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To treat certain pedestrians in this way?

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BosomForAPillow Mon 31-Aug-09 19:59:17

You know when a pedestrian crosses in front of your car when they really don't have much time to do so (because you're driving towards that bit of road!), but instead of hurrying across, they strut/meander as if they have all the time in the world? I'm talking about teenagers usually, who seem to me to be doing this with "attitude" and just expect me to slow down/stop until they've ambled across.

Well, I've started spraying them with my windscreen wash.
AIBU?

differentID Mon 31-Aug-09 20:00:18

yes, because I believe that's assault.

FabBakerGirlIsBack Mon 31-Aug-09 20:01:53

YABU and silly.

Just because you are in a car doesn't give you any more rights over someone else who is already on the road.

LaurieFairyCake Mon 31-Aug-09 20:01:53

Pedestrians have right of way at all times according to the Highway Code.

So you should probably just slow down and chill the fuck out.

Hassled Mon 31-Aug-09 20:02:07

The windscreen wash out of the bottle or somehow from the car itself? If the former - a tad harsh. You were a teenager once. You probably meandered with attitude. If the latter, that's quite a trick.

AuntieMaggie Mon 31-Aug-09 20:02:13

yes you are

cookielove Mon 31-Aug-09 20:05:37

i don't think you are there are crossing areas for a reason it, and if you are gonna cross the roads where there is no crossing then you should at least peg it across the road, i can't imagine that a bit of windscreen wiper spray is really classed as assult? Really?

Yes and an arse.

beanieb Mon 31-Aug-09 20:06:29

Blimey! grin

hercules1 Mon 31-Aug-09 20:08:42

I agree yabu and an arse.

sherby Mon 31-Aug-09 20:10:00

lol YANBU at all

I wind down the window and shout THANK YOU at people who don't acknowledge that you have stopped for them

loving the windscreen wiper idea, assault lololol

notevenamousie Mon 31-Aug-09 20:10:56

Give up your car for a week. Yes, really.











Then see if you still feel the same.

WorzselMummage Mon 31-Aug-09 20:11:29

I do it too;)

BosomForAPillow Mon 31-Aug-09 20:12:36

Well I used to just beep them but I thought this had the advantage of being quiet, so as not to disturb fellow road users...and the cocky strutter usually looks pretty pissed off. grin

I am teaching them a lesson in road safety at the same time.

Lio Mon 31-Aug-09 20:14:05

Maybe they are teaching you a lesson? The one about the pedestrian having right of way all the time?

BosomForAPillow Mon 31-Aug-09 20:15:59

Hmmm, I've never heard of pedestrians having the right of way all the time. So they could in theory just walk out without warning whenever they want and all drivers should just do an emergency stop and say, "Sorry, your right of way, do continue!"?

hercules1 Mon 31-Aug-09 20:17:09

I think the right of way applies if they have stepped out on to the road before you turn which is the situation described I think in the op.

screamingabdab Mon 31-Aug-09 20:17:49

Yep, cos funnily enough the alternative is killing them grin

Doodlez Mon 31-Aug-09 20:18:30

BosomForAPillow - in a nutshell, YES!

I couldn't give two tugs of a dead dog's dick about the rights and wrongs of this - I think it's a great idea! Add a few drops of vile green food colouring to your screen wash resevoir - that'll learn 'em!

sherby Mon 31-Aug-09 20:19:40

better than doing this lolol

Ponders Mon 31-Aug-09 20:21:52

Oh YANBU - they piss me off enormously & I have teenagers of my own hmm

Slow crossers are just being arsey, & anything you can do to get back at them, short of knocking them down, is a great idea (hooting at the last possible second is a great idea as it makes them jump, which is fun)

NB oooold people with sticks are exempt from this.

Where does the Highway Code say pedestrians have right of way in the middle of the road? Chapter & verse please

screamingabdab Mon 31-Aug-09 20:22:47

sorry, my response was to OP questioning whether pedestrians have the right of way. In a nutshell, yes, I believe they do, galling as it seems, cos they are much smaller than a car and if you take the right of way then you may run them over.

I once had a man spitting at me (with his mouth) for having the audacity to stop him at a zebra. Fortunately, his window was most of the way up at the time, so he'd gobbed inside his own car

BosomForAPillow Mon 31-Aug-09 20:23:03

hercules1 - I'm not turning anywhere, I'm driving down a straight road (probably at around 29mph) when this occurs.

Doodlez, that sounds a great idea...although not sure how clean my windscreen would be if I add green food colouring. Maybe there's a clear alternative, perhaps with an unfortunate smell?

TheDMshouldbeRivened Mon 31-Aug-09 20:25:23

'Slow crossers are just being arsey, & anything you can do to get back at them, short of knocking them down, is a great idea (hooting at the last possible second is a great idea as it makes them jump, which is fun)'

some of us are a bit crap in the leg department you know. Not being slow deliberatly.
How can windscreen squirters squirt away from the car?

BosomForAPillow Mon 31-Aug-09 20:27:37

Screamingabdab "spitting at me (with his mouth)" is vile, and I always stop at zebra crossings.

Do you think I am in a way spitting at pedestrians (with my washer jets)? I hadn't thought of it as on a par with spitting. shock

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