Monday, March 23, 2009

Sign of the Times

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. (AP) - Authorities said a man intentionally ran over another man who was trying to save a spot at a gas station on Monday. The Lee County Sheriff's Office reported that the victim was standing in a spot to reserve it for his wife at the Murphy USA gas station.

The man saving the spot told deputies that he held up his hands when another man pulled up to the line, but the man drove forward and hit him in the knees.

When the victim yelled at the man to stop, authorities said the suspect backed up and hit the man again, causing bruising and swelling. Other witnesses backed up the victim's story.

The suspect was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery.

Okay, seriously. What is this world coming to?

Maybe you clock the husband once….just to show him how unnecessarily juvenile the whole “saving a spot for my bay-bee” thing is…but twice? What was he thinking?

Maybe this particular gas station had prices a whole twenty cents cheaper per gallon than any other station in town.

Or, possibly they were offering a complimentary 60oz “BIG GULPY” with every fill-er-up.

Possibly it was the little missus’ birthday…and her gift was a big ole’ tank of gas…plus he’d planned on squeegee-ing her windows…’cause that’s just the kind of guy he is.

Or was…before he got both his legs broken… by Mister Fast-Forward there…

On the bright side, this guy’s wife probably feels so freakin’ guilty, he’ll never have to fill up the car again…..ev-er.

Major sacrifice? Or, small price?

What do you think??

Straight Guy said...

Or maybe, once a car gently taps you with its bumper and the driver clarifies his intention to keep moving in your direction, you simply step aside?

I completely agree, K, this is hardly the time for civil disobedience... who would you rather be? The criminal or the victim? Neither is appealing, especially when it's so avoidable.

Look I get upset at couples who get in line at the grocery store and continue to send one out for more frantic shopping as the other begins to unload the cart.

There is no saving spaces.

I know it sounds like punishment, but the parents-to-kids mantra "You get what you get and you don't get upset" is actually a positive mindset for life in general.

Straight Guy said...

I guess what I'm saying is that to take a position and argue to the point of self-destruction (jail or hospital) you better be committed to a principle of consequence... and Savezies vs No-Savezies ain't cutting it.

Kathryn said...

SG: Ah. So, you're of the "no take backies" mentality...like me? I agree totally about the frustration with couples who continue to grocery shop from the checkout lane...esp. when the spouse returns with double the number of items. Somehow though, I'd like to think that no-one's running anyone over with their cart over it. Occasionally, I'd love to see someone throw a box of Jell-o at 'em, though....

Straight Guy said...

Why keep in the box? Mix it, chill it, pull it from the mold, then throw it at them. Much more satisfying, and they'll still probably be in line anyway.

Kathryn said...

Can we change it from the gelatin to the pudding? Chocolate, of course...I mean, if we're planning on pelting inconsiderate check-out-line shoppers with a random form of dessert, let's go for something sticky. "CLEAN UP, AISLE 5!"

susan F said...

My son would have something to say about it happening in Florida. He always says that all the weird and dysfunctional things happen there.

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