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AIBU? have booted a bloke's Audi?

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hogsback · 07/04/2011 21:16

Disclaimer: I loathe inattentive drivers. I particularly loathe inattentive drivers wearing sunglasses and Armani while ON THE PHONE at the wheel of their effete stylish Audi convertible.

So was I unreasonable to put a size 7 Alpinestar into side of said car at the lights and indicate my displeasure as best as one can while wearing a bike helmet?

To be fair, he did go as white as his suit and put the phone away immediately :)

OP posts:
JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar · 08/04/2011 12:09

There was a car that was consistently parked on the only safe spot for people to cross on our street. It was an old and rusty Volvo.

One night I kicked one of the (very rusty) wheel arches really, really hard several times, but disappointingly it remained intact.

I might have been the teensiest bit drunk mind. So I was a drunken vandal. Blush

WelliesAndPyjamas · 08/04/2011 12:12

All I know is that my kids would be in serious trouble with me if they ever kicked/damaged anyone's car or other property.

PS off the op's topic but releva t to some posters - thank you to the cyclists who DO stop at traffic lights and crossings. Far better than the ones who speed on through so I have to snatch my children back off the road to keep them alive/unhurt.

ivykaty44 · 08/04/2011 12:15

It is really dangerous the way cyclists and motorists do jump red lights, I think they are in the minority as most drivers and cyclists do seem to be sensible

NinkyNonker · 08/04/2011 12:28

Ahhh, well we've only ever had an RS6 so I guess that's why we like them! Grin

Finger · 08/04/2011 12:38

OP you are so lucky that wasn't me in the car. What the fuck even gives you the idea you have the right to damage another person's property? You are an absolutey irresponsible cunt and its cyclists like you who should be driven of the road, forced to have a riding test and pay tax and insurance before being allowed back again. You have clearly highlighted the fact that as usual cyclists believe they are above the law. I suggest you should actually report this incident to the police yourself.

JaxTellersOldLady · 08/04/2011 12:40

ERRRRr Finger

The OP was on a MOTORBIKE! Not a bicycle. FFS

Feel free to apologise at any time to OP.

StealthPolarBear · 08/04/2011 12:41

erm think the OP was on a motorbike actually

Longtime · 08/04/2011 12:43

Seriously? Criminal damage? OP, was there any damage to the car?

ivykaty44 · 08/04/2011 12:43

The OP has paid tax and possibly has taken a motorbike test - she/he doesn't say whether she rides on a "L" plates

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar · 08/04/2011 12:44

Well finger if the twat in the Audi had knocked the OP off her motorbike, there'd have been a whole lot more damage to his car. Besides, she didn't damage it.

Are you Jeremy Clarkson?

Finger · 08/04/2011 13:05

Ooops sincere sorry apologies to OP for not reading post properly. I accept OP will have tax, insurance and a license but the rest stands. OP probably shouldnt be allowed on the road on a motorbike if she can't control her rage like that and in no way does she have the right to take the law into her own hands and to deal out a punishment. Suggest she gets herself back to driving school to see if she can iron that road rage out.

Longtime · 08/04/2011 13:24

Finger, it's not as if she took a crowbar to the car and smashed it up. She was just trying to draw his attention to the fact that he should be being a bit more attentive.

socialhandgrenade · 08/04/2011 14:10

Cyclists or bikers giving drivers a 'warning' tap can be misperceived as aggression. My cousin cycles in London and rapped on the side of a van to warn the driver she was there as traffic was very heavy and she was being forced into another lane of traffic by his van. When he didn't move, she tapped again. The driver then got out of his van and man-handled her to the pavement and started pushing her. Luckily she is a rower and very strong so once she had collected her thoughts, she gave him a thump, jumped back on her bike and peddled away. But if that had been me, a complete weakling, I dread to think what would have happened.

LDNmummy · 08/04/2011 14:32

JenaiMarr thats why I am going to be getting a volvo Grin

JenaiMarrHePlaysGuitar · 08/04/2011 15:24

That is wise, LDN

There are far too many drunken 30-something mothers roaming the streets at night Grin

WelliesAndPyjamas · 09/04/2011 09:36

They were both WRONG and irresponsible, him for being on the phone and her for kicking someone else's property. As bad as each other.

PeachyPossum · 09/04/2011 09:52

It can cost hundreds to fix bumps on cars. Little sod walloped the back of my old BMW with a tennis racket (kid was about 4 foot tall and built like a rake, and knew what he was doing) dent was minimal, but had caught the car at such an angle that the repair was quoted at over £200. I'm fairly certain a women in boots kicking a car could cause more/similar damage, that may not have been immediately apparent in the situation described. You don't need a crowbar to cost a car owner hundreds, some of you have clearly just not had this as an experience, fair enough.

Claiming that on your insurance would mean no claims bonus would be affected, increasing your costs on insurance over the next few years, plus you have to cover the excess.

Deliberately damaging someone else's property, whether being a vigilante or not, is criminal damage.

White car with cream leather not my cuppa tea though.

Wellies is quite right.

Longtime · 09/04/2011 15:50

Well maybe a boot could cost more damage than a tap with a flat hand on the boot of a car. Still think she was right to alert him to the fact that he was driving dangerously. What if he'd run someone over with his twattery?

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