Last week I was driving home from my student shift at the hospital. Sailing along at 40mph on a 3-lane road (3 lanes each direction). Oh look, the light up ahead is green. Cool, I don’t have to stop.

Then I see a kid on a bicycle flying across the road at the crosswalk, against the light. I think, “What an idiot”. THEN I catch a glimpse of a girl, about 10-years-old, running full bore behind him. The left turn lane is stopped, but the straight lanes have a green light. And did I mention the light had been green for a while now?

I think to myself, “That girl can’t possibly be intending to just keep running on to the other side, on a red light, on a 6 lane road. But I’d better slow the fuck down to make sure.”

So I slow to about 20mph as I reach the intersection. The girl comes darting out from behind the stopped car in the left turn lane. I slam on the brakes (throwing everything in my car forward at a high velocity; fun), and the girl recoils in astonishment, as if the entire situation were a complete surprise to her.

I stop. She goes on running, WITHOUT LOOKING TO SEE IF THERE ARE MORE CARS COMING IN THE LANES NEXT TO ME. Thankfully she doesn’t get hit. If I hadn’t seen her, or if I had assumed she wouldn’t be so stupid as to run in front of a speeding car, she’d probably be dead, and I would have killed her.

I’m too shocked to do anything but sit there as my light finally turns red. I exchange amazed looks with the elderly couple in the car next to me. They shake their heads and I’m sitting there flailing both hands in a “OMGWTFBBQ” sort of gesture. I’m sure it scared about 2 years off my life.

Can somebody please tell me what the fucking hell was going on in that child’s head that she ran across a 6 lane road, against a red light, without even looking?

4 Responses to “Stop, Look, Listen. Better Yet, Just Stay the Fuck Home”
  1. Mithras says:

    “That kid stole my bike!”

  2. Max says:

    wow. I know that kids these days are stupid and have no manners, but THIS stupid…. People really need to learn how to raise their kids.

  3. Max says:

    wow. I know that kids these days are stupid and have no manners, but THIS stupid…. People really need to learn how to raise their kids.

  4. Jianbi says:

    This is exactly what happens in China every day – people are not conditioned to look both ways before crossing the street, and are genuinely shocked when they are almost run down. Anger at the car is the most typical response. The cause is total lack of schooling in how to cross the street. I’ve seen it a million times, people head out into the street with their heads glued to the pavement. It’s sad that the same ignorance is being taught to American children. It’s a terrible commentary of how sheltered our children are.

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