitled to air that here if that's how he feels - rightly on wrongly, at least it gives him a chance to blow off some steam in a safe and compassionate environment and it gives us a chance to influence his perception in a positive way. I hope we did that, and I hope he walks away with the thought "ok, they were hispanics but that doesn't mean all hispanics are that cruel and stupid" or something along those lines.
You are probably right. I actually don't think that the OP intended to insult anyone. OTOH, if I unintentionally insulted someone, I would want it pointed out so that I could apologize.
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nope, no eggs so far. thank god.

but, I've had pennies, soda cans, cups of water, mcdonald's wrappers, fruit peels, etc thrown at me. the pennies were thrown from fast moving cars on several occassions, but thankfully, they were going in the same direction, so the velocity is reduced somewhat

i think it's good that you noticed the ethnicity of the attackers, it would be valuable info towards filling a police report.

as for me, i've noticed that all my attackers were whites, generally of the redneck variety
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I did not intended to insult anyone and as Cyclaholic said I just vented and wrote what I saw. The "Family Values" part was intended to show irony to the importance of family structure in the hispanic community that in this incident was not perceived. I do care for numerous hispanics in my community and as a health care provider, I do understand their family structure. I was just shocked that an "adult" male was driving the car and a teenager tossed the eggs; then, after that, they looked as if they had good time.
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yeah I got paintballed last summer while walking a bike with a flat home late at night, hit in the arm, left a nasty welt. The next day I got bit by a spider at my job on the same arm. Then the arm got really infected and I had to go to the ER. Needless to say that was the best day of my life....
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A friend of mine, who's since left California for Idaho, was riding home from Costa Mesa to the edge of Santa Ana where he lived, and somewhere along there, a bunch of Hispanic folks stopped in a van, and kind of cornered him on a side road and started getting out, saying it's a nice bike and they're going to take it. Well, my friend worked at Grant's Guns and guess what he was carrying? He said ultimately it was funny because one of the guys was in such a hurry to get back into the van, he passed gas.
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That was funny! But please, don't generalize....... everybody has flatulence!
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That was funny! But please, don't generalize....... everybody has flatulence!
Actually, I heard on a TV show that people from cultures/regions that commonly eat a lot of beans have less flatulence per bean than most of us because they're adapted to digest them better.
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A chocolate McMilkshake thrown at me from a car window at about 50 mph and a range of 3-4 ft. Not only did it hurt I had to wear it until I got home in the height of summer, man the flies just loved me. When I went to the cops with the car rego and a witness they found the guy and talked real stern to him! What price assault and splattery!
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My daughter (18 yrs old at the time) was shot in the face and neck with a paintball gun at such close range that it broke her skin and left big welts. It was a drive-by shooting, and there were several people in the car who all had to be in on it as she was riding her bike on the right side of the road (in a quiet residential neighborhood about a mile from home), and the driver slowed down so that the passenger in the front could shoot her. There were also people in the backseat of the car. It was the 4th of July, and I bet they were drunk, or worse. She filed a police report, had a good description and witnesses, but no one was ever caught or prosecuted. You know what worries me is that the shooter (and maybe the rest of them too) will probably continue this kind of behavior until they maim or kill someone. Even then I believe they will probably enjoy the result, graduating to even more agressive forms of assult against anyone (not just bikers) who happens to cross their path(s) when they feel like they can get away with victimizing innocent people and not get caught. My daughter was lucky that time, he missed her eyes, she didn't crash, and she fully recovered, but what about the next poor victims?
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The drive-by paintballings have been a big thing since the 80's. Yeah, they whoop it up when they can down a cycle.
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