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Re: “Class Warfare

I drive a Kia because it's a good-looking car that's reliable, inexpensive, and perfect for getting around town; I'm not sure how being practical makes me an asshole (or whatever it is you're implying in your rant).

Also, I assume you're the RX350-driving, Rolex-wearing "nice" woman; for someone who complains about other people showing off with their "luxury cars, tacky furniture, and cheap vacations", you're doing an awful lot of it yourself, with your "10-year old car that looks better than a new Kia and has more features".

Oh, and many wealthy people would consider a Rolex to be gaudy and overpriced, a symbol of the nouveau riche; if you don't want to be lumped in with the same people who you're ranting about, then I suggest you actually take the time to learn something about these so-called "luxury" items you're buying.

Posted by popes on 07/04/2016 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Right of way woes

Funny enough, I often find the opposite scenario when it comes to pedestrians and vehicles. I often see people walk out into the street without looking (either staring at their phone or off into the distance) or without activating signals. I've learned to anticipate these moments, and do what I can to slow down in anticipation, but there's times when I'm simply too close to the crosswalk to stop. The oddest part is that some people have the audacity to yell at me (as I drive past) that I need to watch where I'm going. To illustrate how prevalent this is: the intersection of Quinpool and Beech has traffic lights and pedestrian crossing indicators, as well as a large, high-vis yellow sign that states: "Press button and WAIT for signal" (emphasis given in the original sign); how many other major cities in Canada (or the US) need to have signs at crosswalks to remind people how to properly cross the street?

I'm not saying pedestrians don't have the right-of-way at crosswalks, but I am saying that a little bit of consideration (by both parties) goes a long way; I've never had an issue crossing a street as a pedestrian, but I use marked crosswalks whenever possible, and I always wait to make sure vehicles see me, even after pushing the button to activate the signals. Regardless of what the law says, I consider it my responsibility to make sure I don't end up under someone's tires, and asserting my dominance in the crosswalk over a car is not worth my life.

So, I will continue doing my best to make sure people can cross safely at the crosswalks, but all I ask in return is that you, dear pedestrian, take a second from your busy life to acknowledge whether or not it's safe to do so.

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Posted by popes on 07/04/2016 at 6:08 PM

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