>Manners

Amy Ruiz Fritz   March 16, 2010   4 Comments on >Manners

>People who saunter across the street when there is traffic in it, really piss me off. They are rude and either don’t know or don’t care about it.

For those of you who weren’t taught by your parents, let me educate you:

Whenever you are crossing the street, whether in a crosswalk or not, and someone in a car is waiting for you to go, you perform what I call a “courtesy scurry”. It’s a short quick faux jog/run that acknowledges someone else is in the world.

Now, there are exceptions to this rule: 1) people with physical ailments who are barely ambulatory, 2) pregnant women beyond their 5th month, 3) children under the age of 5 and their parents.

Usually, the courtesy scurry is accompanied by a courtesy wave if the person in the car waved you across or otherwise went out of their way to let you cross the street.

4 thoughts on “>Manners

  1. Medri

    >While leaving work today, I had a couple bolt out of an adjacent store's doors and narrowly miss my car. Typically I would feel bad and generally wouldn't have let it happen in the first place; unfortunately for these two, they were watching each other and talking, completely ignoring their surroundings. I saw him flipping me off in my mirror and could only help to think, "asshole…"

    You might despise pedestrians on the road, I loathe parking lot civilians. One of my biggest pet peeves? When someone walks at an angle.

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  2. Uneasy Rhetoric

    >I'd disagree. When a pedestrian crosses a street, the expectation on the part of the driver should be that the pedestrian crosses at a reasonable pace. I shouldn't have to thank a driver for obeying the law and letting me cross. Even if I do the scurry from time to time anyway.

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  3. Medri

    >When the pedestrian is jaywalking then the pedestrian is breaking the law. The driver is merely being courteous, mostly cognizant, of the pedestrian's lack of common sense.

    When the pedestrian crosses in a cross walk? Then I agree with you, Rhetoric.

    TL;DR? Don't be dumb 🙂

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  4. SFChick74

    >My experience is that most pedestrians around here don't stop and look both ways before crossing the street, which is not only rude, but stupid. They just power through the intersections like no one else exists and the rules of physics don't apply to them.

    The scurry is not so much a "Thank You", as it is a polite acknowledgment of another person's existence.

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