So yesterday I’m wanting to turn left into a side road and I am waiting at a set of traffic lights. Opposite me there is a long queue of cars waiting patiently for the lights to turn green.
A taxi then emerges from behind the queue, races down the wrong side of the road and attempts to get through the red light.
My bike is on the line (a double yellow) but still in the box. The taxi cannot get through because the road is quite narrow and there is a parked car at the junction so he stops, leans out of the window and gestures me to move out of the way so he can get his fat arse through.
Having a natural and in-built disgust for people like this I move to the left slightly to make it even more difficult for him to get through, so his reaction is to drive right up to my wheel.
Of course, I don’t move.
The lights change. He doesn’t move. I don’t move…so he calls the police on his cell phone. :bravo:
The police come 20 minutes later and he explains everything.
He gets irate as the police check his licence, but not mine :big grin:
We wait. I smile.
He gets stroppy as I explain that his parking sucks. He tells me foreigners shouldn’t be allowed to drive in Taiwan because we are dangerous and don’t know how to drive
He suddenly realises that he is a fat pleb:
Anyway, the police invite he and I to the station where I make a quick report. He gets issued a ticket for running the red and crossing the double yellow.
Amazing - he is in such a hurry to get somewhere that he will pass a long queue of traffic, attempt to run a red and then go through all this malarky.
Total potential time gain: 10 seconds.
Total time lost: 27 minutes.
Balance: 26 minutes and 50 seconds.
Amount of face lost: There wasn’t much to lose
Amount of $$$ lost: At least $1000NT.
Total potential time gain: 0 minutes
Total time lost: 27 minutes, but well spent
Balance: 27 minutes.
Amount of face lost: None, but don’t care anyway.
Amount of $$$ lost: Nil
However, I have gained another expereince, managed to take pictures of this handsome, suave and sophisticated social mover for all to see and managed to practice my Chinese listening regarding swearwords. No loss for me.