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To be annoyed at this old lady

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5had03 Sun 15-Oct-17 17:24:54

So I pulled into my street driving home from my parents house earlier today, two DC in the back of car.

As I was driving down the street at no more than 20mph (mainly because of car wrecking speed bumps) an old lady with a walking stick suddenly came from behind the back of a lorry straight into the road.

Well thank goodness I saw her quick enough and stopped the car almost instantly so I didn’t hit her. I put my hand up in courtesy but didn’t feel I did any wrong.

However, this lady then begins to wave her walking stick towards my direction and shouting ‘you young drivers now days do not know how to drive and need to slow down’

She was an old lady so I wasn’t going to shout back at her but during the day it’s annoyed me more and more. SHE walked into the road without checking, I was not speeding, at 29 I do not class myself as a young driver! confused

SpongeBobJudgeyPants Sun 15-Oct-17 17:26:14


PuppyMonkey Sun 15-Oct-17 17:27:43

You know you did nothing wrong and thank goodness you avoided an accident.

Redsrule Sun 15-Oct-17 17:28:05

Your comment about 'car wrecking' speed bumps makes me agree with the old lady.

Fekko Sun 15-Oct-17 17:28:25

Did she also use the word 'whipper-snapper'?

5had03 Sun 15-Oct-17 17:30:11

It’s a 30mph road. I made that comment as I wouldn’t even do the speed limit because of the speed bumps although I’ve seen many do

5had03 Sun 15-Oct-17 17:33:42

No I didn’t feel I did wrong although I know some may say ‘she got a shock so that’s why she reacted’ or ‘why be annoyed she is an old lady’

SilverySurfer Sun 15-Oct-17 17:42:54

So nice to see old bashing is still alive and well on MN, Did she call you a flibbertigibbet? grin

Papafran Sun 15-Oct-17 17:44:13

The youth of today. They don't know they're born.

sayyouwill Sun 15-Oct-17 17:50:53

Did she have a shawl? I bet she had a shawl

Gizmo79 Sun 15-Oct-17 17:53:53

To be fair, the old woman probably had a scare and was just venting her anxiety/near death experience at you. Don’t let it bother you.

thecatfromjapan Sun 15-Oct-17 17:54:49

It's OK.

In the next instalment, you'll find her on her back in the local shop, unable to move. You'll help her up, drive her home, make her tea and the two of you will warmly bond over biscuits and pictures of her dead True Love.


Ttbb Sun 15-Oct-17 17:55:42

I would be annoyed too. Being an old lady doesn't give you the excuse to be rude

thecatfromjapan Sun 15-Oct-17 17:55:47

Yes. I bet she had a shawl too. All the over-50s wear them round here.

AlexsMum89 Sun 15-Oct-17 17:56:39

I've had enough experiences of ageism coming from the elderly towards 'younger generations' to be able to imagine exactly what happened there. She had no good reason to shout at you, and was frankly ageist. Of course if you were to say anything back you would be in the wrong...

NoCryLilSoftSoft Sun 15-Oct-17 17:57:00

Why are you bothered? confused she didn't whack your car or threaten your children's lives! A woman was mildly annoyed by something. Why are you making that your problem? Roll your eyes and ignore. People really look for things to be upset by.

KurriKurri Sun 15-Oct-17 17:58:54

I'm an old lady - I spend my whole time jumping out into traffic. Just for shits and giggles - got to do something to pass the time otherwise I'd be sitting at home getting high on Sanatogen.

Birdsgottafly Sun 15-Oct-17 18:04:38

"Did she have a shawl? I bet she had a shawl"

In an area I used to live in there was an old lady who wore shawls and looked like Madame Mim out of Sword in the Stone. She had a few tweed ensembles, consisting of a tweed shawl. She, like MM was under five foot tall. She was fabulous.

OP, chances are walking causes her pain, pain makes you grumpy.

I think small streets with parked cars should be between 10-15 mph, tbh.

maddiemookins16mum Sun 15-Oct-17 18:10:40

I bet she also had a woollen bunnet on her head and those furry, tartan boot slippers too.

Sara107 Sun 15-Oct-17 18:10:41

When you're staring down the road at 49 approaching fast you will think 29 is young!!! Basic rules of the road are not to cross near parked vehicles as you and the drivers have no visibility. So she was wrong to step out there. Driving at 20 in a residential street is a good idea as a pedestrian has a reasonable chance of survival even if there is a collision, and you never know when a random child, old person or jogger with headphones is going to launch themselves into your path.

Ilovetolurk Sun 15-Oct-17 18:11:39

kurrikurri have you been on the diamorphine again

PerfumeIsAMessage Sun 15-Oct-17 18:13:46

Maybe you could rewrite your OP with less of the breaking-Mumsnet-guidelines ageist language.

"this woman came out" etc etc

Her age has nothing to do with anything.
What's your excuse?

GriefLeavesItsMark Sun 15-Oct-17 18:17:45

When she started shouting you should have accelerated and ran her over, like in Death race 2000.

That would have shown her!

KurriKurri Sun 15-Oct-17 18:17:56

I may have been sniffing lavender talc grin

5had03 Sun 15-Oct-17 18:18:35

*Maybe you could rewrite your OP with less of the breaking-Mumsnet-guidelines ageist language.

"this woman came out" etc etc

Her age has nothing to do with anything.
What's your excuse?*

Huh? ‘This women came out’ which part of my post says that?

What’s my excuse about what?


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