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    Motorist gets a reward

    So I'm going along a 3 lane road practicing VCing and using up the space I'm allowed to. Really, I do VCing on that road because the drivers are just nuts; give them enough room and they'll squeeze in and try to run you off the road.

    So this one really fat lady in a 4 door Focus starts honking at me. I look into my helmet mounted mirror and I see her waving her arms trying to tell me to get off the road. I hold my ground, after all... I'm traffic too and I'm allowed to use that piece of road just like any other slow moving vehicle.

    She finds an opening in the middle lane to her left and passes me all the while honking on her horn, screaming obsenities at me through her open window, which I can't hear because she's honking at the same time, and giving me the finger. As she passes in front of me I make a mental note of her licence plate.

    The funny part? About 300M ahead of me she does a right hand turn onto a side road and does another right hander into a restaurant. All this for a mere 300M stretch of road? Damn... how impatient are these fat people when they see a restaurant?

    I eventually get there and she was out of sight. Didn't know fat people could charge into a restaurant that fast. But I found her car though.

    I left her a small "thank you note" for beiing such an inconsiderate person.

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    Message Edited by CR:
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    Let me just say this: Those multi-tools come in handy for writing "thank you notes".
    Hmm, way to lower yourself to her level there, Hotshot.
    Last edited by CommuterRun; 07-02-07 at 04:52 PM.

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    I feel sorry for the suspension on that Focus. They're not spec'd out for livestock.

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    Since your had her license plate, and she was parked, you should have called in a complaint to the authorities. That'll teach her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdufstuff
    Since your had her license plate, and she was parked, you should have called in a complaint to the authorities. That'll teach her.
    That's a joke right?

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    you should have just mown her down with an AK-47. that would've been funny. and totally justified.
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    ^^^ Perfect YouTube scenario if you ask me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rando
    you should have just mown her down with an AK-47. that would've been funny. and totally justified.
    Let me just say this: Those multi-tools come in handy for writing "thank you notes".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeuser
    Let me just say this: Those multi-tools come in handy for writing "thank you notes".
    You didn't... !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeuser
    Let me just say this: Those multi-tools come in handy for writing "thank you notes".
    Oh boy ...

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    Bah... it'll buff right out. Nothing major. Get some rubbing compound and a rotary buffer and you'll be done.

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    Yea, but she probably doesn't know how to fix things. She'll put it in the shop who will charge her exactly the amount of her deductable for a 30 second job with a buffer.
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    If that's a true story, you're as big a pain as her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooker
    If that's a true story, you're as big a pain as her.
    How do you figure?

    It's quite simple: Don't mess with me and I won't mess with you. It's just my "Don't get mad, get even" sort of mentality.

    Hopefully she got the message and she'll learn to be a better citizen... for both our sakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeuser
    How do you figure?

    It's quite simple: Don't mess with me and I won't mess with you. It's just my "Don't get mad, get even" sort of mentality.

    Hopefully she got the message and she'll learn to be a better citizen... for both our sakes.
    Or she may connect the damage with cyclists... and pursue them from now on... making life HELL for any other cyclists she encounters.

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    Aw, get a backbone folks! When it is ever okay to, in the words of someone here who should become famous for them, "casually almost kill someone?"

    For bicycling to become a respected transportation alternative, society must learn that there are consequences to abuse. People don't abuse strangers walking on the street because retaliation is immediate. If I get into a shouting match with a motorist, I want him to fear my retaliation as much as I might fear his. I want him to fear that perhaps I will recognize his car or license plate in a parking lot somewhere and slash his tires. I want to make him fear stopping within my sight. It's a small world; I want him to know that.

    See, otherwise, the abuse doesn't stop.
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    Violence breeds violence, last I checked.

    You can either play into the cycle (pun?) or try to break it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Ratliff
    Aw, get a backbone folks!
    Backbone? Is that what you call sneaking around carving anonymous messages into some woman's car?

    I assume the little sneak didn't sign his name or provide his address so that the woman or friends might respond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genec
    Or she may connect the damage with cyclists... and pursue them from now on... making life HELL for any other cyclists she encounters.
    Didn't you read? She's already doing it. From first hand experience, she's already hell to cyclists. Which is why she got the "message".

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
    Backbone? Is that what you call sneaking around carving anonymous messages into some woman's car?

    I assume the little sneak didn't sign his name or provide his address so that the woman or friends might respond.
    So she can go Psycho on me one more time? No thanks! I already had to deal with her abuse once. She got what she deserved and hopefully learned a lesson in the process.

    How would you have handle it then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Ratliff
    Aw, get a backbone folks! When it is ever okay to, in the words of someone here who should become famous for them, "casually almost kill someone?"

    For bicycling to become a respected transportation alternative, society must learn that there are consequences to abuse. People don't abuse strangers walking on the street because retaliation is immediate. If I get into a shouting match with a motorist, I want him to fear my retaliation as much as I might fear his. I want him to fear that perhaps I will recognize his car or license plate in a parking lot somewhere and slash his tires. I want to make him fear stopping within my sight. It's a small world; I want him to know that.

    See, otherwise, the abuse doesn't stop.
    Bad analogy... people don't abuse other people because they are "equals"... Make one a 4000 lb "giant" and one a 300 lb "normal" and there would be "issues."

    Nope, escalating the violence won't help our cause.

    Now if you want to wait until someone is parked and out of the car, and then confront them... well then you are "equals," and perhaps they might just listen at that point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeuser
    Didn't you read? She's already doing it. From first hand experience, she's already hell to cyclists. Which is why she got the "message".
    So you think your "message" is going to improve things?

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    Quote Originally Posted by genec
    So you think your "message" is going to improve things?
    Don't answer my question with a question. Answer my first question: How would YOU have handled it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by genec
    Now if you want to wait until someone is parked and out of the car, and then confront them... well then you are "equals," and perhaps they might just listen at that point.
    Read the first post again. She was long gone by the time I caught up to her car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeuser
    Read the first post again. She was long gone by the time I caught up to her car.
    I understood that, I also read that you left a "message" in the OP... you did not say at that time that the message was damage to the paint.

    All I am saying is that retaliation goes both ways... and physics favor the motorist. Next time either talk to them, or leave a non-damaging "message." Or if you think it will do any good, call the police.

    As an aside, as I am not condoning the retaliation, "poetic justice" might be something as simple as letting the air out of her tires... forcing her to actually walk. Does that multi tool have a "core tool?"

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